Turns out undersea bacteria don’t cause global warming after all. But they were on trial for 70 minutes last week after a British prof's email chain linked to a sham study. Climate skeptics and conservatives—Rush Limbaugh included—trumpeted the study until a University of Colorado prof smelled something rotten. “Call me a skeptic skeptic—I smell a hoax,” he posted.
Blogs kicked into reverse when an email update revealed the prank. A Reason magazine blog quickly apologized, and green site DeSmogBlog ran a list of those duped. Who's behind the hoax? A UK writer is claiming responsibility. “What the hoax showed is that there are many people willing to jump on anything that supports their argument, whether it’s true or not," he blogged.