One of my favorite things about professional conferences is getting to hang around and chat with friends/mentors/heros/other biologists. This year I found myself one evening hanging out with a group of exceptional biologist and we came around to discussing some society business.
SSE may have a bunch of this. What should we do with it?
One of the biologists in the group is on the board of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE). He mentioned a little quirk of numbers over the past few years. You see, the societies try to break even on the conferences. They estimate how much it’ll cost to run the conference, divide that by how many people will attend and then set this as the cost of registration. However, as luck would have it, every year for the past 5 or so there have been more attendees than anticipated. As a result, there is a surplus or funds.
So the question came up, what do we do with extra money?
Yo mama so microbial! Sarah brings us a link about how we inherit our microbial community from our mothers. Or if you prefer the article, it’s open access!
CJ is thinking about scientific literacy quite a bit these days, so she brings us a link about misused scientific words. Just a “theory” you say?
Also, if you haven’t checked out this awesome blog you should. It’s all about natural events happening largely in the backyard. This week we get a bonus post!
Jeremy is kicking off the links this Friday with a bacteria that can terraform a squid. I don’t think I need to comment on how bizarre/cool that is.
Sarah has a link only for the strong of stomach, a video view of a flight over the arctic.
Have you paid attention to what’s happening in Louisiana? The ground is swallowing cypress trees… literally.
Finally, the future of blogging? Birds who will be posting daily blog posts about their well-being. It may be a model we here at NIB will be adopting soon!
Sarah is full of links this week!
First ”pub-style science” where people sit around and chat about science topics. this week – families and science.
Second a cool collection of evolution related things!
Jeremy found this article on death by sugar informative on multiple levels. Did you know that high fructose corn syrup only has about 5% more fructose than table sugar?
Noah has found a new species of carnivore! Or more accurately he’s found out about the olinguito, a new species hiding right underneath our noses.
Finally, also from Sarah a cutesy video of common evolution misconceptions:
It’s that wonderful week where the scientifically minded and modern man all get together and celebrate…. shark week.
As a result, CJ is reading about the brains of the Whale Shark (an animal so cool I’ve included a picture)
Sarah is thinking about food. A lot. We start with a simple equation: does no sleep = give me junk food? makes perfect sense to me! How losing a night’s sleep will reduce your ability to resist junk food.
Also from Sarah, whiskey is distilled corn ferment, rum is distilled sugarcane ferment, so why shouldn’t we have liqour made from distilled coffee bean ferment? Because the only thing scientists love more than coffee or alcohol is coffee and alcohol.
Speaking of fish, Jeremy is learning how to school fish.
Finally, after a long time and much controversy NIH finally makes good with Henrietta Lacks family.
The battle of North vs. South America! A really good synopsis of the epic battle between placentals and marsupials.
This week is photo heavy. The first set coming from Sarah an awesome collection of photos of marine microbes (and be sure to check out the “More Ocean Galleries” – so pretty!).
CJ is looking at exquisitely weird spiders and they are stunning!
Jeremy is feeling revolutionary. Or more accurately reading about the milk revolution and the history of lactose tolerance.
Noah brings us flying squids. No that’s not a typo, these are squids that jump out of the water similar to flying fish.
From a few of our contributors are reading a post about how to get tenure without killing yourself. Some solid advice…
Jeremy is reading about the importance of specialization in pollinators. By removing
honey bumble bees you can change the landscape of a meadow!
CJ is tired of being covered by mosquito bites and so she’s reading about why she’s more susceptible to bites than say… everyone else she knows.
Amy has a thing for charismatic megafauna (who doesn’t really) and is reading about over heating cheetahs… that aren’t actually over heating.
Also from Amy, a new tick virus! The Heartland virus, and how the CDC scientist were able to identify it.
Sarah is reading about baby sharks duking it out… in utero.
Sarah also thinks we should all be advocating open access science. It’s a PhD comics animation of what open access is and why it makes sense and is important.
I feel like we don’t post about Bill Nye Enough. Sarah apparently feels the same way as she brings us Bill Nye talking about climate change.
Amy is reading recent work linking male infertility to taste. Not taste their taste in women, but your actual taste buds!
Jeremy is breaking the vicious cycle, when anxious get more sleep.
Also, Jeremy brings us blog about getting it wrong in research. What’s the next step?
Sarah leads us off this week with human biology news: The first farmers were also inbred!
A rock that bleeds… or something like that. Also from Sarah.
CJ is reading a great article about the importance of understanding population structure... from our contributor Jeremy!
Ever want to actually write into your methods why you did something? For example: “We don’t know how the results were obtained, because the post-doc who collected them has since left to start a bakery.” Check out these overly honest methods.
What happens when lightning hits sand? A masterpiece. CJ is checking out this awesome article debunking a currently trending photo, and talking about what really happens.
MERS, the now emerging relative of SARS has epidemiologist all a twitter in Saudi Arabia. Which means CJ is all a twitter too.
Amy is reading about when exfoliation kills. Turns out those microbeads used in popular exfoliation creams… not so good for marine life.
Jeremy brings us the immortal Jellyfish. No seriously, it’s an article about whether Jellyfish are immortal.