As a part of an ongoing project some of my students conduct, I keep an eye on science articles written for various news services. Needless to say, I don’t know if journalists have always been prone to really silly mistakes or if this is a more recent trend … but C’MON!!!
From a recent article on the United Kingdom’s new Antarctic research facility:
Britain’s latest Antarctic research station is brand-new and learning to crawl.
Unless you’re a polar bear, the odds that you’ll make it down to the South Pole to check it out are pretty slim, so we tracked some photos.
Note: polar bears don’t live anywhere near Antarctica. Ironically, Antarctica’s name derives from the Greek for “opposite of the bear”, because “Arctic” is a reference to the constellation in which you find Polaris, the North Star.
That is your nerd moment of the week. Please enjoy!