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
NASA’s “starshade” isn’t a galaxy destroyer but a very clever way to examine exoplanets
∞ How fast do you need to go to red-shift yourself beyond the visible range of a speed camera?
Why do a bunch of villains have /mor/ in their names? Because those letters comprise a “phonestheme”
∞ A compilation of dogs reacting to a magic trick. Capacity for confusion?
The invertebrate bear that survived all mass extinctions, incredibly, adorably
It says this is 10 million FPS, but whatever it is, it captures glass cracks propagating and it’s gorgeous
You are either going to hate or love this tarantula molting video. Probably hate, because the sound is really weird
We were off on how good our sense of smell is by a factor of 1,000,000 and it makes perfect sense
Science is getting so good at brain mapping that we can take virtual tours
Do “smart pills” like Adderall really make you smarter?
Heat-seeking missiles ain’t got nothing on home-seeking snakes
∞ A fruit fly beats its wings over 250 times per second. It can right its flight in *3 wing beats* with fly “calculus”
How a snake sips from the sea, but can die of thirst in the middle it
Life on Titan would probably be weird, but it would be life worth taking a chance to find
Using a viral switch that never fails as a journalist in the guts of mice
A 1,500-year old piece of moss is the latest proof-of-concept in the fascinating new field of “resurrection ecology”
Scientists Ask Why There Are So Many Freaking Huge Ants (So do all of us)
“Always bet on the insect“: How bugs are now overcoming our genetic engineering with evolution
∞ The mystery of the sea unicorn’s horn that still isn’t solved
Video of a scientist learning his theory was validated is going viral because of its humanity
What is “thirdhand smoke”? Turns out, it’s probably bad for you too
Are toilet seat covers worth it, statistically? Not really
Statistically oriented? Use Bayes’ theorem to better understand confusing health headlines!
The science of running a marathon (and why we don’t die doing it)
Could weed really be a gateway drug…across generations? More epigenetics interestingness
∞ Does this simple gyroscope actually weigh less when you spin it? Did you predict correctly?
The fallout around Chernobyl is even affecting the microbes that should be helping reclaim the land
New classroom project: Competitive water droplet racing in physics classes!
Vi Hart is here to curb your enthusiasm for pi
∞ If you slow down hummingbird squeaks, you can hear incredible subtleties in rhythm and tone
There are Zelda tattoos and then there are the best Zelda tattoos
∞ Find a huge underground oil chamber, use opportunity to sing the Halo theme song perfectly
These LEGOs just solved a Rubik’s cube in less than 4 seconds
Whatever “Saturn” is, this video showing a mechanized evolution using Darwin’s words is amazing
∞ Technically, you can “make it snappy” at the same speed as something “spreading like wildfire”
How many soda cans would it take to bring our CO2 back down? Enough to completely cover Rhode Island from space
Affirming life advice from He-Man’s nemesis, because internet: “Heal Yourself, Skeletor”
A lovely way to visualize and make less scary: Cross-Stitched Germs and Microbes
∞ Less Talk, More Rock: A feature on videogame design and storytelling from the creators of an all-time favorite
Huh. Most players don’t finish the awesome, story-driven games that we expect them to
∞ The 12-year old inside me loves this Superman GoPro video more than anything
Sciencey GIFs and Images
∞ This image isn’t moving. Damn you visual cortex!
“Evolution tried to start a sports league once, but competitive leaf-eating just wasn’t that interesting to watch.”
Silly snake, golf balls are for golfers!
With a combination of sensors and software, “explosive active armor” can sense and destroy incoming projectiles
This is a GIF of the military shooting a mortar out of the sky with a car-mounted laser
∞ It’s coming allergy sufferers…Nature is coming
Substitute teacher writes on the chalkboard, “Walker, Texas Ranger”
Pop Culture Happenings
Lovely gallery of “The Girls of Atomic City”–the women who helped win WWII
Chances are your seafood is caught “dirty”; millions of fish are discarded to die in order to satisfy us
Sadly, not surprising: 50% of Americans believe at least one medical conspiracy theory
∞ Slowing down Neil Tyson talking about Newton happens to be hilarious because he sounds WASTED
Good. Put all these frauds away. “TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau Gets 10-Year Sentence”
∞ Art exhibit shows classroom chalkboards right after quantum mechanics lectures
Graphic artist David Szakaly is the one making all the GIFs your stoner friends post
Australian Medical Association issues statement: Wind turbines are harmless
We do this to the Chicago River because we REALLY like St. Patrick’s Day (read: beer)