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2023: Year in Review

As the year draws to a close, take some time to remember all that’s happened, for better or worse, in the last 12 months.

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    2023: Year in News

    2023: Year in News

    The world got hotter this year, both in temperature and global conflict. Two major wars continued to dominate headlines along with a neverending stream of climate change updates. Here are our picks for the most important news stories of 2023.

    2023: Year in Climate Crisis

    2023: Year in Climate Crisis

    The U.N. announced that Earth is experiencing its hottest year on record. Scientists warned that carbon emissions are on track to exceed safe limits by 2030. And NOAA called this the worst year for billion-dollar disasters. But young activists in Montana said "enough" and sued the state over fossil fuel development. They won. Climate news painted a dire picture, but the fight is far from over.

    2023: Year in Politics

    2023: Year in Politics

    A narrowly divided House of Representatives proved to be ungovernable. A former president faced a record four criminal indictments. An ethics scandal rocked the Supreme Court. These are our picks for the top political stories of this very tumultuous year.

    2023: Year in Tech

    2023: Year in Tech

    It's been quite a transformative year for the technology industry, with the mass adoption of artificial intelligence systems, the introduction of Twitter alternatives and who could forget about the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank? Apple dived into the virtual reality space, a move which has been met with awe, excitement and doubt. Elon Musk rebranded Twitter to X and social media has been awash with misinformation, particularly in relation to the Israel-Hamas war.

    2023: Year in Business

    2023: Year in Business

    The past year has been marked by mass union strikes, worries about AI, along with CEO downfalls and comebacks. Pessimistic consumers are still spending, and high inflation with low unemployment has been vexing economists. Here are some of the top business stories of 2023.

    2023: Year in Science

    2023: Year in Science

    Astronomers found some surprising things in our universe, new innovations in bio-engineering could change medicine forever, and anthropologists overhauled our understanding of human history. This year saw some eye-popping scientific advancements and discoveries, but also looming threats and ethical dilemmas to go along with them.

    2023: Year in Entertainment

    2023: Year in Entertainment

    Hollywood production shut down for months because of strikes by the writers' and actors' unions over issues like compensation and AI. Yet it was a boom year for cinemas thanks to the Barbieheimer phenomenon and concert films by Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. Making a surprise comeback in 2023? The Beatles. "Succession" came to an end, Disney turned 100, and "Everything Everywhere All at Once" cleaned up at the Oscars.

    2023: Year in Sports

    2023: Year in Sports

    It was a year that had it all — off the field as well as on it. A moment of triumph marred by an unwanted kiss that shook the global soccer landscape. Cheating accusations that entangled college football’s winningest program. The pop starlet cheering from the luxury box, and a “You Can’t See Me” taunt that everyone saw on repeat. Here’s a look back at the top sports stories of the year.

    2023: Year in Celebrity

    2023: Year in Celebrity

    This was the year of the celeb memoir. From Prince Harry to Britney Spears, they told tales of perseverance, trauma, and frostbite of the penis. Reality TV fans were glued to the "Vanderpump Rules" cheating scandal — aka the Scandoval. Taylor Swift got a new boo, Rihanna announced her pregnancy at the Super Bowl and Gwyneth lost half a day of skiing. In October, "Friends" star Matthew Perry died, and Hollywood mourned.

    2023: The Year in Photography

    2023: The Year in Photography

    To reflect on the year in photography is to reflect on the year in tragedy, including the Israel-Hamas war, a year of Russia’s war in Ukraine, and the wildfire in Maui. The rise of AI and “promptography” were also huge topics, particularly after an AI-generated image won a major photography contest. The Nature Photograph of the Year, an ethereal shot of a bear in the Andes, offers a kind of antidote to the noise and heartbreak. Enjoy these photos and many more in this retrospective.

    2023: Year in Travel

    2023: Year in Travel

    Travel was truly back in 2023 as COVID-19 restrictions lifted. Where did people go? Mykonos was the No. 1 destination of the summer, while Passalacqua in Lake Como, Italy, was voted the world's best hotel. TV shows like "The White Lotus" also impacted where people chose to vacation. As important as "where" was "how" and "with whom" as sustainable and solo adventures hit the mainstream. And Congress got involved in the bid to ditch so-called junk fees and make travel more transparent.

    2023: Year in Forgotten Stories

    2023: Year in Forgotten Stories

    The news never stops and unfortunately some really important stories get lost in the flood of coverage — or, in the case of mass shootings, are so common that no one really pays attention any more. Here are our picks for the top neglected stories of the past year.

    2023: Year in Goodbyes

    2023: Year in Goodbyes

    We look back on the personal lives, remarkable careers and interviews of unforgettable celebrities and notable figures we've lost this year. Reflect on the influential music of Tina Turner, the queen of Rock 'n' Roll, revisit the exceptional political leadership of former senator Dianne Feinstein and check out the highlights from sports greats Jim Brown, Dick Butkus and Bob Knight and many more captivating stories from those who have passed away.

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