“Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie,’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”
An excerpt from a Creationist textbook for the International Certificate of Christian Education, which the UK has just granted equivalence to the national standard ‘A-Level’ (TES).
“We are in the midst of a recession and it is vital that people keep their spirits high. This study will help identify the most effective way of putting a smile on someone’s face.”
Richard Wiseman, of the University of Hertfordshire, launches an experiment to cheer up the world (Times).
“Have you ever meant to stop by the grocery store on the way home after a bad day at work, and instead just forgot and went straight home? You do the automatic thing instead of doing what you had planned.”
Rui Costa, of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, comments on his research showing rats revert to habit rather than thinking when they’re stressed (ABC).
In an effort to encourage tourists to visit in the wake of swine flu, Mexico City is offering free health insurance to visitors. Under the Tourist Assistance Card programme anyone staying at a hotel in the city can claim for medical assistance in the event the catch H1N1 or indeed any other disease.
The space shuttle Endeavour is due to land in Florida today, touching down at 10:48 am, local time.
Yesterday one of the thrusters that will help control the craft’s speed during descent failed during testing. NASA says, “This will not be an issue for landing.”
Many depleted fisheries are making good progress to recovery.
Plagiarism accusation hits stem-cell research.
“I am driving back from High Wycombe with the cheese now. I may try a bit to see if it has matured at high altitude and then it will probably go into a glass case at our production offices.”
Dom Lane, of Shepton Mallet’s West Country Farmhouse Cheesemakers, tells the BBC about the fate of a cheddar that his group attempted to launch into space.
“The scheme appears a victim of ‘numbyism’ – not under my backyard.”
The Guardian coins a new term for those who object to carbon capture and storage in their neighbourhoods.
“The sky is not falling.”
Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer downplays the possible emergence of swine flu at the US Senate (Washington Post).