Galapagos: Genovesa Island

Day 4: Our species logs are growing quickly now. We arrived at Genovesa Island, awakening in the midst of Darwin Bay - a huge caldera whose ring of cliffs extended about 300 degrees around us. The dinghies took us along the cliff face, where we saw fur seals, masked boobies, swallow-tailed gulls and a heron (striated …

Galapagos: Baltra and Santa Cruz

Day 3: Up at the ungodly hour of 3.15 to catch a 6.45 flight, and arrived at the Galapagos's Baltra airport with the day still ahead of us. We sat on benches examining pumice, light as feathers, at our feet. A finch with a bright orange bill flitted nearby. A bus took us to a dinghy …

First US Ebola case – how’s the media doing so far?

Ebola shifted from a running story to red-alert breaking news yesterday, as the first diagnosis was made in the US - and in Dallas, my home. As a local, a journalist and a researcher on misinformation, I've had many reasons to follow the developing news closely. So far I've detected few howlers. The local broadcasters, newspapers and …