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.


Zombie photo of ants are upside down? Amy attempts to turn us right side up.

Squids can sometimes get a bad rep (unless they are breaded and deep fried). But has CJ found the exception? Potentially the worlds cutest squid picture. Ever.

As spring approach, can you feel the electricity in the air? Bees can! Amy is reading about bees sensing flowers using bright colors, petals, aroma and the electrical field of the flower.

Hysterical but slightly inaccurate video about what overweight animals might look like. It almost like “Biggest Loser: Serengeti Special”

Devin is reading about the H-index from someone with a big one. Does side matter? When it comes to how many times your works get cited it does.

Medicine is so far behind the technology curve. But Jonathan is hopeful it will improve! Using their iPhones and iPads to share procedures and journal articles.

Having a little trouble picking a favorite species concept? Here’s an article making an argument for a universal phylogenomic species concept. Although for the record Sarah thinks it should be called the “global species concept” instead of “universal species concept”. Seems to her it’s a little premature to say aliens are made up of DNA.

As if there wasn’t enough fear associated with having children, Sarah is outraged over this fearmongering. Having boys is more energetically costly than girls?

Jeremy is not beating around the bush, he’s got some seriously hot controversy. 80% of the human genome is functional, absurd statement or solid?