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
Yoga and prayer are not medicine. We know this.
∞ True Detective‘s Rust Cohle may be one depressing SOB, but he’s right about our sense of self
Always nice to remind yourself that we have seen a sunset on Mars
∞ No, painkillers don’t fuel overdose deaths, and stories ignore those who live with chronic pain
Found some more incredible mimic octopus footage, fast-forwarded to the cool part for you too
As incredible as the oarfish is, it’s absurd (but beautiful to look at)
As with computing power, technology helped us get addicted to light
The symbiosis of spotted salamanders and the algae living inside them
Finally, a skeptical take: Almost 500 Foods Contain The ‘Yoga Mat’ Compound. Should We Care?
+1 to this great longread on epigenetics for using The Simpsons
Can we really trust facial recognition tech? Or is it more like a polygraph?
Supergenes are a thing, and they make this butterfly a very good liar
In the 90s, “repressed memories” lost their evidential basis. But did anyone pay attention?
This is absolutely amazing to me: The birds that might be parasites of information
∞ This Tower of Power is made of worms looking for a ride in a beetle
Drone upside #0987: Capturing a crazy pretty dolphin stampede and whales nuzzling
Why do all the Western characters on Firefly hurl insults at each other in Chinese? Possibly this
“Never agree to write a turtle’s biography. You will, at one crucial point, run out of material.”
It’s much harder for (squid) babies to learn to swim in (effectively) Jello
In which I skin a squirrel for museum prep. I show you a penis bone (Graphic)
“Most space charts leave out the most significant part – all the space.”
∞ “Is it crazy to wish upon a star?” Yes, unless it’s for fusion.
Would love to see more of this shark’s eye view footage
You’re an atheist; how can you be in awe of the universe? Wrong question, interesting answer
Wind turbines can induce lightning to go the other way, into the sky. THIS IS HOW THOR WORKS
∞ Always enjoyed Paul Bloom’s lectures. His TED talk on the origins of pleasure is particularly good
A defense of studying the duck genitalia “that can seem at war with each other.”
“Images allow us to capture something memorable without it needing to be remembered.”
Will the next spillover be from a virus unlocked by climate change?
Giant virus emerges from frozen slumber after 30,000 years still infectious
Doctor’s white coats are a health hazard, but can they afford to lose the psychological benefits?
∞ No, Tony Hawk didn’t develop a hoverboard, but quantum mechanics can give you something better
It happened: Everything Wrong With Indiana Jones 4
If the Jurassic Park raptors in the kitchen scene was CATS
∞ If you enjoyed Twitch Plays Pokemon, this emotional comic will rip your heart out and then put it back in
Can Twitch Plays Pokemon teach us about the nature of human society? Totally
What has traveled farther than Voyager? A uranium-enriching centrifuge
“300” was in slow motion literally 25% of the film
Explaining Zeno’s Paradox a bit better than your calculus teacher did
∞ This website lets you re-create the “You didn’t say the magic word” scene from Jurassic Park, because Internet
1) Develop ground-breaking virtual reality tech 2) Recreate Seinfeld’s apartment
An entire song made from Jeff Goldblum’s bizarre Jurassic Park laugh
Do zombies exist? Kinda? It depends
∞ I’ll be Bach: What the hell was The Terminator’s time signature?
Sciencey GIFs and Images
I love seeing animals crossed with everyday objects
Watch the gates of hell open in this GIF
∞ “I’ll get you puny land mammals if it’s the last thing I do!”
Photographer Marvin Muller has some incredible photos of a snake eating a crocodile
We just recovered from seeing a snake eat a crocodile and now this
“Oh, dear—it looks like evolution got into the nail polish again. Sorry about that, variegated grasshopper.”
I’m just going to leave this GIF of squid skin here for you…
∞ Nothing like watching a bird sledding
“He moves like a bird, bobbing his head…and he slashes at you with a claw like a razor…”
∞ Not to be outdone by the last (fantastic) infographic, today’s xkcd is a gut punch of reality
Need some science comics? Beatrice The Biologist has you covered
Poison dart frog on acid, dude
Finally found a (slightly) longer version of the famous airplane fluid mechanics GIF, and tis awesome
A thing of beauty when an old TV burns in a game of Pac-Man
Pop Culture Happenings
∞ For everything we know about the COSMOS reboot, nobody knows if it will work
“I hope [Cosmos] succeeds…because we all need a unifying dose of curiosity and wonder.”
Heh. 13 GIFs to send to your friends that will make them incredibly internet-anxious
The King in Yellow was a sleeping virus, one that True Detective has finally brought back to life
I am helping MIT build an exquisitely cataloged library of reaction GIFs. You should too!
I don’t know if it was a translation error, but c’mon China, that’s a very unfortunate scientific acronym
∞ With only her voice, artist Kawehi does an incredible rendition of Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box
A little book of London syphilitic whores made women put mouse skin on their faces
Love science? Join Christina Ochoa an I as we host Intel’s International Science & Engineering Fair 2014! Volunteer here
Artist David Jablow turns a suggestive doodle pad into an art series. Gallery here (slightly NSFW)
Astronaut Commander Hadfield is your go-to source for ridiculous space facts
A hand-cranked water drop in a pond simulator. Mesmerizing
Are these cows really “jumping for joy”? I’d like to think so
How NASA cleverly handled the challenge of promoting a movie that makes space exploration look terrifying