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
New periodic charts with have a 117th element: “ununseptium”
∞ “And so it seems that in perpetually dangerous Australia, even the sex can kill you.”
The Baltimore “sinkhole” was actually a landslide, because geology
Parasites can indeed be a cuisine, depending on how you feel about lampreys…
Do you even know what you’re saying? Depends on if a psychologist is messing with you
From now on, use your middle initial, or make one up: One letter makes you seem smarter
Birds chirping in Chernobyl adapting to low doses of radiation
∞ You can see the eyes of this jumping spider move inside of its head
Your “lip dimple” betrays how your face formed
Physics, not aliens, is the best explanation for pyramid construction
The fork-tailed drongo is a lying bird that cries wolf for food
“Shock therapy” isn’t what it looks like in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. It’s actually safe and effective
Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean you’re not being followed…by hundreds of sharks
∞ New species of spider is a “flic-flacker”–a cartwheeling arachnid
These fish learned to use a tool, so should we re-think tool use?
On this exoplanet, you’d have a birthday every 122 Earth days
Your subconscious Rock-Paper-Scissors strategy is a lot more complicated than you think
“I’ve fallen through the side of a whale up to my chest…It’s not very nice.” A Brief History of Exploding Whales
Genes code for life, but where do new genes come from? Mutation!
∞ How many things are there in the universe? It’s really the thoughts that count
Why is ketchup so hard to pour? It’s non-Newtonian! You know, like blood.
This sponge absorbs its prey like The Thing
∞ It is amazing how well this works! How to See Without Glasses
The moon in Majora’s Mask didn’t have enough energy to destroy anything, Link you stupid kid
The Danish get slo-mo. Put 20 crazy things in one video and set it to weird music
∞ You never did a barrel roll in Star Fox 64. You’re welcome.
Bioshock Infinite’s floating city of Colombia recreated in Minecraft
Peter Parker and Clark Kent: Very Unethical Journalists
Before anything explodes, my nerdiest whale science: Costanza and the Whale
∞ What the nerdiest chart of sci-fi ships says about our dreams of space
This is what Spider-Man’s wrist launcher would really look like (cumbersome)
Explaining the science behind a very satisfying Game of Thrones poisoning
∞ xkcd answers a little girl’s question about building a billion-floor skyscraper. Brilliant science communication
A quick overview of the new science of memes. Y U NO READ?
This is where the words we use for the universe come from
The legends were true! There was a landfill filled with Atari games during the “video game crash”
Sciencey GIFs and Images
Incredible photo of Iran from the ISS. This is land, not water!
The only person ever hit by an asteroid: Ann Hodges in 1954
How space debris has increased over time. Thanks Chinese satellite impacts
∞ Science GIF Hall of Fame Inductee #004: An octopus trying to not walk like an octopus
∞ I’ll take a dog-sized cat that could easily kill me over a dog any day
The latest pale blue dot is Uranus from Saturn
10 gifs of animals trying to get the hell away from that approaching deep sea sub
Brooded juveniles in Japanese Bathynomus
Atmospheric pressure can make a kick-ass koi pond installation if you know how to manipulate it
Science fiction has predictive power because science really works
∞ Giant anteater legs are pandas
A tornado, touching down almost motionless, is terrifying
∞ One of the very coolest things I have ever seen: Workers lighting an oil well on fire
This is how a particle actually moves on ocean waves, despite what you may have heard
I don’t know why anyone is throwing this much electricity at a CD, but I don’t really care
The flight physics of a knuckleball are really, really weird
Pop Culture Happenings
Alright. Call of Duty with Kevin Spacey looks pretty damn cool, you got me
Artist Adam Lister paints 8-bit watercolor paintings of pop culture
Seeing the “Baltimore landslide” eat half a block of cars is legitimately scary
∞ You Know Those Cheesy Thrift Shop Paintings? This Guy Adds Monsters to Them
Keep in mind that if “chemtrails” were a thing, there would be millions of planes spraying the skies
http://Gizoogle.net Just try it.
Wildlife photographer David Yarrow’s pictures of Kenya are amazing
“Mosquito Week” at Bill Gates’s blog urges us to focus on the animals that actually kill people
Monowheels: The coolest deathtrap on one wheel
GRR Martin says he’d rather have us killing like the Dothraki than drones. I think he sounds horrifying
Chernobyl’s “sarcophagus” needed to be replaced with the biggest moveable structure ever built