It’s always nice to finish things with a sweet taste, and in case you haven’t seen it, a new study on whether bees can combine color and pattern in deciding where to forage will leave you with a sugary biology aftertaste for 2010. Published in a serious journal (Biology Letters from the Royal Society), it’s written by 10 year olds, and the figures are … well, just take a look here. The paper is short, and if nothing else will remind you that all the fancy multi-syllable words and obscure language we are used to in research papers are not strictly necessary.
Here at SimBio, we’ve had our own sweet year with the release, after five years of work, of our new SimUText Ecology interactive chapters. Thanks to everyone who took a chance and gave our chapters a try – the positive feedback from your classes has been really gratifying.
And to everyone else, thanks for reading, Happy New Year, and I look forward to an educational 2011.