1. Top Quark: Aatish Bhatia, The crayola-fication of the world: How we gave colors names, and it messed with our brains
2. Strange Quark: Cosma Shalizi, In Soviet Union, Optimization Problem Solves You
3. Charm Quark: Holly Dunsworth, Forget bipedalism. What about babyish?
Holly's winning post was just one of many she's done here, and indeed deserving. Hats off, Holly! We are so very glad you have been so vital to making MT a successful, thoughtful place for thoughts to be expressed about life and its evolution, and the scientific challenge to understand it. You did yet another great job and we hope this won't spoil you so that you don't leave us for greener pastures!
And, congratulations to the first and second prize winners as well! Brilliant posts, all!