Digging through the web 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
Chernobyl’s Bugs: Illustrating and tracking the curious effects of radioactive exposure
∞ Forget Icarus, Fly As Close To The Sun As You Want!
180 years ago, a “sponging EVE” laid the groundwork for changing these clever dolphin’s diets
What happens if you chill water in a full, indestructible container? “Ice VI“!
How we know that the Earth is literally older than dirt
Foam rollers are actually good for a workout
Why you get clumsier in space and get a stuffy nose and loss of taste and a spherical heart and…
“Oh, evolution. You were doing so well with the lynx—and then you made it sound like this”
Finally! Watch the Virus Hunters short series, based on David Quammen’s amazing book
∞ If we ever build photon torpedoes, we’ll have also solved the energy crisis
Genomics to stop the sickness spread by tsetse flies
Nature continues to amaze: The vine that can mimic several trees simultaneously
Spring blooms come quicker in a warming world. There are no benefits for plants from CO2 when it gets too dry/hot
Vaccines have saved 732,000 infants in the US alone from the terrible diseases they can prevent
∞ You should read this post on spider vision just to see inside a spider head while it looks around
Disney animated a real sleep disorder before we even knew what it was, by accident
Speed reading app makes you read faster, comprehend less
To communicate AGW risk, maybe we should give people the actual numbers we are talking about
Using beeswax to glue the smallest 3D glasses to a mantis to learn about vision
“You won’t be able to mix nicotine in your bathtub and sell it anymore”
Otters: “Disease-ridden, murderous, necrophilic aqua-weasels whose treachery knows few bounds.”
The shape of the structure that makes mantis shrimp clubs so strong
∞ Why did a dunking Jordan seem to float? Physics!
Can you distinguish data visualization from abstract expressionist painting? No. I can’t.
Learned a lot from this very cool “Spiders in Space” free teaching resource from NASA (read: the term “spidernauts”)
Fast, tiny, easily controlled robots scurry about on flexible surfaces, thanks to magnets
We just found an entirely “new” shape: The hemihelix
Step 1: Make insect-like exoskeletons. Step 2: Market diet plan. Step 3: Profit? Insects get fat, but don’t bulge
The man who opened science’s ears to the concerts of our forests, streams, and animals
We don’t feel actual muscle fatigue, but instead its chemical signature. We injected thumbs to find this out.
∞ Sloths evolved a kind of internal tape to keep organs from pressing on their lungs. Nature is so cool
“Clinical vampirism” isn’t a thing, but the cases this parody was based on are horrific enough
Swordfish don’t uses their swords to pierce, they fence and bludgeon other fish with them
There does seem to be wisdom in crowds, even with other animals. But more crowd is not better
Woodpeckers don’t get concussions, albatrosses don’t get divorces.
Study complicated animal intelligence with a massive, simple study
Being in a car crash is WAY more likely than getting any kind of spider bite
When you steal Einstein’s brain against family wishes, store it under a beer cooler, and find out it’s not so special
∞ If cats are intelligent, they don’t give a shit about our attempts to test for it
Gladwell’s “10,000 hour rule” isn’t very nuanced or appreciative of the literature
In Lucas’ earliest drafts of the Star Wars script, “lightsabers” were “LAZERSWORDS” F*** YEAH
∞ Designer Ashley Hennefer made a working Fallout Pip-Boy 3000 for astronauts!
Show the kids: A game where you can control natural selection and see evolution happen!
The internet is a grand calculator for weird stuff. Here are 10 examples
Fact-check: Blue Oyster Cult was off by about 100,000 people a day in “Don’t Fear the Reaper”
Want to explore basic video game design (and see the accompanying code)? Start here
This dude snaps the Super Mario theme
Someone soak a dodgeball in gasoline and through it at 93 mph. These students think it will HADOUKEN
∞ The weird things that happen when a raindrop goes supersonic and hits a windshield
It only took him three years of playing Super Mario 64 to beat the whole thing in under 2 hours
Sciencey GIFs and Images
Totally agree with the formula for unified creepiness
∞ Oh. That’s just my sugar glider pocket
Crushing a baseball with 100,000 pounds
Pretty insect creates even prettier example of surface tension
Science GIF Hall of Fame inductee #003: A Slinky shows you how information travels
Mercury, besides being the coolest thing to fill a balloon with, also enjoys dubstep
Watch how a cheetah’s tail unlocks its amazing agility
∞ I would like to receive a boop from science.
Hockey is WAY ahead of other sports in terms of awesome opening graphics tech
A golden orb spider and its web aboard the International Space Station. It’s a bit messy.
Your reminder that your dog uses its tongue as a water scoop
∞ Lioness gored by buffalo gets some field medicine [Incredible GRAPHIC photos]
A tiny pumping heart of a tadpole, moving blood cells around to big eyes and a wiggling tail
The adorable children undergoing this psychological testing aren’t quite in the “Concrete Operational” stage yet
“I got a microscope for my birthday…I found a tiny alien in a birdbath.”
∞ Birds look a bit more like dinosaurs now, don’t they?
“A flying fish landed on my boat last night. I took this quick pic then put it back in the water.”
Pop Culture Happenings
What ever happened to trying to understand the zombie apocalypse, Rick?
When a driverless car crashes into someone, who will be at fault? Google, probably
Engineering whales at New York’s American Museum of Natural History
A 1983 court ruled that the NYT bestseller list is editorial content, not strictly factual.
Try some randomness tonight: Netflix Roulette
Insect spends 2.5 hours trying to climb under piece of popcorn, has existential crisis
∞ My comment policy is similar to John Wayne’s. If you act like a child, you get the river
Game review: I did not enjoy this drowning simulator/advertisement
6,000 years ago, when the Earth was supposedly born, all these people were doing human stuff
Since 1947, less than 25% of people stowing away on airplanes have survived the journey
∞ “Don’t worry, I’m no longer contagious.” Stop it. You have no idea. Stay home.
Artist Courtney Mattison beautifully depicts the destruction of our coral reefs
What’s “Quantum Resonance Spectroscopy”? We don’t know. How did this get published?
WTF, Evolution?! now has a book picked the perfect cover
Even the Last Supper is getting bigger meals over time.