Northern Elephant Seal, Piedras Blancas, San Simeon, CA 02feb2008 - photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird Canon 1D Mark III w/ 600mm f/4 IS lens on tripod. Michael "Mike" L. Baird

Scientists who plagiarize papers or make up data are sort of like teachers who sleep with their students — there’s just no good excuse, but that doesn’t keep the guilty parties from trying to plead their case with really dumb reasoning.

Also in today’s links: using printers to create bones, Ecstasy to treat soldiers, and Facebook to get attention for elephant seals.