Friday coffee break: Livestreaming cicadas, World Turtle Day, and dolphin-“assisted” birth

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From Sarah: Budget sequestration is making the falling budgets at NIH even worse.

“They said, ‘Great. This is good science. This is going to have a big impact on the field and on patients’,” [Stephanie] Zerwas said. “I don’t think people realize just how difficult the grant writing process is. It’s almost like winning the lottery when you get a grant marked for funding.”

But that lottery ticket may never pay off. Thanks to this year’s doomsday budget deal between Congress and the White House known as the sequester, Zerwas is one of about 700 NIH research applicants whose projects have been frozen.

Also from Sarah, happier things: Buzzfeed celebrates World Turtle Day.

From Jeremy: Here’s a self-serving link to his review of John Thompson’s new book Relentless Evolution. And a public service announcement that dolphin-assisted birth is probably not as cool as it sounds.

No matter how cute they might appear, dolphins are not cuddly companions; they are real, large, ocean predators with a track record for violence — even when it comes to humans.

From Amy: Animal Planet has a cicada live cam. Because of course.