Friday Coffee Break

halloween

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.

Get in the mood for Halloween with 13 horrifying ways to die … if you are an insect. (From Sarah)

“Scared of insects, spiders, or other leggy arthropods? It could be worse. You could be one of them.”

Feeling guilty about taking your coffee break? Don’t! Taking a break is good for your brain. (From Sarah)

“Research on naps, meditation, nature walks and the habits of exceptional artists and athletes reveals how mental breaks increase productivity, replenish attention, solidify memories and encourage creativity”

Instructors at the Catalina Island Marine Institute found one BIG fish! (From CJ)

“A snorkeler off the coast of California found more than she bargained for on the ocean floor Sunday, when she saw the large eyes of an 18-foot fish staring back at her.”

zombie apocalypse might not be so bad for the rest of the animal kingdom.  (From Jeremy)

“National Wildlife Federation naturalist David Mizejewski explains how nature would deal with a zombie outbreak: brutally, and without quarter.”

A recent study suggests that when you are in love, everything really does taste sweeter. (From Amy)

“Not only do we correlate the word love with sweetness, but thinking about romance might make us perceive the things we eat and drink as sweeter, too.”

Still hungry for more science?  Check out The Science Studio. (From Amy)

“Welcome to Science Studio – the best multimedia on the web. This year we’re focusing on audio and video pieces – all the best sciencey stuff that filled your ears and eyes this past year.”

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Two years!

Two years ago today, Nothing in Biology Makes Sense! launched with a welcome from me and a post about coevolutionary medicine from CJ. Since then, we’ve written about everything from mammoth extinction events to diet fads, from the rationality of science denialism to the selective effects of agriculture—and we’ve had a lot of fun doing it.

So what’s ahead for this fine blog? Well, the National Network for Child Care “Ages and Stages” resource has this to say about two-year-old science blogs children:

Two-year-olds like to be independent! Favorite words are “Mine” and “No” and “I do it!” Emotions take on a roller coaster-like quality as 2-year-olds can go from excitement to anger to laughter within a few moments. A great deal of time is spent exploring, pushing, pulling, filling, dumping, and touching.

Here’s hoping our “terrible twos” are full of lots more exploring, and possibly also dumping. Also, we would like to apologize in advance if the Twitter feed gets a bit cranky when we run out of juice.