By Sarah June Fischer December 29, 2015

2015 in Review: 8 Advancements in Science and Tech

The end of 2015 is approaching faster than we’d like, but this year hasn’t passed without a lot of monumental changes, especially in the realms of science and technology. Read on for some of the most exciting news of 2015.

1. Net Neutrality Upheld

Feb. 26, 2015 | Read More »
Early this year, fears over net neutrality—or its lack—were put to rest when the Federal Communications Commission voted to require that all service providers treat Internet traffic as equal.

2. Apple Releases the Apple Watch

April 24, 2015 | Read More »
Apple released its newest installment of wearable tech, which had an estimated 2.3 million preorders.

Apple Watch

3. Oculus Reveals Virtual Reality Headset

June 11, 2015 | Read More »
Companies continue to vie for the leading spot in virtual reality innovations. Oculus, bought by Facebook last year, announced the Oculus Rift, a new virtual reality headset.

4. Volkswagen Uses Software to Trick Emissions Tester

Sept. 2015 | Read More »
Volkswagen got into hot water this year when it equipped its cars with software that detected emissions testers and altered performance to improve its results. Over 482,000 cars in the U.S. were accused of cheating, but Volkswagen admitted that over 11 million cars world-wide were equipped with the software.

5. Water Discovered on Mars

Sept. 28, 2015 | Read More »
Pack your bags! NASA reported in September that the Mars Reconnoissance Orbiter found recent evidence of water on the Red Planet.

Water on Mars

6. Google Debuts Self-Driving Car

Dec. 16, 2015 | Read More »
After Google debuted its self-driving car this year, it announced plans to partner with Ford to bring the prototype to the streets.

7. Star Wars Breaks Box Office Records

Dec. 18, 2015 | Read More »
The long-awaited Episode VII broke box office records this month. Star Wars: The Force Awakens grossed over $247 million in its first weekend in the U.S. alone.

8. SpaceX Lands Rocket After Orbital Launch

Dec. 21, 2015 | Read More »
SpaceX completed a year-long goal when it successfully landed a reusable rocket. The rocket stuck the landing after it reached a height of 124 miles and safely delivered 11 satellites into orbit.

Reusable Rocket