Weekly Webcrawl: December 6, 2013

The photo of the week comes from a set on Flickr by Robert Johnson and depicts phytoplankton from the Southern Ocean blown up a few hundred thousand times.

The photo of the week comes from a set on Flickr by Robert Johnson and depicts phy­to­plankton from the Southern Ocean blown up a few hun­dred thou­sand times. To me it looks like a pile of elec­tronics waste and just exem­pli­fies how much struc­ture exists at infin­i­tes­i­mally small levels. Photo via Flickr Cre­ative Commons.

The Oxford Eng­lish Dic­tio­nary named “selfie” the word of the year for 2013, but I think Merriam-Webster’s choice of “sci­ence” was a much better one. You too can engi­neer the per­fect cookie with a little help from NPR. But if you can hold off eating it for a little while, you’ll prob­ably be more suc­cessful in life. Remember this social media throw­back from 2009? Behold, the Marsh­mallow Test!

Studies that follow marsh­mallow test par­tic­i­pants through later life have shown that being able to post­pone instant grat­i­fi­ca­tion is asso­ci­ated with later success. But a recent study in PLOS Com­pu­ta­tional Biology turns this all on its head when it asks whether thing you’re facing isn’t a deli­cious marsh­mallow but rather some­thing you want no part of. Turns out that doing things sooner, when they stink, is actu­ally better, writes The Atlantic. And just in case your week was as crappy as mine, here’s another video, which is awe­some, heart warming, and cer­tain to cheer you up:

Oh!! And I almost forgot: this is a blog post about the vast­ness of life con­tained beneath the ocean, written by my friends’ kids who are spending a year sailing around the world with their amazing parents.