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
The spores that dance, stumble, and jump as if they were alive
∞ What the hardest Super Mario level can teach you about quantum mechanics
We are physical beings, but are we physical puppets too? Social psychologist Paul Bloom asks in a great longread but never really answers.
Stumbling blindly onto a chemical that helps mice without rods and cones see the light again
∞ Venom, not a virus, is the scientifically accurate explanation behind zombie bites in The Walking Dead
The scientific and political controversies around joining the Red and Dead Seas
∞ A phantom blinks into existence with a brilliant blue flash and then vanishes. A copepod you didn’t know you loved
Required reading: Carl Sagan’s method for sorting through those dubious things your friends say on Facebook (kinda)
New species of mite looks disturbingly like those things from Tremors, moves like them too
Watch the Morpheus Lander test its incredibly accurate flying in HD
You could throw a snake from a platform to see how it flies, or you could 3D-print its body to find out
This new whale counting tech could had saved Kirk a lot of hassle in Star Trek IV
“It’s important not to confuse hopeful superstitions with science.” Banish Natural News articles on Facebook. Please.
Ants that form rafts put their babies at the bottom because they float! Thanks mom!
Why is science fiction so good at predicting science fact? Because science works
When a giant isopod goes on a 5-year hunger strike but makes no demands
That weird fear of having something attack you on the toilet? It’s everyday reality for the sea cucumber
Trees move up the mountains as the climate beats them in a serious race
Got a dead car that you need to break into? Grab a spark plug, because pressure!
It’s not unusual for a figure skater to replace two hips before age 40. Here’s why
Our best cold case detectives are working on a mass extinction that lasted 60,000 years
You can train dogs to sit in MRIs and they love it. We love what their brains tell us about voices
The nation’s first poop bank
∞ Nothing will relax you today like this stunning time-lapse of snowflake formations set to lovely piano
Gout was affecting our primate ancestors long before it hobbled kings
As weed makes its way onto our roads, what do we know about driving stoned?
Bees buzz, borrow, build nests from our plastic waste
White noise helps some sleep because it is better noise, and it comes in different colors
California’s drought is disastrous, but we haven’t linked it to AGW just yet
A great primer on the supplements that are actually worth taking
∞ Two scientists who want smoking gone battle over the scant evidence we have on “e-cigs”
∞ While you sat trapped in the Spirit Realm someone fully recreated Ocarina of Time in Minecraft
When you stabilize action footage from TNG, the acting really comes through, you know?
Charmander is based on scientific ideas that were incorrect a thousand years ago
“Your grandfather wasn’t a Snorlax.” Pokemon creationist debate
How Players Actually Make Progress in ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon‘. Perpetually fascinated by this
Twitch is playing Pokemon Red like an anarchist mob, but will the mob ever beat the game?
When the revolution comes, how you say GIF will matter
Included because they are now my ULTIMATE GEEK CRED:
- Original Firefly pistols ✓ Original Firefly captain ✓ Realizing my nerdy dreams ✓
- The force is strong with Nathan Fillion. Trust me on this.
∞ Enrico Fermi’s favorite movies: 100 Dalmatians, Ocean’s 10, 1000: A Space Odessey…
The only way to make Jurassic Park’s CGI better is to make it much, much worse
This Twitter account is posting nothing but every single frame from Top Gun
∞ Why Storm Troopers never seem to be able to hit anything
David Attenborough narrates CURLING.
Make your mouse a theremin with this webpage. Turn the lights off and get weird.
Sciencey GIFs and Images
∞ Opportunity, the loneliest robot, seen here crawling Mar’s Murray Ridge from orbit
Evolution sent the tortoise beetle from the future. And the future is shiny as hell.
The mesmerizing amalgamation of all the overtime shots in the US vs Russia hockey game
Weekend project: Make enormous bubble-making device, watch popping
∞ Martian dunes are beautiful, also happen to look exactly like Starfleet insignias
Up-Goer Five is all well and good, but the actual plans for a Saturn V rocket are just as awesome
The first successful snow leopard kill caught on camera, deep in a Himalayan national park
Believe it or not, we’ve documented crocodiles attacking elephant trunks quite a few times
When a forensic facial reconstructor takes on crystal skull vodka bottles
∞ xkcd once again proves who is the master of science visualizations: Frequencies
Tethys fimbria is the sole species of the genus Tethys. It can amputate its Cthulhu tentacles
Seriously, if I ever find this space-time carpet I am buying out the store
Pop Culture Happenings
Men used to be men, you know?
Would you sign a legal document giving NASA freedom to use your music in any part of the universe?
∞ Only 3-5 percent of photos on Instagram fall into the #selfie category
Do yourself a favor and watch how Dennis Hlynsky tracks the movements of nature through art
One thing Sochi won’t be awarding but should: The very clever snow-making tech
The carcass of Discovery’s “Megalodon” is still rotting, bolstering bad decisions maybe leading to shark culls
Yes, Discovery faked this photo of a Megalodon next to a Nazi u-boat
∞ Masterful mash-up makes Brian Williams nail “Rapper’s Delight”. WORD.
If it’s that kinda day for you: A collection of Olympic wipeout GIFs
Your flight doesn’t provide you with a parachute because it would probably kill you
Report: We mostly use f*** to swear on Twitter, and mostly during Mon-Wed
Algorithms shape every aspect of our lives. It makes you want to punch an ATM
More rules to allow nonsense “gluten-free” marketing to be on the books
A series of interactive art installations that rethinks what mirrors can be
“Even a melting pot of religions such as the UK still sees a large homophily effect in relationships.”
∞ What does Facebook see when you start a relationship? Less posting, but happier