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A HAPPY New Year in Review

If you’re looking for a recap of the worst tragedies of 2012 or a list of people who died, this ain’t the right article. There are plenty of other websites that are going to remind you of the bad stuff, so we thought we’d send you off into 2013 with a happy list of some of the most awesome things that happened this year. We hope you enjoy reading about these amazing people and events and that you have a very Happy New Year! <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>1.       </strong><strong>The World Didn’t End</strong></li> </ol> We can’t describe how happy we are that that the Maya were completely wrong. Okay, so maybe the chances of this happening were nil anyway, but it’s not like these people were complete dolts. They clearly had a grip on math, architecture and a lot of other things that remain a mystery to many of the most educated among us today, so we’re happy their numbers didn’t add up on this one. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>2.      </strong><strong>Mind-Controlled Prosthetics</strong></li> </ol> There were several incredible technological leaps made in 2012, from the development of the first reusable rocket to a 3D printer inexpensive enough for the consumer market, but we think the very best invention this year was achieved by researchers at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the University of California, Irvine, who created <em><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/6/3296155/brain-controlled-robotic-legs-demonstration">robotic legs that can be controlled with your brain</a></em>. The application of this technology goes far beyond prosthetics, of course, and brings us into a completely new frontier – a future where the hope will be that our robot overlords will be kind to us. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>3.      </strong><strong>Mars Invasion</strong></li> </ol> Many people probably don’t care about the Curiosity rover landing on Mars, but no one can argue that it’s a tremendously impressive feat and a further step by humankind into the void of space. The Curiosity is the size of a car and can be driven around by us, but even cooler is its onboard array of scientific equipment, which we can also control for the next two years. <em><a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/index.html">On Mars</a> – another moving planet that is, on average, 140 million miles away.</em> <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>4.      </strong><strong>Space Jumper <em> </em></strong></li> </ol> We would agree with most critics that it doesn’t take much talent to fall down, but when you do it from 24 miles above the Earth and <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHtvDA0W34I">break the sound barrier with your body</a></em> on the way then you’ve earned some applause. Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking skydive (space dive?) is much more amazing, though, for what it represents: the indomitable human spirit and our drive to push the limits of our bodies and our imaginations to discover the unknown. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>5.      </strong><strong>The Entire 2012 Olympic Games</strong></li> </ol> Triumph in sports is always an inspiring thing, but we couldn’t pick just one moment that really defined the year – so we’re just going with the Olympic Games in total. The ceremonies, the spectators, the imagery, and of course, the brilliant athletic performances are all included in this one. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/">ATGStores.com</a> hopes that this inspiring look back gives you a good start to your new year and wishes all of you the best in 2013. If we missed listing your favorite moment of 2012, feel free to write in and share!
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