Friday Coffee Break

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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 CJ:

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.

From Sarah:

Great photos of some of the planets most threatened species.

From Noah:

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.

A controversy over the taxonomy of one of evolutionary biology’s most famous “field model organisms“: Anolis. There are a series of posts at Anole Annals with interesting comments sections.

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!