I have dug through the Internet this week and uncovered all this science/pop culture goodness. You can find the hundreds of links from previous weeks here.
I was at a skeptic conference all weekend, curtailing the number of this week’s links. However, I live-tweeted the hell out of it. You can check out a blow-by-blow of the conference via my 140-characters reactions here.
I have marked the best links with a ∞. Enjoy.
∞ Updated: More fact checking of tonight’s MythBusters episode, because I have that kind of time:
∞ Scientists defend safety of genetically modified foods. Good points here
Fascinating angle to intelligence: If Intelligence Is the Norm, Stupidity Gets More Interesting
Worlds are colliding! How StarCraft emulates real insect biology
October’s Live Manga Doodles!
∞ Good evening. Let’s learn about the soul
∞ 5 Reasons not to cleanse your colon
Good morning! Here’s a scholarly post about penises
The things we do to mice: Genetically engineering mice to sniff out landmines
Sex addiction might make it into the next DSM, so what are the (non-obvious) symptoms?
∞ Could the world switch over to solely Yoda force power?
Poop as a mobile cooling unit, and dung beetle mittens
Would cows need less food if they photosynthesized? XKCD answers
Parasitic wasps, aphids, and their bacterial protectors
Dealing with unrealistic cancer patient optimism is “hard”
A classic skeptical principle: What makes us see Jesus in a taco, or a human face on Mars?
TIL that urine isn’t sterile, or, wash your damn hands
Reduced to rubble in 6 days–Watch an underwater sea lice mob devour a dead pig from the inside out
MTV’s Sway Just Asked Obama the Climate Question Everyone’s Been Waiting For
I rather love this post explaining why The Avengers was really Black Widow and Friends.
When a fellow humanist dies, we don’t offer hollow consolations. We value the completion of his or her ultimate goal: to simply be human.–For Paul Kurtz
The U.S. ranks 50th in erection length, and other fun ways to quantify the not #1 status of America
“The l’Aquila verdict is absurd, but *please* stop saying they’re being jailed for not predicting an earthquake”
What’s scarier than zombies? Not getting vaccinated. Anti-vaxxers would rather embrace the zombie horde [Image]
Using very clever FX, you can create dry-ice gas giant planets!
∞ The evolution of the “raptor” suit from Jurassic Park is awesome to watch, even after all these years
This is a baby anteater. I’ll take credit for your inevitable smile
Explaining binary fission with awkward kisses and tandem biking
On a foggy night, with a green laser pointer, you can become a flippin’ Jedi
∞ Best slideshow I’ve seen in ever. Marketers take note “There is no audience for what we make”
The worst way to die? Probably
Holy crap that’s some good pencilin’
This photo series of “Robots at Work and Play” is delightful
Start your day right; with cat adorableness