Friday Coffee Break, more news than a Giant Squid

Asian Palm Civet  (Wikimedia Commons)

Asian Palm Civet (Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Just about everyone here found the news from the Discovery Channel about the video footage of the giant squid facinating.  If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the clip at the bottom, it is just so bad ass looking. CJ recommends the blog Species New to Science for some additional background.

Following up on Sarah’s awesome post on Women in Science, why not check out how folks at the Eigenfactor Project compiled raw data on gender bias in publications and made a beautiful visualization. Devin (@devindrown) thinks it is particularly cool how the authors figured out how to sex the authors in the large corpus that is JSTOR. Be sure to read the methods for the details.

Sarah (@sarahmhird) points out this excellent blog post form Dr. Bik on the Postdoc life which follows up on the fallout from the Forbes story about Professors having least stressful job.

Via Jeremy (@JBYoder) see how conservationists are using the DNA inside fly guts to census biodiversity from Ed Yong (@edyong209) over at the Not Exactly Rocket Science section of Phenomena.

THE most unbelievable title and figure Sarah’s (@sarahmhird) ever seen. Check out this apt named publication in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Curse words are not just for when you experiment goes awry anymore.

Apparently nothing is absolute anymore. A study in published in Nature cooled quantum gas below absolute zero. Amy didn’t know that it was possible, did you?  Don’t lag behind the times. Check it out now. (You can get the story over at Scientific American as well.)

CJ is all about visual animals today and the Tardigrade is no exception. Check out this one because his face is so darn cute.

Via Amy: A study in Europe finds that choosing your child’s name poorly may make him/her dumber and lonelier.  If you’re thinking about procreating, this might be topically relevant for you.

When extreme violence can’t be explained, is genetic analysis warranted? You can read the Nature editorial here.

Amy highlights this exciting news: JSTOR begins offering free yet limited access to its online academic seo company library. Very helpful for when you are outside your institution, or lack access generally.

Did you know this existed, 2012 in Science? Now you do thanks to Sarah (@sarahmhird).

And now, what you’ve been waiting for, the Giant Squid!