In case you missed them, here are some articles from December of particular interest to R users.

R was featured in recent articles in Nature News and Mashable.

A recap of the 6th Spanish R Users Conference.

R was the recipient of a 2014 "Bossie" award for best open-source big data tools.

A fractal Christmas tree created with R.

You can use the rgl package to explore a 3-D shapefile of the comet Churyumovâ€“Gerasimenko (no sign of Philae, though).

Using R to solve a probability problem about assigning tasks to people on randomly-selected days.

Looking at how the Queen's Christmas speech has evolved over 50 years.

A list of useful statistical resources from 2014 (many related to R), from Jeff Leek.

Revolution Analytics is offering cash sponsorships for local R user groups for its 2015 program.

The new leadership of the R Foundation.

How to make interactive 2-D and 3-D R plots with Plotly.

Useful examples of cartography with complex survey data from the swmap project.

The ASA publishes new guidelines on undergraduate Statistics programs.

Revolution R Open 8.0.1 is now available for download, based on R 3.1.2.

The latest O'Reilly survey of data scientists indicates prevalent use of R, surprisingly low use of Python stats libraries.

Quandl now publishing new commercial data sources accessible from R.

A graph-based method of clustering CRAN packages into "communities" like "statistical learning".

A webinar on sports analytics with R and Storm.

Cindy Brewer, who created the palettes behind the RColorBrewer package, is profiled in Wired magazine.

Highlights from some recent local R user group presentations on D3 visualizations, Slidify, ggplot2, data.table and more.

The 25 most-referenced R packages, according to the PageRank algorithm.

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: spirally optical illusions, a short film exploring the Solar System, and the top big-data analytics companies.

As always, thanks for the comments and please send any suggestions to me at david@revolutionanalytics.com. Don't forget you can follow the blog using an RSS reader, via email using blogtrottr, or by following me on Twitter (I'm @revodavid). You can find roundups of previous months here.