I have dug through the Internet this week and uncovered all this science/pop culture goodness. You can find the thousands of links from previous weeks here.
I have marked the my favorite links with a ∞. Enjoy.
Arguing the semantics of eating brains: Why the Zombie Apocalypse Wouldn’t Happen
Meet the “perfect” virus you’ve probably had which makes you violently sick at both ends. By Carl Zimmer.
∞ The pseudoscience of energy drinks, or how it’s all caffeine and expensive pee
My favorite effect in the cosmos: Gravitational Lensing is the Coolest
A story about the public health scourge that was leaded gasoline, and how we ignored it by Deborah Blum
∞ Amazing piece: The Cold Hard Facts of Freezing to Death (except for the heat through the head myth)
On the purposely slow plod of science, and how it’s hard to accept when your little girl is sick by Virginia Hughes
Why our human ankles shouldn’t preclude us (or our ancestors) from taking to the trees by Ed Yong.
∞ ”Most erections reach an internal pressure of 100 torr–comparable to a boa constrictor suffocating its prey.”
∞ My workshop from TAM2012 is finally up! An Introduction to Critical Thinking: Science and Skepticism 101
World’s most useless machine is also its most addictive
What it looks like when a polar bear wants to eat you
Deepak Chopra answers a physics professor asking why his explanation of quantum mechanics is so “misleading.” Great comments
∞ Motorbikes, Terrorism, Heart Attacks, Sausages: A great TEDx talk on chance and risk
This is what it would actually look like if you saw Superman zoom past you, and it is awesome
Cold winter, cuddle up with a cuttlefish video
The Scientific Hangover “Cure.” You’re welcome.
∞ I think I prefer fireworks in reverse
Here’s some video of a vomiting robot that scientists use re: the norovirus
A fun science demo you can do with your kids to prove that in space no one can hear you scream
Keep a spoon in champagne, if you like to think things that don’t work work
Is it OK to drink while pregnant? That’s hard to say, the science is complicated, but better safe than sorry
I am biased to love studies about bias: The “End of History Illusion”
∞ A bit of risk communication: What Should You Really Be Afraid Of? [Infographic]
Does true photographic memory exist? Meh
How long does it take to form a habit?
∞ Sick of leap seconds? Hit the Earth with 50,000 asteroids a second | XKCD
Bridging the Zap: High-voltage water threads, how do they work?
Screw alternative medicine, use circadian rhythms to beat jet lag!
Convection currents make your beer bubbles run down the glass. Get drunk and test it
∞ A skeptical take on skeptics of the BMI by Benjamin Radford
Why BMI is not a critique of body image. A response to the Skepchicks by Sara Mayhew.
Turns out that (at least for subjects) holding a gun biases you into thinking others have guns too. Escalation anyone?
∞ What changes the mind of the activist who basically started the anti-GMO movement? “Discovering science.” Brave/welcome
As with “theory,” Brian Dunning importantly distinguishes between the various meanings of “consensus”
Soon, the Inuit will have 50 words for grass.
∞ *Hadouken facepalm* The 10 Dumbest Things Fox Said About Climate Change In 2012
I Can’t Stop Looking at All These 2012 Photos of Some Super-Cool Dude Named Barack Obama
Don’t trust the man behind the curtain. The best evidence clearly contradicts Dr. Oz. Consistently.
Age-otori (Japanese): To look worse after a haircut–25 Handy Words That Don’t Exist in English
A doctor who sees the results of gun violence everyday breaks his silence
FACT: You do not want to get so drunk on a flight that you end up like this guy
Sure-fire way to alcohol poisoning: Drink each time you have to use air quotes while explaining “Ancient Aliens” to someone.
A quick lesson and reminder on confusing correlation with causation
A real study with a title and figure you won’t believe graces academia
William Shatner tweeted at an astronaut—and the astronaut responded with a Star Trek joke
This guy has some crazy-good intuitive physics. Sweet “gravity glue” art
I’ll let Peter Griffin make fun of chiropractors so I don’t have to
Have you ever seen young Christopher Walken and Scarlett Johansson in the same place at the same time? #justsaying
∞ In which an Army officer instructs soldiers on how to fight an invasion of giant ants. Great read by PZ Myers.
“Kicking the bucket” is more macabre than you think: it’s derived from kicking a bucket out from under you to hang yourself.
Crazy creepy: ALIEN facehuggers made out of animal bones
Very nice: 2012 Told Through Twitter
∞ All the Batman actors morphed together (West/Bale/Clooney/Kilmer/Keaton) makes someone who *actually* looks like Wayne
Bill Nye capturing the essence of how I think about science
Find out what is directly on the other side of the Earth from where you are. If you’re in the US, you’re swimming
Every single person in the US is on this map as a dot
Efficient fishing? Catch a small shark to catch a larger shark
The spotted deer is amazing and I literally could not find the snipe: Awesome animal camouflage
Using behavioral conditioning to solve noise pollution with kamikaze animals | XKCD
Syphilis can basically give you monster teeth
∞ Well, this hits home.
Tweeps in this week’s linkfest: @saramayhew @carlzimmer @virginiahughes @edyong209 @Myrmecos @btradford @jtotheizzoe @BrianDunning @pzmyers @ChirurgeonsAppr @deborahblum