I don't know if 2011 will be remembered as a milestone year in science but you've got to think so. Faster than light neutrinos (perhaps), a sign of where the Higgs Boson might be lurking (possibly) and obituaries for the demise of Intelligent Design all point in that direction. I'd love those three to be true. Then we can have tons of fun with the implications.
One of the reasons I am beginning this blog is to let teenagers know that science isn't boring. Having spent more than twenty years in and out of classrooms where a significant minority of teenagers are sitting and professing to be bored by science, I've seen it too often. And if there is one thing I can say, it's that science isn't boring. It's a fluid, dynamic subject. Perhaps it's the way it is taught, as a fossilised pile of knowledge. So when a big story comes along, one that actually makes the six o'clock news, then enough teenagers prick up their ears and science classrooms actually buzz with the sounds of interested young minds keen to learn more.
So let's hear it for the Large Hadron Collider, those speedy neutrinos and even the elusive Higgs Boson. They have set teenage tongues a-wagging. Thank you.