Friday Coffee Break

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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 Sarah:

Algae food helmets! – Sarah hopes the future doesn’t look this, but I kinda do!

“One person’s head-mounted torture device may be another person’s idea of food. Case in point: the Algaculture Symbiosis Suit.”

From Noah:

Don’t Be That Dude – Academic addition.  An excellent set of guidelines for men who don’t want to piss off their female colleagues.   Should this be required reading at the start of grad school?

An amazingly LARGE stingray – definitely something that I would only like to run into from a very safe distance away!

“Though this could be the largest freshwater fish on the planet, accounts of its existence only emerged in Thai newspapers in the early 1980s.”

From Amy:

Scientific evidence that looking at Facebook is depressing.  I am so glad it isn’t just me! But, it does beg the question: why do we spend so much time looking at something that makes us feel bad?

“Does interacting with Facebook make us feel good as does interacting with people in real life?  A recent paper suggests that the answer is “probably not.””

From Jeremy:

Meet the four-eyed fish – these guys have some awesome eyes.

“Now the fish do not have four eyes exactly, but in both eyes they can see above and below water simultaneously. This is a good super power to have when you spend most of your time on the surface foraging insects.”

From CJ:

Why are there still so few women in science ? – If you still find this question puzzling, even after reading the “Don’t be that Dude” link, CJ points us to this in-depth discussion of the challenges of being a women in science.

“Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications.”

And finally, some friday fun!  – 32 awesome science GIFs.