Unrelated to all that, 1/28 edition

When your job is picking up starfish and throwing them as far as they can go, well, your job is pretty good.  A great writeup of Bob Paine and the influence he has had in ecology; few biographical sketches can make you want to go out and read a bunch of scientific papers, but this one did.

John Hawks is now okay with the Dunbar Number.  Or at least the scale of it.

Crowds are not people, my friend.  But they could be if they wanted.

Seed an ecosystem in a bottle then seal it up and let it grow for 53 years.  On the other hand, this is the Daily Mail so it could all be made up.

Dung beetles watch the milky way.  This just furthers my fascination with all things dung beetle.

NPR reports on camel wrestling.  Let me repeat that: Camel Wrestling!

Unrelated to all that (January 16th edition)

Wait, there’s a paper with ‘neuroecology’ in the title?  I’m sold! Well a review of a paper, really, but they did it better and more thoroughly than I could.

That’s…that’s a lot of dopamine and depression.  Scicurious has a series of articles on the link between dopamine and depression.

See schizophrenia isn’t all that bad, you should be thankful really.  And really, the culture that you live in shapes your schizophrenia.

See, being a psychopath isn’t all that bad, you should be thankful really.  This is more evidence for the importance of ‘neurodiversity’.

Maybe if they were psychopaths they just wouldn’t want more friends.  On the Dunbar number, and why we can only have so many friends.