>the pole drifted southeast towards northern Labrador
Isn't any movement away from the pole always due south? How can this be "southeast? From the perspective of a person in Edmonton, it may have moved southeast, but from the perspective of a person in Edinburgh, it has moved southwest.
Link to Original Source
>An assistant professor at Ohio State University who recently earned her Ph.D. in literature writes...
Where I come from, Assistant Professor == Tenure Track. Non-tenure track is called adjunct professor or lecturer.
>That's hyperbole, I'm afraid. It's a bacterium, just a very distant cousin.
I know. Which is still very cool. Sometimes you just want it to be something extra, extra cool; like a bacterium-like organism that got there from some ancient Martian meteorite and thrived there. Even better would be some spawn of Cthulhu that escaped the Mountains of Madness and hid beneath the ice. Me, I keep looking for a fossil bryophyte with a branching sporophyte.