Science in Aggregate: Week 23

By Kyle Hill | June 9, 2013 1:02 pm

I have dug through the Internet this week and uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from previous weeks here.

I have marked my favorite links with a. Enjoy.

Counter-intuitive but important: Don’t Take Your Vitamins

Want to see immune cells swarm an infection?

Long-exposure photos of fireflies in the forest. Incredible.

Your daily dose of WOW is this octopus camouflage. Learn more octopus facts here

I wish my school was cool enough to do Pac-Man at a football game

Your eye never really stops moving. It’s the ideomotor iris

Vibrate sand on a plate and you get mathematical art

Bacterial colonies expressing fluorescent proteins, or a Petri paradise

Discouragement for young writers. This is great. Awful, but great.

A year of activity on our Sun in one photo

My favorite Inception flowchart is still confusing

My latest additions to the 6-second science videos I make: Science on the Vine: Nothing Sucks, Unconscious Control, Candle Smoke, WWCSD

Be nice, some sea creatures are really sensitive

I might use this amazing Bane soundboard to answer all my phone calls

Wow, the border between the US and Canada is way weirder, and much more utilitarian, than I thought

The rise of the neuropundit (and the accompanying bullshit)

What is Wind? It’s the Earth’s molecular soup running though your hair.

Could we ever record our dreams? Kinda/notreally

Dissolving Alka-Seltzer is fun, even better in space

If you must kill a spider, choose the super-villain method of a frozen prison and rubbing alcohol

Wow, good shooting. Painting the Mona Lisa with paintballs

With hydrographics, you can make your hand all cyborgy. More info here

Isn’t the *snikt!* enough? You have to run a few thousand volts through your DIY claws too?


If you throw a ball covered in water just right, you can model galaxies

This gave me the absolute *shivers*: What it’s like to look down from the world’s tallest building

Speed up the blind graspings of vines, and it looks totally awesome

Destroy a tiny bonsai tree with artificial lightning? Sure!

Your city’s weather, in terms of Star Wars planets

Be skeptical of “lone geniuses,” because that’s not really how science works

The calculus of Joss Whedon shows

The coolest thing I saw today was extensive footage of a rare Oarfish. Such an odd, wonderful animal

A linguistic analysis of “Geek” vs. “Nerd.” Wonderful overthink

Are CFCs responsible for global warming? Short answer: No. Long answer: Nope.

I don’t think anyone has said this sentence: These vintage Dutch safety posters are dope

I Hate to Break it to You, But You Already Eat Bugs

The Sun might actually never set on the British empire

Why the Paleo Diet is really about privilege and misconceptions about human evolution

It always amazes me when a band can learn their whole song (and lyrics) backwards

A grain of pollen stuck on a bee…in a super-close “3D” GIF

If you have Chrome, you can use this web app to play around with the “Shut Up Gun

How we are tricking animals with evolutionary traps. (Like disastrous beer-bottle mating)

Braces work, a GIF

XKCD: Get your mental s*** together

Gullibility and pseudoscience in headlines about acupuncture and allergies

I like to make celebrities look like monsters to make myself feel better, with psychology

Nuclear containment pods are *indestructible.* Engineers sure as hell make sure

This frog fail should describe the Leher affair, but sadly it doesn’t

Space shuttle thermal tile material is so good at dissipating heat, you can grab it at 2200 degrees

I want to catch a moss mantis just to stare

When a newborn baby looks like a chicken embryo: En-caul births

Manipulative female squid sneak male squid sperm snacks

The most amazing thing about a duck penis is that they have one

It’s counter-intuitive, but charcoal can burn bright in a liquid. Really, it’s chemistry!

It’s official: Thor’s hammer works via gravitons and nanotech

Bill Nye shows a great air pressure demonstration to do with the kids

Rubidium and water don’t get along, but their meeting is pretty

Support indie art, celebrate science! Get a Super Mario-themed Jacques Cousteau drawing

Charts to prove that too many children go unvaccinated

The algorithm that uses Tetris to print your favorite 8-bit videogame characters

A wonderful life without gods, without masters (and a challenge to Stephen King)

Roger Ebert on Kindness. Words to live by

Ink in water looks like organs and jellyfish and impossible flowers

While we wait for Attenborough to get better, let’s watch him discuss one amazingly vocal bird

XKCD: F***ing hipsters

For the material science people, ten minutes of bullets hitting lead and steel in slo-mo

To stop bodysnatchers, graves a century ago were armed with tripwire-fired “grave guns

Looking into a gecko’s eye somehow gives me the Jurassic Park willies

I’m pretty sure that the Taranturaptor, the animal I dreamed up for Wired Science, is the scariest thing ever

In a Pangaea with modern countries, Morocco touches New York

The Maned Wolf is not photoshopped, is beautiful. Having a favorite canid is important

A bubble looks most beautiful at the instant it is popped


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About Kyle Hill

Kyle Hill is a science writer and communicator who specializes in finding the secret science in your favorite fandom. His work has appeared in Wired, The Boston Globe, Scientific American, Popular Science, Slate, and more. He is a TV correspondent for Al Jazeera America's science and technology show TechKnow and a columnist for Skeptical Inquirer magazine.Find his stream of nerdery on Twitter: @Sci_PhileEmail him at sciencebasedlife [at] gmail [dot] com.


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