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, Watch
∞ A depressingly poignant comic about an ex-rhino
Really clear Washington Post infographic on the path of the Chelyabinsk meteor
Is MSG really dangerous—or just a victim of bad PR?
You are made of waste. But don’t worry, so is everything else.
Amphibious snake robot moves so fluidly, organically in water that it is bound to freak you out with how cool it is
∞ How does Thor fly? Why can’t anyone pick up his hammer? Short answer: HE’S THOR. Long answer: Science!
There are no known instances in which anyone has been injured by space debris…but look out anyway
Profile of the high-profile climate denier, funded completely by industry, who is making waves in Washington
It’s like a brain-machine interface, but replace “brain” with “bladder”. And rats
The “great uncle” of the T. rex was still pretty cool, unsurprisingly
∞ Out of 33 examples of fossilized or preserved insect sex, this one is the oldest!
An optical illusion is causing dentists to drill oversized holes in your face
The Chelyabinsk meteor was moving at Mach 50!
“One of my goals in life, is to make biology look like astrophysics.”
I love old illustrations like this: Anatomy of the horseshoe crab
Really sobering interactive from National Geographic: What if all the ice melted?
Is science really “broken”? Can we fix it? Some thoughts
This is what climate change looks like: Beautiful but retreating glaciers
∞ An 8-bit Pop-Tart cat moves twice as fast as the fastest jet ever created because it goes to the bathroom on the moon
Neil deGrasse Tyson answers all the big questions: How to blow up a planet like the Death Star
Nice NPR video that explores the universe of microbes that lives within you
∞ “This blue whale skull has been here since it got hit by a ship in 1985, and it’s still leaking.”
Herbal supplements: On the whole, stay away, too much uncertainty
Electricians explain how one Canadian saw this crazy electric fireball
A collection of great images from the hybrid solar eclipse you probably missed
In a lot of cases, you are more than a single genome. You are fragments and copies and mutations, even in your brain
∞ That time when the military tried to weaponize bats
One of the world’s first underwater nuclear tests, re-colored
Every successful superhero movie needs a stupid-long death scene. Add dubstep to pass the time
xkcd makes news headlines more fun. E.g., “2014 eating contest to test some elf-lord incumbents.”
∞ Fanatic editors kill Jar Jar Binks in a Phantom Menace deleted scene
Stan Lee rants about how Superman needs to make more sense, even in a comic universe
Scientifically, you don’t get the joke
∞ Lovely, nerdy GIF: NES facts
The fastest lawn mower running 24/7 could keep one adult male cougar’s home range neatly trimmed
If you have $160 to drop, drop it on a custom Voltron hoodie
Ohhhhh, there was symbolism in Return of the Jedi
Does the Obsessive ‘Adventure Time’ Fandom Overlook the Depths of Pendleton Ward’s Cartoon Network Hit?
∞ Daryl wasn’t always the zombie marksman that he is today
Get your Star Wars aficionado the Death Star Owner’s Manual
∞ In which Benedict Cumberbatch freaks out Harrison Ford with how good his Chewbacca impression is
For his latest creation, Man At Arms crafts Thor’s hammer, smashes stuff
This would be the first thing I did in a Power Rangers outfit
Stolen passwords and their hints=the best crossword ever
FYI Fallout fans: “Cazadores” do exist, they’re called tarantula hawk wasps
GIFs and Images to Make You Wow
The jawfish mimics an octopus that is mimicking a fish and behaves like a 9th arm.
∞ Seeing a skull 3D printed is like watching an MRI GIF in three dimensions. That is to say, awesome
These lines look like they are going back and forth, but they really are just changing length..or are they rotating?
An aircraft carrier moving through open water is like one big fluid dynamics demonstration
A horribly dark version of Super Mario that I kinda like
By my math, at the top of this arc, this orca has double the potential energy of a mini-van at highway speed
Pretty women right? Turn them right side up. Works for men too, still shows you that your brain creates reality
This robot has a 100% win record in rock, paper, scissors, because it cheats
The most fun (and somewhat dangerous) way to take out your anger at the Asian carp?
So, have you ever wondered how many posters get put on concrete pillars?
If you were looking through the right camera, this helicopter flies via sorcery
What ants make horror movies about. This is not an ant.
I love watching this. Look how it turns the head and ears to zero-in on the prey before leaping face first into snow!
∞ Incredible (and very graphic): Stabilized footage of the Kennedy assassination
Stabilized Patterson-Gimlin footage makes it look even more like a guy in a suit
WWII cat: Stop doing war pleaze
Otters really try to keep their hands untangled (or dry?) when rolling themselves in kelp
Note to self: Put hydrophobic coating on body and then swim, see what happens
A hummingbird hawk moth earns its name
Pop Culture Happenings
I love modern hobbies: Video of kid who can speak backwards almost perfectly
∞ Fantastic! 1,000 Hong Kong kids form a giant shark on beach, taking a stand against city’s fin trade
Old, but necessary viewing: Artists who take it upon themselves to accurately color historical photographs
The Massive Map of Hip-Hop Monikers. A mos def-initive chart
This is the coolest thing you’ll see today: Homemade jet pack rockets inventor around like Tony Stark
The secret to making a rock-climbing robot? 750 grippers per arm
Wonderful, newly discovered subreddit: Full Movie GIFs
Amazing photo journal of an icebreaker at the North Pole
”Any story that starts out with someone on a hunt for Sasquatch, we probably have problems from the get go.”
∞ In an African desert there lies an amazing memorial that you’d never see. Enter Google Earth
Sometimes, a technology comes along that blows my mind, this is one of those times
Why have zombie stories become so popular in the past 10-15 years? A pretty good answer.