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.

This week is open access week! Celebrate by dispelling six myths about open access articles (From Sarah).

“Open access to academic research has never been a hotter topic. But it’s still held back by myths and misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better.”

How should the public perceive scientists? Geeks, Cool Nerds,…Regular People? (From Sarah).

“So might a more inclusive portrayal of science – one that includes a few well-dressed and socially astute women, for example – draw more people to science than a “coolified” depiction of stereotypical nerdiness?”

What is inside of an anglerfish? The Natural History Museum used a 3D CT scan to find out (From Sarah & Noah).

“Museum imaging experts discover that an anglerfish in the collections ate a fish twice its length, giving it an enormous expanded stomach.”

 John Hawk discusses the implications of the recent discovery of a unique Homo erectus skull that was published in Science this week (From Jeremy).

“When you look at the cranial base of D4500, you realize something truly special is there. The number of well-preserved basicrania from Homo erectus is very small, none as intact as this one.”

How many cells are in the human body?  Carl Zimmer discusses the latest answer (From Jeremy).

“A simple question deserves a simple answer. How many cells are in your body?  Unfortunately, your cells can’t fill out census forms, so they can’t tell you themselves.”