Friday Coffee Break: You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me!?

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Here’s what we’ll be talking about while we wait in line for a latte:

War. War never changes. Argentinian mockingbirds brutally attack brood parasitic cowbirds, but fail to stop them from laying eggs. -From Noah.

ARE THE MEATS AND CHEESES YOU LOVE ALTERING YOUR GUT MICROBIOTA TO MORE CLOSELY RESEMBLE THAT OF LAB MICE WHO ARE SIGNIFICANTLY MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER VARIOUS AILMENTS, AND THEREFORE KILLING YOU?! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CLICK THIS LINK TO FIND OUT BEFORE ITS TOO LATE! -From Sarah.

But Wait! There’s More! The jet-propulsion butt-hydraulic system also is a gill.” -From Jeremy, who tells me that Apple and Samsung are currently waging a high-stakes patent battle over the butt-hydraulics to be included in the next generation of smart phones. 

Finally, in keeping with the belligerent theme: David Dobbs writes an adversarial piece on the concept of the selfish gene and Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne rebuff it. Meanwhile, Michael Behe [link redacted] says something that makes everyone ask “Must creationist effluvia befoul every. single. google search I do for this blog?”

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