Friday Coffee Break: snail coauthors, rejection letters, Swiss cheese plants, and more

coffee_at_origin_roasting_IMG_0172-784070Every 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.

Which Coauthor are you? Sadly during the winter due to snowboarding constraints CJ thinks she is the snail.

Are you looking for an academic job like Jeremy (@JBYoder) and Devin (@devindrown)? Be sure to check out the rejection letters here when you are feeling glum.

More mammal news from Sarah (@sarahmhird) this week: The news on NIH research Chimps being retired and moved to sanctuaries made her pretty happy.

Via Amy: Cornell Launches Archive of 150,000 Bird Calls and Animal Sounds, with recordings going back to 1929.

The Swiss Cheese plant, one of CJ’s favorite tropical plants, is in the news. Can you have only one favorite tropical plant…laughable? Why not check what Christopher Muir has to say over at the American Naturalist or the BBC.

Mutts digest carbs?!?! Oh yeah, that makes perfect sense to Sarah (@sarahmhird). Why not check out what researchers propose as a pathway from wild wolf ancestors to domesticated dogs.

Did your office succumb to the seasonal flu this year? CDC reports had some scary outlooks this winter. Fear not, researchers have ended the moratorium on influenza H5N1 research have resumed work on these important strains.

Friend of the blog Chris Smith is recruiting “citizen scientists” for Joshua tree work. Hear what he has to say over at KNPR.