This past year, we went on some amazingly strange journeys and made some bizarre discoveries. We ventured into realms of weird science, and delved into the meaning of pop culture. We asked some dangerous questions — and sometimes, the results were too complicated to boil down to a few snappy paragraphs.
So here are the best long reads that io9 published in 2012, including essays as well as journalism.
Top image: Just one of the dazzling images from the image and VFX design studio Framestore that io9 was lucky enough to feature in 2012 — this one was part of a celebration of our dreams of space exploration at the American Museum of Natural History. See more beautiful images here.