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Top 100 Science Trends of 2012

From Libido-Increasing Nasal Sprays to Storm-Locating Apps

— December 27, 2012 — Tech
As was the case in many other industries this year, science trends of 2012 leaned more towards technology than they did before. Such products as storm-locating apps and augmented reality lenses led the way in the digital science world, making everyday life easier while taking humanity one step closer to the future depicted in shows like The Jetsons.

An array of interesting and lighthearted scientific finds presented themselves in 2012 as well; things like non-melting chocolate and phone call-responding tattoos may not be in the history textbooks of the 3000s (or will they?), but they do bring science to industries, and thus consumers, that would otherwise be unconcerned.

Check out our Science Trend Report if you're interested in applying these microtrends to your company's projects.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Vision-Controlling Apps
Vision-Controlling Apps
'Dream:ON' May Be Able to Adjust Your Midnight Thoughts
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99
Surreal Space Snapshots
Surreal Space Snapshots
The NASA ATREX Rocket Launch Left Stunning Streaks in the Sky
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98
Artificial Mandibles
Artificial Mandibles
LayerWise & Research Institute Biomed Create 3D-Printed Jaw for 83-Year-Old
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97
Kitten Decision-Making Contraptions
Kitten Decision-Making Contraptions
Schrodinger's Cat Makes the Difficult Choices for You
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96
Affordable Astronaut Apparel
Affordable Astronaut Apparel
Final Frontier Design Creates Economical Gear
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95
Glucose-Communicating Contacts
Glucose-Communicating Contacts
Microsoft and Washington University Develop Blood Sugar Contacts
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94
Kitten Predator Captures
Kitten Predator Captures
Research Team Shares Photos and Video Taken with the Kitty Cam
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93
Melodic Everyday Objects
Melodic Everyday Objects
'An Instrument for the Sonification of Everyday Things' Makes Music
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92
Movie Chemistry Ads
Movie Chemistry Ads
The CineGlobe International Film Festival Campaign is Inspired by Science
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91
Astonishing Astrological Infographics
Astonishing Astrological Infographics
The ‘All 786 Known Planets to Scale’ Maps Space
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90
Rocky Northern Light Abodes
Rocky Northern Light Abodes
The Hydraulic Power Station by Stein Harme Architecture is Mystical
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89
Heat-Regulating Brit Blazers
Heat-Regulating Brit Blazers
Blake London Uses NASA Technology to Keep Men Stylish and Warm
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88
Wind-Generated H20
Wind-Generated H20
The Eole Water Turbine Purification System Grabs Liquid from Air
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87
Storm Aftermath Natural Prisms
Storm Aftermath Natural Prisms
Noah Kalina Captures the Beautiful Hurricane Sandy Rainbow
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86
Cosmic Cabernets
Cosmic Cabernets
Ian Hutcheon's Meteorito Wine is Aged With a 4.5-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite
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85
House-Collapsing Hurricane Videos
House-Collapsing Hurricane Videos
A Building Falls Apart During the Hurricane Sandy Devastation
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84
Moldable Magnetic Builders
Moldable Magnetic Builders
Buckybars Provide Desktop Sculptural Amusement
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83
Phone Call-Responding Tatts
Phone Call-Responding Tatts
The Nokia Vibrating Tattoo Consists of Ferromagnetic Inks
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82
Mind-Reading Armbands
Mind-Reading Armbands
BodyWave Technology at CES 2012 is Mind-Control Without a Headset
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81
Planetary Snapshot Apps (UPDATE)
Planetary Snapshot Apps (UPDATE)
The ‘Earth as Art’ Book is a Stunning Look at Nature
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80
Wearable Muscle Stimulators
Wearable Muscle Stimulators
The Elektrodress Helps Individuals Suffering From Nerve Disorders
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79
Ballooning Portable Planetariums
Ballooning Portable Planetariums
The Inflativerse Offers a View of Space in No Time at All
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78
Weather Station Smartphone Apps
Weather Station Smartphone Apps
Netatmo Will Forecast the Climate in Real-Time
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77
Stellar Cosmic Colony Paintings
Stellar Cosmic Colony Paintings
John Berkey Illustrates Wondrous Images of Futuristic Spacecrafts
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76
Outlet-Imitating Eco Chargers
Outlet-Imitating Eco Chargers
The SunVolt Solar Power Station Charges Multiple Gadgets at Once
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75
Twig-Covered Locomotive Platforms
Twig-Covered Locomotive Platforms
Westbahnhof Train Station by Shahira Hammad is Rustic
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74
Mad Scientist Militarism Murals
Mad Scientist Militarism Murals
The Blu Sardinia Wall Brings Attention to Italy's Chernobyl
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73
Mindful Manufacturing Cyborgs
Mindful Manufacturing Cyborgs
‘Rethink Robotics’ Designs a Robot Capable of Working wi
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72
Star Trek-Inspired Vessels
Star Trek-Inspired Vessels
The USS Enterprise Replica is a Dream Come True for Trekkies
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71
Toy Made Disability Chairs
Toy Made Disability Chairs
Simon Burfield's 'The Lego Wheelchair' is Plastic
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70
Excrement Energy Convertors
Excrement Energy Convertors
The Urine-Powered Generator Recycles Waste to Produce Electricity
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69
Mood-Sensing Autos
Mood-Sensing Autos
The RThropod Concept Car Connects on a Genetic Level with Drivers
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68
Speedy Lightweight Laptops
Speedy Lightweight Laptops
The Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook is Announced at CES 2012
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67
Creepy Mind-Controlled Couture
Creepy Mind-Controlled Couture
Mechapolypse Gown by Nange Magro Moves Via Concentration
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66
Engineered Iridescent Fish
Engineered Iridescent Fish
Scientists Injected Fluorescent Genes to Create Glow-in-the-Dark Fish
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65
Stylish Bio-Magnetic Accessories
Stylish Bio-Magnetic Accessories
Geoff Wright's BlueField Jewelry Has Health-Boosting Properties
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64
Ecological Wind Turbines
Ecological Wind Turbines
The Siemens B57 Blade Design Can Power Up to 1.8 Million Homes
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63
Brain Beats Charts
Brain Beats Charts
The 'Music and Learning' Infographic Explains Why Tunes Are Smart
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62
Sustainable Floating Fish Farms
Sustainable Floating Fish Farms
Kampachi Farms' Aquapods Raise Fish Without Harming Environment
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61
Powerful Weather Simulators
Powerful Weather Simulators
The FIU Wall of Wind Prevents Hurricane Destruction and Damage
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60
Biophotovoltaic-Inspired Furniture
Biophotovoltaic-Inspired Furniture
The Moss Table Generates Electricity Through Photosynthesis
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59
Animated MRI Food Scans
Animated MRI Food Scans
Andy Ellison Creates Stunning GIFS of Fruits and Vegetables
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58
Removable Prosthetic Trainers
Removable Prosthetic Trainers
Nike Sole Was Inspired by World Record Holder Sarah Reinertsen
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57
Digitalized Religious Practices
Digitalized Religious Practices
'Faith Condition' by Lukas Franciszkiewicz Challenges Digital Need
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56
Mega Moving Machine Transporters
Mega Moving Machine Transporters
The Blue Marlin is a Ship Designed to Carry Other Ships
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55
Muscle Tissue Mammal Museums
Muscle Tissue Mammal Museums
The 'Animal Inside Out' Exhibit Will Make You Cringe at Every Corner
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54
Augmented Reality Surgeries
Augmented Reality Surgeries
The CAMDASS May One Day Turn Astronauts Into Doctors
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53
Hilarious Extreme Weather Clips
Hilarious Extreme Weather Clips
The Ultimate Hurricane Reporter Fails Compilation is Amusing
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52
Translucent Solar Windows
Translucent Solar Windows
The Lightfarm Collects Energy and Looks Appealing
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51
Crystalized Video Sculptures
Crystalized Video Sculptures
Prismatica by Kit Webster is Whimsical and Fascinating
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50
Low-Cost 3D Printers
Low-Cost 3D Printers
Joseph Morris Discusses a Future with Personal Fabrication Technology
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49
Blustery Aerial Maps
Blustery Aerial Maps
The National Weather Service 'Wind Map' is an Airy View of the U.S.
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48
Automatic Specimen Stimulators
Automatic Specimen Stimulators
China Uses the Hands-Free ‘Sperm Extractor’ to Speed Up
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47
Miniature Future Fighter Jets
Miniature Future Fighter Jets
Autonomous Nano Quadrotors are the Most Futuristic Invention Yet
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46
Fantastical Floating Orbs
Fantastical Floating Orbs
The ZeroN Levitated Interaction Element Defies Gravity
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45
Mesmerizing Mother Nature Images
Mesmerizing Mother Nature Images
These Earth Photographs Honor the Envisat 10th Anniversary
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44
Gigantic Galaxy Graphs
Gigantic Galaxy Graphs
The 'Space Race Infographic' Puts the Entire Universe in One Chart
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43
Atomic Bomb Mapping Apps
Atomic Bomb Mapping Apps
Nukemap Displays the Potential Damage of Nuclear Weapons on Major Cities
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42
Scientific Socializing Infographics
Scientific Socializing Infographics
The Psychology of Social Networking Chart is Fascinating
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41
Vibrating Energy Structures
Vibrating Energy Structures
The Vibro-Wind Piezoelectric Pads are Eco-Friendly
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40
Thermal Footwear Accessories
Thermal Footwear Accessories
The 'Warm Shoestrings' Concept Keeps Toes Cozy in the Cold
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39
Breathing Metal Walls
Breathing Metal Walls
Doris Kim Sung's Work with Thermo-Bimetals is Inspired by Human Skin
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38
Light-Sensitive Astronomy Cameras
Light-Sensitive Astronomy Cameras
The Nightscape 8300 CCD Camera Lets You Photograph the Universe
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37
Exceptionally Compact Farming
Exceptionally Compact Farming
Dawai House's 'Compact Hydroponics Container' is Condensed
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36
Astronaut-Accommodating Airports
Astronaut-Accommodating Airports
The Virgin Galactic 'Spaceport America' is the First of Its Kind
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35
Common Curiosity Campaigns
Common Curiosity Campaigns
The Arizona Science Center Advertisements Ask Everyday Questions
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34
Inflatable Flying Energy Sources
Inflatable Flying Energy Sources
The 'Airborne Wind Turbine' is Sky-Bound for Sustainable Power
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33
Vivid Plasmic Furniture
Vivid Plasmic Furniture
The Inside of Amoeba Table is a Bold Biological Object
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32
Glass-Blown Artery Designs
Glass-Blown Artery Designs
Gary Farlow Recreates the Body's Vasculature System from Glass
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31
Libido-Increasing Nasal Sprays
Libido-Increasing Nasal Sprays
Tefina by Trimel Addresses Female Orgasmic Disorder
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30
Realistic Anatomical Jewelry
Realistic Anatomical Jewelry
Wear Your Insides as Accessories with Designs by Lou Giesen
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29
Smartphone-Charging Vending Machines
Smartphone-Charging Vending Machines
The Chewing Gum Battery Concept Vends Portable Power Strips
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28
Post-Lecture Blackboard Photography
Post-Lecture Blackboard Photography
Momentum by Alejandro Guijarro Symbolizes the Chaotic World
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27
Somber Space Suit Retrospectives
Somber Space Suit Retrospectives
Matthias Schaller Photographs Old Astronaut Gear Emotively
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26
Phytoplankton-Inspired Pavilions
Phytoplankton-Inspired Pavilions
The Cocoon_FS is a Portable Structure for PlanktonTech
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25
Microscopic Vegetation Portraits
Microscopic Vegetation Portraits
Phy-Topic by Rob Kesseler Captures Vibrant Seeds and Pollen
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24
Mountable Microscope Adapters
Mountable Microscope Adapters
The Magnifi iPhone Photoadapter Case Connects to Optical Instruments
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23
Wikipedia-Inspired Photography
Wikipedia-Inspired Photography
The Disambiguation Photo Series is Based Around Scientific Theories
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22
Time-Lapse Space Photographs
Time-Lapse Space Photographs
The ‘Star Trail’ Captures by Astronaut Don Pettit
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21
Magical Sci-Fi Gloves
Magical Sci-Fi Gloves
‘The Force Glove’ Will Teach Kids About Magnets in a Fun Way
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20
Excessively Comfortable Cycling Cushions
Excessively Comfortable Cycling Cushions
The Laterelle Bike Seats are Innovative and Modern
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19
Profound Scientist Posters
Profound Scientist Posters
Megan Lee Celebrates Great Minds with Minimalist Silhouette Tributes
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18
Up-Close Food Photographs
Up-Close Food Photographs
Electron Microscope Food Photography Looks at Everyday Edibles
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17
Macabre Ferrofluid Artworks
Macabre Ferrofluid Artworks
Schizophrenia by Alessandro Brighetti Revolves Around a Skull
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16
Interactive Outer-Orbit Light Shows
Interactive Outer-Orbit Light Shows
These Black Marble Images Were Recently Released by NASA
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15
Dew-Covered Insect Photography
Dew-Covered Insect Photography
The David Chambon Water-Covered Bug Images are Magical
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14
Water-Soluble Wrappers
Water-Soluble Wrappers
MonoSol Has Developed Edible and Dissolvable Food Packaging
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13
Mangled Anatomical Architecture
Mangled Anatomical Architecture
Primal Parts by Kyd Kitchaiya Explores the Biology of Building
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12
Augmented Reality Lenses
Augmented Reality Lenses
Innovega iOptik Contacts Will Let You See Multiple Images
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11
Scan-Coded Chemistry Charts
Scan-Coded Chemistry Charts
Artist Yiying Lu Gives the Periodic Table a QR Code Upgrade
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10
Physics Articulated Furinture
Physics Articulated Furinture
The Newton Dining Table is Inspired by the Laws of Gravity
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9
Bug Bite Syringes
Bug Bite Syringes
The Aspivenin Mosquito Bite Suction Device Prevents Pesky Itchiness
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8
Fierce Futuristic Fashionistas
Fierce Futuristic Fashionistas
Tejal Patni Creates a World of Tomorrow in This Splash Calendar
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7
Clever Science Campaigns (UPDATE)
Clever Science Campaigns (UPDATE)
Science World Billboards Teach Funky Facts
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6
Storm-Locating Maps
Storm-Locating Maps
The Hurricane Sandy Crisis Map Helps to Prepare for This Natural Disaster
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5
Medical O2 Masks
Medical O2 Masks
The Oxygen Rehabilitation Apparatus is a Futuristic Cell-Cleansing Accessory
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4
Solar System Chocolates
Solar System Chocolates
Japanese Chocolate Makers 'L'eclat' Create Out-of-This-World Treats
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3
Instagram Storm Blogs
Instagram Storm Blogs
The Hurricane Sandy Instacane Website Posts As-It-Happens Photos
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2
Streamlined Stingray Submarines
Streamlined Stingray Submarines
The GhostManta Submersible Vehicle Works with Underwater Creatures
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1
Transparent Globe Innovations
Transparent Globe Innovations
The Spherical Glass Solar Energy Generator by Andre Rawlemon
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