Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 50

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

Mermaid purses are weird

An ancient battle between our DNA and meningitis–microscopic iron thieves

Why Do We Want to Bite Cute Things?

“I’ll prove to you this thing is loaded!” Men more likely to win a Darwin Award

How did the spider cross the road (without setting foot on it)?

Explore 100,000 articles of Wikipedia like a galaxy

The cutest, weirdest little amphisbaenian you’ve ever seen

Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational US Navy laser station

The Demon Core: A plutonium sphere that killed two scientists in eerily similar accidents

Mondegreens: The science of misheard lyrics

Water on Earth probably didn’t come from comets. Thanks Rosetta!

Study: 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic in our oceans

Corrective vaccine information can make people *less* likely to get vaccinated

Why do animals play?

Watch an amazing animation of near-Earth asteroid discovery over the last 30 years

The baby birds that evolved to mimic *caterpillars* to deter predators

How a tarantula builds a trapdoor lid on its burrow

The giant vacuum that sucks prairie dogs out of their holes is surprisingly well-outfitted for comfort

Putting a spacesuit in an MRI to prevent a drowning in space

Making sense of the tangled mess that is our galaxy’s magnetic field

Mars looks like it was better suited for life than we thought

Europe is getting greener

Making a mini plasma cutter and filming it at 2500 FPS

Prosopometamorphopsia: A condition that visually distorts faces. For one woman, faces morphed into dragons

Los Angeles after maximum sea level rise

Dogs lap up liquid at 8G

Is NASA going to let Hubble burn?

 

Extreme Nerdery

The Office: Middle Earth

How zombies might migrate, mathematically

Comparative morphology of popular xkcd characters

Every episode of every Star Trek series, ranked

A TIE fighter crashes on the highway, waits for AAA

How sound designer Ben Burtt made the Millennium Falcon’s hyperdrive malfunction sound

What would happen all of the rivers in the US were instantly frozen in the middle of the summer?

You didn’t know your dinner table was missing physics until you saw this

What do real swordsmen think of the Star Wars trisaber?

How does Smaug breathe fire?

That’s no small moon…

Superman can throw around a few quintillion tons. The Hulk is The Hulk. Who wins?

A captain Picard Christmas carol

 

Sciencey GIFs and Images

That thing where you saw a rubber band ball in half

The “blue” square in this rainbow is the same color as the square on the bottom

If the floor really was lava, you could step on it

The bow shock of an aerodynamically unstable tank shell

Wait, is everyone gone? Time to be people

A nimble predator, the cat steps gingerly onto the next branch…nevermind

An upside down humpback whale is one of the most majestic things

Fights on the Internet

A violent sun

On the Cheviot summit in the UK, whipping wind makes ice art

One of my very favorite MythBusters moments: The beautiful physics of relative velocity

Nothing but net. And otter.

If you’re wondering whether Cthulhu lives in the deep ocean or not. It does. It’s a bigfin squid

Walking on clear ice

Why your grocery cart’s wheels are always messed up

They’re learning

Cartoon laser physics

Winter nerd level 100

Humbolt squid just want to say hi. Also, don’t get close enough for them to say hi.

Fluid mechanics makes an ice spiral in a lazy river

When a spider actively uses its web as a snare

Clever: Reverse the melting of a snowflake and it looks like it’s growing

Fun animation of the assembly of the ISS

Fire + dust devil + tumbleweeds = magic

Show aliens this jet engine test and maybe they will work with us after first contact

A lit match up-close is a bubbling planet surface

That thing where your boat hits a log that is actually a recently-fed anaconda

 

Pop Culture Happenings

Latest bizarre pseudo-diet: “Bulletproof coffee”

This 8-foot long, 27-pound gummy python is 12 pounds of sugar alone

Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site

Hollywood’s resident cougar is looking well

A tumblr of beautiful satellite images made specifically for a phone’s background

What else has improved in Uncharted 4 besides the graphics? Drake’s climbing technique

A University of Sheffield independent student newspaper on Cumberbatch’s engagement

The richest man in Russia bought James Watson’s Nobel prize just so he could return it

Never waste a good Pyramid Head outfit if it’s foggy in your town

A parable of how small biases can segregate society using polygons

Discovery Channel is Getting Eaten Alive for Eaten Alive

Online. Spirograph.

Do you really want to build a snowman?

Over the last 2 years, Grumpy Cat has made more money than Will Smith, Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer Anniston combined

Tyson Boop

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