Top scientific discoveries of 2008


This video says about itself:

German scientists published new work on zebrafish embryonic development. This time-lapse video shows the zebrafish from 64 cells into development to 20,000 cells.

Here are the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2008, according to Time magazine.

And here are the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2008, according to Science magazine; not the same ones as Time‘s.

And here are the top 10 scientific discoveries of 2008, according to Scientific American magazine; different ones again.

Top Ten dinosaur and fossil stories, according to National Geographic: here.

What was the worst science in 2008? According to Dutch daily NRC and its science editor Ellen de Bruin, it was United States psychologists helping with the torture of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay and secret CIA prisons in Europe. Ms de Bruin says it was bad science in two ways: it was criminal. And confessions by torture are worthless, as tortured people will confess things which they have never done.

Celebrities’ scientific illiteracy in 2008: here.

It is always a bit risky to review a year before it’s completely finished, as much may happen during its last days. I have plans to review some things about this blog in 2008; however, I intend to wait till early 2009 for that.

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