Science on a lighter note: 2005 has had its share of unusual, outrageous, tragi-comic and just downright silly science news. I can’t decide which I like better, the two beetle-naming experts, or the inventor of an alarm clock that rings, then runs away and hides.
The Scrooge factor is permanent in human nature, and seasons like Christmas always bring it out. But in many ways, excess is the point of Christmas. It’s a big blast at the coldest, darkest part of the year. I just hope that people balance the excess of pleasure with an equivalent excess of kindness and charity – and many people do.