It's hard to believe another year is almost in the books, but we're roughly two weeks out from 2019. As everybody and every publication looks back on 12 months of accomplishments, well, we've cheated a bit. Back in July, we already shared our favorite pieces of feature journalism (#longform or #longreads, of course) from January through June.
Ars' unique blend of technical know-how and thorough reporting didn't end mid-summer, of course. To start, the backhalf of any given year always brings with it a few of our signature, Siracusan-reviews (want to know everything about your favorite operating systems: Android, iOS, and/or macOS?). There were crimes involving cheese danishes, a guide to all these companies starting to build their own AI-focused silicon, and a professional cave diver explaining why that Thai cave rescue took so long.
On top of all of it, of course we had a few stories you simply can't find elsewhere, like an explainer about how turbulence continues to frustrate physics gurus in 2018 and a guide as to why you should wait on that 5G phone marketers really want you to buy in 2019. So with only two Orbital Transmission newsletters left for in the calendar (launch date for the last looks like December 27 or 28), we're sharing a few more of our favorite in-depth pieces of Ars journalism from the year. Feel free to print 'em out if you need a little plane or train reading, of course.