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
The problem with positive thinking is that it doesn’t work
This vampire frog flies
We get a nasty flu virus every year, and now how we assume Ebola works is biased
How does the current Ebola outbreak stack up against our virus-laden past?
“The Hot Zone” and the mythos of Ebola
One Ebola patient treated in a U.S. hospital will generate eight 55-gallon barrels of medical waste a day
Artist Sita Navas turned Master Chief and The Arbiter into Aztec gods
In which Veritasium shows us that part of Panem is powered by Lord Kelvin’s Thunderstorm
∞ Why build a 10-trillion watt laser? To see what Star Wars blaster bolts would look like duh
Science for the cat-haters out there (even though felines have possibly brain-controlling parasites in them)
Neuroscientists speak out: Brain training games don’t work
“For 50 years, the dinosaur was just a pair of arms.” Until now!
We’re in the middle of the next great extinction. What fossils will be left?
Researchers have developed a smart skate that measures the crazy forces on figure skaters
∞ We used to be baffled about bird migrations. No seriously…we thought they went to the Moon
Facebook is the patient zero of spreading rumors online, and there’s little we can do to stop it
Your smooth jazz was missing nudibranchs and you didn’t even know it
Why it’s important to film orcas with a drone
There are about 117 million lakes on Earth bigger than an Olympic swimming pool
The biggest spider is only “puppy-sized” if you’re talking about a baby chihuahua before it’s a week old
What is the farthest from Earth that any Earth thing has died?
∞ I ain’t got no phasmophobia, and psychology is why
1. Drone racing is a thing. 2. Do it in a forest and it looks like Endor
Redditor mocha820 says Commander Shepard’s kill count is 5,667 and has the details to prove it
We’ve put a combined 684,000 years into online Halo pwnage
∞ Incredibly impressed that the black hole physics we’ll see in Interstellar represent new scientific knowledge
Silence of the Lambs, in 8-bit creepiness
The best zombie weapon might be four-legged and furry. Bears. It’s bears.
∞ One company has finally made a prototype hoverboard, but how McFly is it?
Sciencey GIFs and Images
∞ Artist Eleanor Lutz is back with another gorgeous animated infographic about breathing
For the next time you worry about an object passing between the Earth and our moon
C’mon fellas. You don’t wear XXXXL
Play around with this delightful fluid mechanics simulator for hours
∞ Paris-based photographer Bertrand Kulik finds a spider “fixing” a leaf
Your reminder that we train military dolphins
Base-jumping with a slingshot and a GoPro just because
Redditor Noedel captures the simple joy of a floating island illusion
The evolutionary trap for polar bears that is the adorable seal pup hat
Imaging the giant solar flare that happened earlier this week
Long exposure shot from the ISS makes Earth a light highway
∞ Have you ever seen a waterfall flow upwards?
Your reminder that giant anteater legs look like pandas
These illusions still break my brain
Dealing with infectious disease like a boss
Male butterfly wafting pheromones at a female in glorious slo-mo
I love watching the thermal profile of an F1 tire change as the brakes are slammed on
The winners of the Society of Biology‘s third annual photography contest
The chameleon’s evolutionary trap is a stream of water
Pop Culture Happenings
Don’t shine a laser at any aircraft, but especially a police helicopter, as they can totally see you
If Picasso could only see the looping paintings of Drew Tyndell
Make-up artist Eva Senín Pernas has awesomely spooky lipstick designs
∞ You must watch this gorgeous short about harvesting marble. It’s like conducting a stone orchestra
Incredibly impressed by this auto-math app
You can make your own delightfully terrifying polygonal paper masks on the cheap
“Ratings creep” has made the distinction between PG-13 and R meaningless