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.
Science to Read, Write, and Watch
∞ Posted this last July 4th weekend and will again because duh: Fireworks in reverse are better than actual fireworks
Really weird to see something un-launch itself: This SpaceX rocket test video is ridiculously impressive
∞ What Really Happens When Lightning Strikes Sand: The Science Behind a Viral Photo
The Truth About Video Games and Gun Violence. What do we really know about how games affect us?
Physics so cool you’ll want to slap someone: Bass strings viewed through a high shutter speed
So far so good for a new set of sweeping US classroom science standards
I love how the Girl Scouts sciencified “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”
∞ Being a Sandpiper: A story of animal consciousness. (You ever read writing so good you are jealous of it?)
When magic and empiricism meet in Uganda children get their teeth removed with a sharpened bicycle spoke
∞ How “ancient aliens” are the gods of the archaeological gaps
Are “immortal” jellies really immortal? Or do they just age realllly slowly?
How many bouncy balls would it take to kill someone? Also, you’re now an accessory to murder
“Darwin’s Doubt,” a new book about the “merits” of intelligent design, is a masterwork of pseudoscience
Give one last Vulcan salute to Pluto’s newly named satellites. Shatner is pissed.
∞ I got physically creeped out watching this great science video: Why Are Thing Creepy?
The True Science of Spinach: What the Popeye Mythology Teaches Us about How Error Spreads
How nuclear fallout from the cold war can help us track and stop ivory poachers
∞ I love that someone got around to this: The physics of that gravity defying chain of metal beads
Curiosity marvels at the moons moving around Mars
∞ How we are preparing to fight the great lionfish invasion. Or, kill one if you see one.
As an American, I believe that we need to prevent the North Pole from migrating into Russia
∞ Why is a rainbow? I learned!
You may not have seen any cicadas, but scientists did, and they’re using GPS to uncover the next swarm
What’s the time frame on “solving the problems in our own backyard” before we continue to explore space?
Nerdom at its Finest
What the Fifth Element can teach you about design principles. I love this idea.
∞ Big data answers the question: Just where is the middle of nowhere?
Conference soon? May I suggest for a laser pointer you bring this insanely dangerous 6-barreled Gatling laser with a taste for balloons?
What Arkham Ayslum Gets Right And Wrong About The Criminally Insane. The fascinating questions good games raise…
Here’s How Mass Effect‘s Biological Warfare is Scientifically Possible. I want to be the very model of a scientist Salarian…
∞ I must kill Roy Phillips: A story about how you can fall deeply for Fallout 3, and realize you’ve fallen too far
Inside the Moon: The Power of Majora’s Mask. A detailed analysis of one of my all-time favorite games
∞ ‘Now Is The Best Time’: A Critique Of BioShock Infinite. Amazingly deep commentary and a great prose
The Darth Valley challenge sounds like a darth sentence. But world record dude!
∞ This drawing of a Half-Life 3 conspiracy theorist is gold Jerry, gold
Battlestar Pedagogica: Using Science Fiction to teach Science!
GIFs and Images for 2-seconds of WOW
∞ Physics and starlight don’t just bend around a black hole, they bend my MIND. Cool simulation of what orbiting a black hole look like
There are two types of people in this world. Those who are scared of this picture, and those who are like “WHOA, JUMANJI SPIDER”
Getting the perfect shot of lava takes dedication
∞ Up close, your eye is a forest of blood delivery
Superman already invented 3D printing, so Makerbot has a lot of royalties to pay
A few sciencey reminders–Camouflage is incredible. Don’t fill a tank with steam and then close the valve too quickly. A llama eye looks like it is wearing an evening dress. You can see a whole world in a drop of water, or Superman.
The ribbon eel is confirmation of my theory that life is one big rhythmic gymnastics display
∞ You will spend too much time looking at this bridge’s destruction
Um, woah. Arizona Cardinals’ Robert Gill found the 25mph setting on his treadmill
I might want the last thing I ever see to be owl feet
It took me a good 30 seconds to realize what kind of geography I was looking at
∞ A cuttlefish whose camouflage doesn’t work can always try hypnosis
So, the US/Mexico border is a pretty stark contrast huh?
I always prefer my cabbage to be mathematical
∞ XKCD does the best visualizations (and I’ll stand by that): Lakes and Oceans
Um, don’t do this, but rifling in a rifle is pretty cool looking
Oh Yeah, Other Things Happen in the World
News flash: Right-wing preacher has no idea what Star Trek stands for, considers it bestiality
Rare (but well documented) side effect of placebo medicine? Collapsed lung
∞ First-person parkour is absolutely thrilling
God is like a table with three legs. And skepticism is a hard sell
Amazing read: What it is like to be a Muslim woman, and why we know what freedom is (and you may not)
Is Adventure Time talking about homeopathy here?
Lovely eye candy: A Visual History of Magic
Death by Cassowary is a fate I never want to meet. The last thing I see is a weird frat boy stare…
My (new) favorite (old) XKCD is about the creator of the universe
Can’t wait to read Dr. Paul Offit’s new book examining all the pitfalls of so-called alternative medicine, Do You Believe in Magic?
∞ “Amazon is not investing in the town’s people; instead, it’s mechanizing them.”
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