Best and worst of science in 2008

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London, Dec 26 (ANI): New Scientist has reviewed the best and worst of science stories in the year 2008.

Called 'News review 2008: The year in science', the article features the following lists:

The best and worst of the year:) Bad guys get the most girls: How self-obsessed, thrill-seeking, devious men do better than nice guys.

2) Lazy option is best when waiting for the bus: Should you walk or stick around when waiting for a tardy bus? Stay put at the first stop in almost all cases, suggests a formula devised by mathematicians at Harvard University.

3) Mongoose-robot duo sniffs out landmines: Pairing a mongoose with an exquisite sense of smell with a lightweight robot offers a cheap, effective way to find landmines.

4) Could "bubble" universes threaten human existence?t is the ultimate neighbour from hell - a rogue bubble universe that could rip into our world at any time and eat us and everything else in a flash.

5) A Wii warm-up hones surgical skills:t may sound like a bad idea for trainee surgeons to play games on the Nintendo Wii when they should be studying, but it might be time well spent.

Most commented articles:

1 New legal threat to teaching evolution in the US.

2 Vote for your favourite science fiction book/film.

3 Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions.

4 Creationists declare war over the brain.

5 Bacteria make major evolutionary shift in the lab.

Most clicked articles online: Evolution - 24 myths and misconceptions.

2 Mysterious "dead water" effect caught on film.

3 Bacteria make major evolutionary shift in the lab.

4 Music special - Five great auditory illusions.

5 Fastest-ever flashgun captures image of light wave.

Best blunders: China boasts of its space walk hours before astronauts had left the launch pad.

2 US astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper drops a tool box from the space station.

3 Michael Fournier fails in his attempt to sky-dive faster than the speed of sound when his balloon takes off without him.

4 Sarah Palin made a faux pas on climate change. She said, "I'm not one to attribute every man - activity of man to the changes in the climate. There is something to be said also for man's activities, but also for the cyclical temperature changes on our planet." (ANI)

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