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.
A biologist publishes a study linking cancer to GMO corn, but doesn’t mention that he’s writing a book and producing a documentary about it in the conflict-of-interest statement.
If you like watching nature films but think that world’s ~400,000 plant species are perhaps… underrepresented, check out this series of videos on youtube, “Plants are cool too!”.
A website containing “the first complete edition of the writings of naturalist and co-founder of the theory of evolution Alfred Russel Wallace”. It also has a bunch of excellent illustrations.
Not exactly biology, but awesome: an “extreme deep field” image made by the Hubble telescope of a tiny patch of space. It is compiled from over one million seconds of exposure and the faintest object appearing in it is one ten-billionth the minimum brightness required to be visible by the unaided human eye.
The current process of peer review for scientific articles is frequently criticized as slow, outdated and often unfair. Peerage of Science is trying out a new model, and the first paper using it has been published.
Another space link, but with a gleam of astrobiological potential: the Mars rover Curiosity has found an ancient stream bed in which water between ankle and thigh deep once flowed.
An online science career “development planner”, including a self assessment. It’s pretty interesting, but kind of told me what I already know. My values and interests say “teaching and research” but my skills scream “live in a van down by the river.“