How 2009 Worked
From the historical U.S. presidential inauguration to a world flu pandemic, 2009 was a year of successes and concerns. This year, we endured a recession, marveled at Mars and flooded the Internet with Michael Jackson searches.
In 2009, we heard a lot of proposals for how to fix the U.S. health care system, and 2010 promises to hold more of the same. What are the problems in the system, and what are we trying to fix?
In 2009, the historic Isle of Man TT circuit was the setting for the inaugural TTXGP Carbon Free Grand Prix -- a high-speed motorcycle race that prohibits competitors from using petroleum-based fuels.
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Every year, a brand new wave of hardware and software hits the market. Some products go boom, and others go bust. As 2009 drew to a close, what technological trends turned out to be the year's biggest hits?
You may think that something called the "lipstick indicator" sounds a little silly. Fair enough. But this tiny spending decision speaks volumes about consumer confidence -- especially during recessions.
For the longest time, the U.S. power grid slogged on, unchanged and rarely challenged. That is, until 2009, when the idea of a smart grid -- a modernized electric network -- starting making the news.
In the aftermath of the housing boom in the early 2000s, homeowners started to learn that poor-quality drywall could make them sick. How do you know if your drywall is toxic?
In April 2009, a Sherpa led a team of 40 people up Mount Everest to clean up the pile of garbage that's collected on the mountainside. But is there a cleanup plan for all those dead bodies?
This year marked Barbie's 50th anniversary. Her career has included turns as president, a paleontologist and an astronaut -- and she's always dressed to kill. Who could believe this all-American icon has scandalous German roots?
In 2009, cloud computing became more than just a buzzword. From the rise of netbooks to some notable service outages, people couldn't stop talking about how cloud computing will change the way we use computers.
The outbreak of swine flu caused everything from panic to ennui. At HowStuffWorks, we went below the protective masks to figure out what this disease is, how it differs from seasonal flu and how to prevent it.
Global warming is always in the news, but you've probably heard a lot in 2009 about droughts, floods, biodiversity loss and heat waves. What are 10 of the worst effects of global warming?
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At HowStuffWorks, we're always curious, and 2008 gave us a lot to be curious about -- financial bailouts, skyrocketing food prices and, of course, the Google algorithm. Here are our top 10 questions of the year -- answered. What are yours?