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.
Long menopausal lifespans are unusual in animals. They’re only known to occur in humans, pilot whales and killer whales. A new study suggest that in killer whales, that post-reproductive life exists so that mothers can “coddle” their sons.
Great photos of some of the planets most threatened species.
A few years ago, a new exotic ant species appeared in the vicinity of Houston, TX, reproduced explosively, and became a major new pest. And nobody could figure out what the hell it was or where it came from. After several years, we may have finally figured it out.
Andrew Gelman brings to our attention some disturbing quantitative estimates of the economic effects of climate change.
Over at the Molecular Ecologist, a guide to creating maps in the statistical programming language R. I have been wanting to acquire this skill for quite some time!