Facts So Romantic

Facts So Romantic’s Best Posts of 2014

Elephant's Foot Chernobyl
Chernobyl's still-lethal "Elephant's Foot"—US Dept of Energy

In its mission to explore how science is connected with culture and our lives, Nautilus’ signature tool is a well-told, beautifully illustrated feature story. But not all of the magazine’s message comes in those longform pieces; some of it comes in smaller chunks here on Facts So Romantic. (The name of the blog, by the way, comes from a Jules Verne quote: “Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.”)

Now, at the end of 2014, we look back on our 14 best blog posts from the past year. They show the expansive sweep of what science is revealing, and begin to piece together what it means about our world. 


Here are the 10 most-visited FSR posts from 2014:

#1: Chernobyl’s Hot Mess, “the Elephant’s Foot,” Is Still Lethal
by Kyle Hill
(This post was actually published in December 2013, but continues to draw heavy traffic, and is the most popular all-time Nautilus piece.) 

#2: The Sound So Loud That It Circled the Earth Four Times
by Aatish Bhatia

#3: Can You Identify These Cities From Their Light Signatures?
by Rose Eveleth 

#4: What Do Blind People Actually See?
by Jim Davies

#5: The Unusual Language That Linguists Thought Couldn’t Exist
by Julie Sedivy

#6: Watching the Birth of a New Breed: the Werewolf Cat
by Ian Chant

#7: Carriers: A Webcomic on Health, Luck, and Life
by Lauren Weinstein

#8: How Is a Genius Different From a Really Smart Person?
by Claire Cameron

#9: The Crumbling Ancient Texts That May Hold Life-Saving Cures
by Amy Maxmen

#10: The Most Massive Object in the Universe—How Was It Created?
by Matthew Francis


While these 10 popular posts contain a great mix of short-form Nautilus, there are occasionally some especially strong posts that do not get as much attention as they deserve. Here are 4 of our underappreciated stories from this year; please help give them the attention they deserve.

Austria’s Ahead-of-Its-Time Institute That Was Lost to Nazis
by Chelsea Wald

Biologists’ Clever Way to Detect Animals They Can’t Find
by Ben Goldfarb

Are Digital Cameras Changing the Nature of Movies?
by Andrew O’Hehir

Mirror Neurons Are Essential, but Not in the Way You Think
by Jason Goldman


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