Friday Coffee Break, a new year begins

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.

Aeropress and mug

credit: Rik Panganiban

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have caught Devin’s eye (@devindrown). This January the Santa Fe Institute is offering an Introduction to Complex Systems Science. You don’t need a science or math background.

Things to think about for New Year’s Resolutions related to health.  It’s the little things that matter says Jonathan (‪@Bonovox1984)

Why not check out what Carl Zimmer on the Loom blog writes about sex differences in spatial abilities over at National Geographic’s Phenomena. Sarah  (@sarahmhird) feared this article (Of Men, Navigation, and Zits) was going to be drawn into evolutionary psychology BS but thankfully, Zimmer is smarter than that.

Via Jeremy (@JBYoderWhy not see what makes humans so restless and learn about human migration.This looked like it was going to go into deep adaptationist territory, then all of a sudden actual population geneticists started showing up.

Noah (@NM_Reid) recommends this story on how the tree frog is redefining conventional wisdom about evolution over at the Smithsonian Magazine. He also thought this article on the a biological field station in the Amazon is worth checking out.

They say scariest of the deep sea, but Sarah (@sarahmhird) says coolest monsters, take a look over at the seo companies Smithsonian and decide for yourself.