Friday Coffee Break

Floral Coffee

Every Friday at Nothing in Biology Makes Sense! our contributors pass around links to new scientific results, or science-y news, or videos of adorable wildlife, that they’re most likely to bring up while waiting in line for a latte.

From Sarah:

The malleable genome: paternal life history can influence offspring traits via epigenetic factors.

From Devin:

Beautiful but useless: the most brightly colored living thing known is a tiny berry with no nutritional value.

And: an evolutionary biology-oriented online journal club is starting up!

From Jeremy:

I don’t know about you, but my grandpappy wasn’t no cetacean: large brains in dolphins and humans may have evolved via changes in the same genes.

From CJ:

I know why there’s so much disappointment with the iPhone 5, no synaesthesia app: A colorblind man describes how he’s learned to “hear color” through an “electronic eye permanently attached to [his] head.”