Nature has a nicely ironic article this week – Brian Alters (a researcher at McGill University in Montreal) has had his application for funds to research the popularisation of intelligent design turned down. The reason? Apparently he presumes that the theory of evolution is correct. The authors managed to get a nicely acerbic comment (from Philip Sadler of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts) in:

“If he was trying to answer the question as to whether all this popularisation had had an impact, he just saved the government $40,000. He found the evidence without doing the study.”