Digging through the Internet this week, I 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
Ants face an omnipresent threat from zombie fungus, and a new study helps explain why
∞ You have never seen nature make mistakes so beautiful
Will “sluggish cognitive tempo” be the new diagnosis du jour, like ADHD?
Coral-eating worm is basically John Carptenter’s Thing
Preliminary computer simulation of the March 22 landslide near Oso, Washington. All that earth, only 120 seconds
People see faces/women/hands/trees on the Moon. Be skeptical of the pattern-seeking brain
Crows are smarter than your cat, and your baby. It’s science
You’ve probably seen this famous protein animation, but you’ve never seen the realistic (super jittery) version
How do birds zip through the environment with ease? They have mastered “optic flow”
∞ Cuttlefish have a cuttlebone, are anti-social cross-dressers, and display the most dazzling hipster colors
One of my very favorite science visualizations: If the Moon were only 1 pixel
To date, scientists have not definitively identified a single human pheromone
Hagfish slime is gross, but it has incredible engineering properties similar to spider silk
Why did the daddy long legs lose its (median) eyes?
Gut-eating amoeba doesn’t even eat our guts, it just Pac-Mans them
Study: It’s the challenge of a videogame, not the violent content, that generates “aggression”
You don’t have to go far to find bizarre lifeforms. Scoop up some pond water
∞ This is what sound looks like
Holy crap RAILGUN. You can see the trailing shockwave!
The worlds that blink into existence whenever a log sinks into the sea
Culling lionfish is unintentionally making the damn things smarter
You don’t even need to know how this surgical snakebot works, just look at it
Turns out that the value we place on old violins has little to do with how we enjoy their sound or playability
After you die, your body starts releasing over 400 different kinds of gases and chemicals including freon
∞ This new footage might be only one of two showing a live oarfish and it’s awesome
Shadow, Labyrinth, Mirror: New Species of Child-Eating Dracula Ants Get Cool Ninja Names
Baby sloths sound like babies requiring a cheek pinch
It’s official, the ALIEN queen would beat a na’vi and a terminator in a fight
The endings to Pokemon games are garbage
“Installation is difficult, but it is a Sarlaac in your toilet so give a guy a break.”
“Batman: Strange Days” is a short from Bruce Timm for the crusader’s 75th, and it’s pretty classic
Literally low-budget Tony Stark
You can play hockey in StarCraft II, where Canadians and not Koreans are the ones to fear
∞ Realistic Mario involves neck snapping
Paying your power bill with your bathtub is less about pumping, more about scamming bottled water
How big of a system can you make before you fling a world into the void? Super Planet Crash
Redditor makes chart on how all the episodes of Game of Thrones line up to their book chapters
A map for Game of Thrones based on character observations and geology
The only iPhone case I’ve ever wanted is, it turns out, from Metal Gear Solid
Being in a car with Rust Cohle is unbearable, don’t ask him about puppies
Should we recognize that Firefly can’t really be scifi royalty?
∞ Explore your inner Sonic the Hedgehog, er, I mean fish, with Joe Hanson and Neil Shubin
I’ve tried for literally an hour and I can’t make a Higgs boson in this stupid/fun/addicting game. You try
Does Tatooine make sense cosmologically? Yep!
Sciencey GIFs and Images
Movies have gotten more blue in the last 100 years, according to data visualization
Periodic table. Sorry.
∞ Giraffe kicks over camera, shows you a view you have probably never seen of the animal
oh my god chipmunk face-rubbing in slow motion
Watch Voyager 1 approach Jupiter, over and over again
Another GIF to troll the science trolls with
Science: Starlight from a variable star reverberating throughout a gas cloud. Regular: WOW LOOK AT THAT GIF!
Dude from Texas is a gas, ideally
The northern stargazer is still appalled that the blobfish beat it
Saw a picture of this frog, thought it was ‘shopped. Found a video, totally real and awesome
∞ Enjoy the little things, like how scientists weigh little birds
∞ When wind conditions create a “cross-sea“, it’s dangerous but fascinating
So damn satisfying: The exact moment when two water droplets coalesce
The geometry between sine, cosine, and the circle
An arctic night when the Sun doesn’t set
Reminder: Some mammals have hairy teeth.
These blocks are moving slowly, not stopping and starting, stupid brain
And Now, A Giraffe Eating An Impala Skull
∞ Similar conditions and same thrust make these rockets dance a ballet at the edge of space
Pop Culture Happenings
Colbert has had the freedom to have serious/engaging science on his show, but will that be the case on The Late Show?
“Commenters discussed the presenter’s characteristics on YouTube, but engaged with talk content on the TED website”
As usual, xkcd has the simplest explanation of a confusing topic: The Heartbleed bug
Australia’s main health organization has officially declared homeopathy “useless,” again leading the skeptical charge
Some cool science and math to learn about in Jack White’s new music video (and enough guitar to melt your face)
Denmark puts animal welfare ahead of cruel religious tradition in its slaughter houses, draws protests. Good.
There is even a huge income disparity in the doctors receiving Medicare payments
Vaccine pro: Get to puncture child with needle. Vaccine con: You have to go to a place.
“Let’s get one thing clear: The ‘black box’ isn’t black. It’s orange.”
Study: Give people more access to information about the real world (the Internet) and they become less religious
Saying “like” all the time is not degrading our language, dudebro, totes because linguistics