It’s been one heck of a year here at SmartPlanet.
Since our quiet relaunch in June of 2009, we’ve grown significantly to cover a broad group of topics, from high-speed rail to biofuels to medical imaging technology to corporate sustainability to green building. (Phew!)
And we just keep rolling, with big plans for 2011 (more on that soon!).
In the meantime, check out these 10 essential SmartPlanet posts, chosen by yours truly.
Why did I choose these, you ask? Some are engaging interviews with amazing people, some are incredible feats of technological advancement and some just foreshadow what’s coming next year.
At SmartPlanet, our focus is on “insight and ideas that impact your world.”
So here are 10 of them:
In this post from January, a British report predicts what some of the most popular jobs could be in 2030, including vertical farmer, limb maker, waste data handler or narrowcaster.
In this touching post from February, correspondent Melanie D.G. Kaplan speaks with George Visger, one of the many retired NFL players struggling to deal with permanent brain damage as a result of numerous football-related concussions.
SmartPlanet correspondent Christina Hernandez spoke with a 17-year-old high school graduate in July about her discovery of a more efficient way to test for harmful E. Coli strains in our water.
In November, SmartPlanet’s talented video team visited University of California neuroscientist Flavio Oliveira to discuss his research on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and his effort to understand how decisions are made by studying which hand a person chooses for an action.
In November, SmartPlanet editor Andrew Nusca — yes, me — visited the TEDxPhilly conference, where Temple University researcher Iyad Obeid demonstrated how his team is working to control mechanical devices with the human brain.
In October, tech correspondent John Herrman explained how and why medical researchers, not defense contractors, are delivering the first wave of wearable robotics.
Business Brains blogger Joe McKendrick outlines a June study by the Brookings Institute that predicts that growth, diversity, aging populations, income polarization and educational issues will dominate big city agendas over the coming decade.
Energy correspondent Melissa Mahony writes in May about aerogels, ultra-lightweight sponges that can absorb toxins in air, water and — most importantly for the energy industry — oil.
Science correspondent Boonsri Dickinson in June interviewed geneticist George Church about the race between China and U.S. researchers to decode the entire human genome — and his own ambitions to beat everyone to the finish line.
Here’s to 2011.