Friday Coffee Break, Vienna Style!

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 Devin:

The future of online learning. PLOS Computational Biology puts together a great set of online resources for biologists or more specially a bioinformatics Curriculum. “…in an exhaustive meta-analysis of 51 published head-to-head trials, found that ‘on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction’” 

From Sarah:

Even “living fossils” have evolved over time.  The term debunked in this piece on the Wired Science Blog. “The new fossil described by Briggs and colleagues records a critical transformation in horseshoe crab history. Discovered at an exceptional site in the 425 million year old rock of Herefordshire, England, the new genus is justly called Dibasterium durgae – a tribute to the invertebrate’s mysterious limbs and to Durga, ‘the Hindu goddess with many arms.’”

From Jeremy:

Which professions do you think drink the most coffee?  If you guessed Scientists you’d be right.  Learn more here from a poll by Dunkin Donuts and CareerBuilder to determine the most caffeinated workers. “Scientists today are spending much more time working than initially intended. They are deprioritizing their hobbies, leisure activities, and regular exercises, which negatively influenced their mental and physical health.”

From Noah:

Native Inuit of Canada face new challenges with increased climate change and rapid retreat of sea ice along with encroaching industry. “Some Inuit feel they are losing control of a homeland whose ice-covered expanses had acted as a barrier to the outside world. A growing number of interests — mining and oil companies, scientists and conservationists, military vessels from Canada and other Arctic nations — are appearing in the Inuit’s traditional homeland…”

Finally From Jon:

The trend of Doctors turning away from insurance and moving to cash only concierge service could pose a problem for the future of access to care for uninsured and underinsured patients. “a new survey of 13,575 doctors from around the country by The Physicians Foundation found that over the next one to three years, more than 50 percent plan to take steps that reduce patient access to their services, and nearly 7 percent plan to switch to cash-only or concierge practices, in which patients pay an annual fee or retainer in addition to other fees.”

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