|"If a picture's worth a thousand words, a GIF is easily worth a million. The file format-which uses a series of images to produce a looping video, like a flip book-is a tremendous way to convey all sorts of moving wonders, and 2013 was the year that the GIF truly went mainstream, with GIFs of celebrities, sports and politicians filling the Web.|
But 2013 was also a banner year for science-so much so that the word 'science' was Merriam-Webster's word of the year. It's appropriate, then, that we use the GIF to explore some of the coolest, weirdest, most remarkable science stories of 2013. What follows is a non-exhaustive list of amazing science GIFs from 2013, in no particular order."