Friday coffee break


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 Sarah: Dolphins have been discovered imitating whale songs—in their sleep.

Researchers discovered the dolphins’ midnight melodies by accident. Ethologist Martine Hausberger of the University of Rennes 1 in France and her colleagues had hung underwater microphones in the tank because little is known about what dolphins sound like at night.

From Devin: Academic labs in many fields are going paperless.

One piece of equipment, however, is conspicuous by its absence: the humble paper notebook. Michelle James uses her iPad to jot down notes, check protocols and monitor the progress of her experiments on techniques for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Since she first brought the device into the lab around four months ago, it has essentially replaced her former hardback notebook. “Paper has nothing to offer me,” declares James.

And from Jeremy: A big new study strongly supports the conclusion that Morgellon’s disease—a condition in which patients feel crawling sensations on their skin and develop skin lesions that sometimes sprout thread and lint—is psychosomatic.

Just because I don’t think that Morgellons is due to parasites doesn’t mean that I think that sufferers from Morgellons disease are crazy or “making it up” somehow. In fact, they are suffering. We don’t know why they are suffering, but we can say that it isn’t due to parasites and that the fibers that they on or in their skin are consistent with textiles, such as clothing, and superficial skin injuries due to scratching.

One comment on “Friday coffee break

  1. we are suffering from a real new emerging disease at the moment people call it Morgellons. It needs a new name as Morgellons is apparently dilutional. HORRIFIC desease is caused by GMO in our food and its discracefull! Think of plants, fungal mold and parasites growing in your body because I beleive thats whats happening. when you have had this a while your body will try to get rid of them and they will start cmming out of your body, in every single place, IT is embarassing painfull and I beleiive killing us. I feel as if my brain ia already being eaten away. I will never be the same again and ive lost everything like so many people have! One day it will all be proved and we want and need compensation for all the horrific things we have been through. My daughter will stand for me as I will be giving her the evidence that will prove GMO is killing us .

    Angela Mccann

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