2005 - The Year in Ideas
December 11, 2005 5:15 AM   Subscribe

2005 - The Year in Ideas. From Accredited Bliss to Zombie Dogs, the NY Times runs through the year's scientific, cultural, and academic developments.
posted by ph00dz (9 comments total)
By the way -- might be worth pointing out that matthowie got a mention in there.
posted by ph00dz at 5:21 AM on December 11, 2005

I have to say, I would hate to be the researcher in charge of putting the dogs under. That strikes me as the saddest job in the world.

Er, other than slaughtering cattle, I guess.
posted by JHarris at 7:26 AM on December 11, 2005

Medical Maggots has to be the one that gets my vote. Some of those medieval-era medical techniques need a closer look after this. Trepanation, anyone?
posted by olbiadle at 7:43 AM on December 11, 2005

Medical maggots come around every few years. Never seems to catch on.
posted by Hogshead at 9:02 AM on December 11, 2005

The controlled-angle LCD - your coworkers and random passers-by think that you're working on a report when you're actually reading metafilter.
posted by PurplePorpoise at 10:36 AM on December 11, 2005

The device they've got on there that disables digital cameras "to protect celebrities from the paparazzi" sounds very much like something governments will probably be using regularly.
posted by hermitosis at 12:06 PM on December 11, 2005

Why should the idea of vat-grown meat make vegans squirm? I for one am completely in favor of it. The only thing I have against the current production of meat (environment damage concerns aside) is the suffering the individuals experience.
posted by Vulpyne at 3:22 PM on December 11, 2005

These are always fun, because they're generally not the usual rehashed items we've all heard about, and the Gray Lady seems to forgo the journalistic Botox in favor of a bit of whimsy. What often grabs me most, in the tradition of The New Yorker's newsbreaks and Esquire's Dubious Achievement Awards, are the clever, WTF? titles.
posted by rob511 at 4:18 PM on December 11, 2005

The stash rocket is, indeed, the story of the year. I guess there's a meth scientist behind every meth lab.
posted by ph00dz at 6:19 PM on December 11, 2005

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