Sharks, Zombies, Weird Clouds: The Most Popular Stories of 2009

From Wired:

This has been Wired Science’s most successful year, by far. We like to think this is the result of a combination of your excellent taste and our efforts to learn what you like to read.

We have often joked that the perfect Wired Science story is about robot sharks with lasers in space. While we haven’t gotten a chance to write that one just yet, looking at this list of our most popular stories of the year, we’ve come pretty close. Golden-silk-spinning spiders, the mathematics of zombies and weird clouds were all among your favorites.

10. Mysterious, Glowing Clouds Appear Across America’s Night Skies
Speaking of weird clouds, number 10 on our 2009 hit list is the mysterious appearance of noctilucent clouds in the night skies over the United States and Europe. These night-shining clouds typically form closer to the poles, but more frequent sightings in lower latitudes could be the result of human-caused climate change.
9. Astronauts Spot Mysterious Ice Circles in World’s Deepest Lake
Apparently our readers love a good mystery, judging from numbers 9 and 10 on our list. In April, astronauts on the International Space Station took this photograph of circular formations in the ice on the surface of Lake Baikal. Scientists later determined the strange circles were caused by methane rising from the lake bottom.

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  • mariacurey

    As it usually happens at the end of the year, lists of the best of the year come out. I thought that ATS readers would enjoy this list. It has some great images and interesting science tidbits. I especially liked the clouds and ice formations. Both have been discussed in the forums. Have a great New Year!
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  • mariacurey

    As it usually happens at the end of the year, lists of the best of the year come out. I thought that ATS readers would enjoy this list. It has some great images and interesting science tidbits. I especially liked the clouds and ice formations. Both have been discussed in the forums. Have a great New Year!
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  • Michelle paskas

    OMG! Me and my friend knew something was going on. we Knew that there is going to be zombies and witches and stuff like that but no one belived us. And I brought it up about zombies to my friend and I can see ghost and i get contact to the dead and they said this was going to happen and this is only a start. and most people won’t believe me about the dead and all but, I know that there is 5 you can say really bad ghost in the pye school and 20 others that can cause harm but don’t. And I am only 10 years old but I got stuff to make um go to the next life.

  • Michelle paskas

    OMG! Me and my friend knew something was going on. we Knew that there is going to be zombies and witches and stuff like that but no one belived us. And I brought it up about zombies to my friend and I can see ghost and i get contact to the dead and they said this was going to happen and this is only a start. and most people won’t believe me about the dead and all but, I know that there is 5 you can say really bad ghost in the pye school and 20 others that can cause harm but don’t. And I am only 10 years old but I got stuff to make um go to the next life.

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