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.
From CJ – A short overview of some bad-ass young people fighting against bad science.
Nobody likes a free-loader – especially the uninformed, communicable-disease susceptible kind:
Last weekend, a teenager in King County whose parents intentionally avoided mandatory vaccinations was diagnosed with measles. Read what happens next!
America’s favorite bow tie lights up the dance floor – for space!
From Jeremy –What would it look like if you mapped science papers like stars in a galaxy? It’d look pretty awesome (and be a handy tool for finding papers, too)!
For those seeking a remedy to the overly bland supermarket tomato:
With the new knowledge, “you can’t help but get a better tomato,” Dr. Bartoshuk said.
From Noah – A bona fide scientific mystery:
It features a central spire and an encircling picket-fence that’s been reinforced by horizontal rails, and is strung together by a series of radially oriented guy wires. An impressive edifice at any scale, the structure measures less than 2 cm across. And here’s the real kicker: nobody knows what made it.
From Sarah – An awesome group blog about women in science and tenure track trials and tribulations, including topics like toxic mentors, miscarriage, menstruation, sexual harassment and the upsides to being a woman in science. And those are just from the last month!
More great news about young scientists! As in – really young.
…this calls for a round of espresso shots! Great big news this week for Friend of the Blog / Occasional Contributor Professor Chris Smith of Willamette University, who recently received an NSF CAREER Grant for his outstanding teaching credentials and research on yucca moths and Joshua Trees!