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
∞ Pi is beautiful, these visualizations prove it
“Mariella Superina has been studying the pink fairy’s habitat for 13 years and has never once seen one in the wild.”
∞ On the 10th anniversary of Spirit landing on Mars, thinking of this sad, beautiful xkcd. You did fine, little rover.
The video quality hurts the brain, but it’s fun to watch a sailfish relentlessly try to spear some lures
The huge diversity of plants in the tropics could be from a massive, invisible war zone
∞ Piranhas are dangerous…only in certain circumstances and only a little bit
Some animals are making our ocean waste, the “plastisphere” their home. Cool, but at what cost?
In trying to save a species, you can also make sure the “not-so-fit” survive, which is a problem for super cute birds
∞ Why humans are the kittens of the universe, pawing at the keyboard of truth
The mistakes we make define us, especially if you had a chance to shoot Hitler and didn’t
The Pacific leaping blenny knows living in the ocean is so three billion years ago
∞ Early, I know, but top it: Coolest thing of 2014 is using standing acoustic waves to levitate objects
Earthquake lights: Another mystery turns out to be pure, fascinating, science! (Not aliens)
Dinosaurs had feathers sure, but like everything else, the story of who got plumage is complicated
Question: Are dogs sensitive to magnetic fields? Research method: Watch them poop. Answer: Probably!
The steps are being taken to test treatments on a medically-generated you. First, ALS and your own motor neurons
Baby it’s cold outside, so get out there and play with thermodynamics!
∞ No, that is not a “shark photobomb,” it’s a dolphin. Now stop it, because marine science
Spiders hate smoker’s breath too. No, really!
Three different genetic tests converge on confusion, not useful health information
∞ On TED: “I submit that [science] run on the model of American Idol is a recipe for civilizational disaster.”
Steven Pinker explains why we speak in euphemisms
So…real technology has totally caught up with fake movie technology
∞ Do dolphins recreationally use one of the most potent toxins known to man? Probably not
You could probably make a baby with a JRR Tolkien dwarf. Just FYI
∞ An old but must-see TED talk: Taking the psychopath test
It took the artist 14 months, but here it is: All of the Futurama characters in one place
∞ How does Smaug breathe fire? Like a bombardier beetle, or a flatulent cow, or a BoyScout, maybe
Father names his daughter “Tali’Zorah.” Is he crazy? Absolutely not
∞ An epic longread about data, nerdy investigation, and movies just for you: How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood
Oh nothing, just every staircase and flagpole in Super Mario Bros. for no reason
Another great deviantART find: ALL the Pokemon drawn to scale in one photo
Finally! *Objective* game reviews
∞ This dude makes the best Zelda comics. Full stop. “I came all this way just for you…I have no idea what to say”
∞ Make Bilbo Baggins a girl, it totally works
Alcoholism, abuse, and Tony Stark: Iron Man Saved My Life
A Flickr page devoted almost entirely to old-school Japanese Kaiju anatomy
∞ “No matter how lost in the woods you become…you can still be found.”
An age-old question: Wolverine…or two Batmans?
Realistic Scyther from Pokemon is the terrifying insect/dinosaur I always hoped it would be
∞ Super-imposing 134 playthroughs of the *hardest* Super Mario level to demonstrate the many-worlds hypothesis
Sciencey GIFs and Images
∞ Quickly, before winter ends! Fill a Super Soaker with boiling water!
Pretty pareidolia: The face of an iceberg
Who has seven closely related topics? I have a crazy-ass Venn diagram for you
Have you had to deal with the hardest part of 2014 yet?
∞ “DON’T READ THE COMMENTS“–Adam West
Seriously, the trolls will return in 2014. They lie in wait for those who read the comments
This is the evolution of 2013’s most popular subreddits, GIFified
∞ All of these dots are moving in a straight line. None are spinning or changing color
Having snow on your roof while driving is super illegal, because of stuff like this
∞ “While in veterinary college, I assisted with a work up of a silverback gorilla. Here are a few pics I took.”
The path of least resistance is rising hot air created from this amazing arc
Don’t give an otter something he can’t tummy stack
The Man O’ War: Really weird outside the water
There is something magical about beaching a (fake) whale in the middle of the forest
Pop Culture Happenings
∞ A video essay on modern cinema culture as confusion: Chaos Cinema
Huh. “…Squee was first used as a comic book sound-effect word made by dying robots.”
I’ll stand by this: The best cover of Daft Punk’s “Derezzed” is on a Chinese zither
New Year’s Resolutions for an Anteater: “I’m gonna eat a shit ton more ants.”
Environmental sculptures that dissolve back into the wild, never to be seen again
This tree says something about art and deforestation all at once
You should go see “Walking with Dinosaurs 3D” with earplugs. It’s better that way
Notes from the past. I hardly get it, which is why I’m so fascinated by xkcd
∞ If you don’t have time to read Malcolm Gladwell’s David & Goliath, here’s the 600-word version
“American Hustle” alludes to science denial and the man who made us fear microwaves and power lines
Growing industry Breaking Bank by cleaning up exploded meth labs
New Zealand school caves to public opinion, removes wi-fi from school. Do we need local science advisory boards?