On the Record

“Americans aren't gullible enough to believe that they came from a fish.”

Creationist John Morris on a new Museum of Creationism in Kentucky.

“Today, with all the pollution, you cannot get cleaner water than melted ice-cap water.”

Salik Haard promotes his new beer, made with water from Greenland's shrinking glaciers.

Number Crunch


Scientists this week announced the longest-ever electronic tracking of a migrating animal, a diminutive seabird called the sooty shearwater.

65,000 km is the distance travelled by a sooty shearwater in 200 days.

5,000 km is the distance travelled each year by some caribou, the land animals that migrate the farthest.

800 g is the average weight of an adult sooty shearwater.

189 kg is the average weight of a caribou.


Chemical analysis

Isotope ratio mass spectroscopy showed that testosterone found in the urine of Floyd Landis, winner of the Tour de France, did not have the same carbon isotope ratio as other hormones in the sample, showing it had a different, external source.

Climate porn

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research, a UK think-tank, highlights the “quasi-religious register of doom, death, judgement, heaven and hell” in alarmist climate reporting that can become “secretly thrilling”. This is not, the institute argues, a helpful way of framing things.

Sources: Associated Press, BBC News, Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA