Best of 2020

  • To celebrate the new year, here's a hand-picked selection of the most impressive photos of 2020. This gallery gathers our favorite images from the past year, including subway fighting mice, head-spinning wildlife snaps, and some spectacular drone shots.
  • Small campers were quite well-represented in this Year of the RV, but some impressive larger motorhomes also made their debuts. From wheeled smart mansions, to van-back wilderness cabins, here are the top motorhomes we've looked at in 2020.
  • From custom printed carbon fiber to a frame that pumps up your tires, it's time for a look back at some of the most interesting bicycle-related products we encountered over the past 365 days.
  • Japanese mathematician Kokichi Sugihara has won the annual Illusion of the Year Contest with a fascinating 3D model of a nearly 200-year old 2D illusion. The contest, run by the UK-based Neural Correlate Society has been bending brains for 16 years.
  • The RV surged in popularity this year, inspiring many to look for small, affordable leisure vehicle options. The industry answered with a surge of new mini-campers ranging from compact expandable trailers to amphibious electric three-wheelers.
  • From a new twist on a wooden cabin to an experimental 3D-printed concrete house, our selection of the best houses of 2020 showcases the 10 most interesting and well-designed examples of residential architecture we've seen this year.
  • Whether it is crafting the world’s fastest electrodes or building battery parts out of microwaved plastic, 2020 showed us just how imaginative scientists can be when it comes developing technologies for next-generation energy storage.
  • The year 2020 has been a strange and disruptive one for all of us, but the smartphone industry has barely slowed down and we've seen some fantastic handsets appear. These are our picks for the very best phones that launched in 2020.
  • We've covered a lot of bikes this year. But rather than putting together some sort of practical, affordable buyer's guide, we thought it'd be interesting to highlight the fresh and left-field design ideas that broke new ground in 2020.
  • From e-AWD camping trailers that are no longer merely towed to camp, to all-electric mini-motorhomes, to plug-in hybrid camper vans with more practical ranges, 2020 welcomed many promising electric camper debuts, innovations and developments.
  • As 2020 comes to a close, we present our pick of the best, most innovative, and most unusual tiny houses we've seen this year, including a supersized tiny house that sleeps eight people and an unusual compact model based on an airplane fuselage.
  • Wrist-based technology continues to evolve and improve, and the smartwatches of 2020 have packed in more features, sensors and general intelligence than any that have come before them. Here are our top picks.