|Time Magazine's Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of 2008 Can Suck It
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
Right. This made me so mad I had to make a sweary LJ post about it, and that means it was incredibly infuriating. No really.
What could upset the bouncy, smiling nanila, you might be wondering. Why, it’s the Time Magazine Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of 2008.
- The Large Hadron Collider. Uh, okay. As far as I can work out, they put it first because it didn’t destroy the world. On the other hand, I feel the need to point out that it didn’t fucking work either. It’s BROKEN. It’s going to take until NEXT JUNE to fix. And it broke before it actually, you know, made any scientific discoveries.
- The North Pole of Mars. Okay, this doesn’t piss me off. What pisses me off is that it should have been first, because Mars Phoenix discovered quite a lot about our dusty red neighbour, while the LHC didn’t do ANYTHING OTHER THAN BLOODY BREAK.
- Creating Life. This is about Craig Venter and his claim to have designed a functioning bacterium. Well, I’m sorry, but until it actually gets built, it’s what we call a “hypothesis” not a “scientific discovery”.
- China Soars Into Space. Excuse me? Are you trying to imply that the Chinese just discovered space? Wait, is this the Top Ten Discoveries of 2008 BC?
- More Gorillas in the Mist. I don’t mean to imply that it’s a bad thing that the wild gorilla population was larger than originally thought. I do, however, take offense at the notion that the fifth-best scientific discovery of 2008 was that scientists can fucking count.
- Brave New Worlds. Okay, discovering lots of exoplanets is pretty damn cool. However, it once again points to the seeming public perception that the thing scientists can do best is count.
- The Power of Invisibility. At last! Real science! All right, Time, you can have this one. But I still have to point out that by my reckoning, this is Scientific Discovery #2.
- Cenozoic Park. More genuine science, and amusing at that since it involves reconstructing the genome of a woolly mammoth from a hairball. Perhaps all is not lost.
- Can You Spell Science? Never mind. It is lost. Because it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that most people haven’t got a fucking clue what constitutes “science”. Some of them might even work at Time.
- First Family. A last clutch at redemption. I’ll give it to you this Time, but don’t try to pull this kind of shit again.