Slashdot Launches User Achievements
It is not:
The achievements system was launched on April fools day of 2009 in order to allow for certain joke achievements, but the system itself is a real one. This allows Slashdot users to track accomplishments and milestones (and stroke the epeen, which is what it's all about anyway) as they use the site.
Bacteria Make Major Evolutionary Shift In the Lab
But I'm sure there's a missing link in there somewhere!