10 Year-End Lists for Knowledge Junkies

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This week and next, you'll run across a ton of year-end lists. It's inevitable on the web every year. Looking back at the old year helps us to put things in perspective and clear our minds for the new year. In addition to the major lists, there are quite a few that will feed your brain with something new.

1. Let's take a look back at The Associated Press' Top News Stories of 2007. These are the biggest, according to the U.S. editors and news directors belonging to the AP. But you already know the big stories. Learn something new by checking out The Top Ten Stories You Missed in 2007.

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2. The New York Times list of 100 Notable Books of 2007. Surprisingly, there are no science books on the list. But NPR picked up some slack there by recommending their favorite science books of 2007, then posting other's suggestions.

The list of lists continues, after the jump.

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3. You can find a slew of best movie lists for 2007. How about The Best 19 Movies You Didn't See in 2007, because it's more useful to have a list that will help you plan your home theater experience of 2008.

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4. Don't miss The Top Ten Scientific Discoveries of 2007, according to TIME. Planets and dinosaurs are there, but the biggest breakthroughs are inside of us, such as research on stem cells (pictured). Genetic engineering is such a big story, Wired published a list of The Top 10 New Organisms of 2007.

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5. Feast your eyes on the Astronomy Pictures of the Year 2007, from the folks who bring you the Astronomy Picture of the Day. If that's not enough, there's also The Year in Pictures 2007 from the Planetary Society, and Phil Plait's Top Ten Astronomy Pictures of 2007 and a list of runners up from Bad Astronomy Blog.

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6. National Geographic brings you the Top Ten Archaeology Stories of 2007. The past year brought a lot of "news" about the ancient past. You might recall these Stone Age lovers that were uncovered in Italy just in time for Valentine's Day.

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7. Grist magazine picks the top 15 stories about the environment in The Magnificent '07. I'm glad they had so many stories, because coming in at #15 is the news about honeybees, a subject I managed to write about several times this year.

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8. Wired's Top Ten Gadgets of the Year will make you rethink your Christmas wish list for next year. Portability is the keyword for gadgets, as new technology allows you to take your movies, music, books, office chores, and internet activities with you wherever you go.

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9. Then for fun, there's Offbeat Stories of 2007, as compilied by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. It's not surprising that three of them involve cats. Of this list, Oscar, the cat who predicts death was probably the most talked-about story on the internet.

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10. Fimoculous lists 30 Best Blogs of 2007 That You (Maybe) Aren't Reading. This list will give you something to do in 2008. Pictured is a political map of Europe from 1870, one of the many delights you'll find at the blog Strange Maps. Of course, you are already reading mental_floss, where you can continue to get your knowledge fix in 2008!

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December 27, 2007 - 1:40am
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