Friday Coffee Break

coffee cherries

Before and After – coffee cherries (right) & green coffee beans (left)

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.

Scientists have discovered a (potential) new species of spider in the Peruvian Amazon that builds spider-like decoys within its web.  While other species of spiders are known to exhibit similar behavior, this species appears to make particularly elaborate structures. (From Sarah)

Here is some advice on what makes a good PhD application from the point of view of a PI at Columbia University. (From Devin)

Did you know that there are fields of ice flowers in the arctic ocean? Scientists studying them have once again found abundant life where it is least expected. (From CJ)

From Nature, here are the top 11 images and top 10 scientists of 2012.  Check out my favorite (and theme-appropriate) image below! (From CJ & Amy).

Caffeine Crystals Cavanagh and McCarthy

Caffeine Crystals

Image Credit (Coffee): Don Evelio Costa Rica Tarrazu Gourmet Coffee Estate