As 2005 draws to a close, the usual year-end rants about the best of this and that have begun. From the sloppy triteness of Guardian's umpteen lists to the jarringly geeky blogger manuals, there's no escaping this uncalled for windfall. Nevertheless, some light does shine through this morass of worse and worst.
If you, like I, have been smarting over the lack of distinction in this yearly routine, here is something to cheer you up. Journal Science has taken the lead in infusing some measure of sanity in this sorry state.
It has proclaimed Evolution as the scientific breakthrough of 2005, in a year when Darwin's pet theory was heinously attacked by armchair theists garbed as stodgy creationists. The BBC website reports:
The studies bestowed with the title "breakthrough of the year" by Science include the sequencing of the chimpanzee genome; recreation of the 1918 flu virus in a laboratory; and a study on European blackcap birds which demonstrated how two different populations can become two separate species.
The announcement comes in the same week that a US court banned the teaching of intelligent design in classrooms.
Thank Heavens for small mercies! For more, click here.