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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.

This week we went through the aftermath of hurricane Sandy and the US election. Many links focus on the election and its ramifications, but there is still plenty of science for you to absorb.

I have marked the best links with a. Enjoy.

Must Read

Some thoughts on tonight and what it means for science in society | The Power of Math and the “Wizardry” of Nate Silver

As always, some great skeptical work here: To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse | Brian Dunning

BPA, Chemophobia, and ‘Single Study Syndrome’–Long but very important, a must read

I have never seen such humility from believers, great skepticism | UFO enthusiasts admit the truth may not be out there

Believers, skeptics and face recognition | Inoculated Against Illusion-Skeptics and Face-Pareidolia

Must Watch

Can we predict everything? Quantum mechanics again ruins our everyday determinism

When you die, beetles will strip you to your bones. Or you could just watch that happen to an owl

I am definitely doing this cool science trick, “the traveling flame,” at Thanksgiving [Video]

Colbert provides some good skepticism in last night’s segment on “Wind Turbine Syndrome” [Video]


Millions fewer taking multivitamins, not because of the lack of benefits, but because of cost. Good skepticism here

I take it upon myself to do a bit of MythBusters fact checking [again] The time I have on my hands…

“Prop. 37 is predicated on junk science and blind, simplistic mistrust of multinational corporations”

The microbial jungle that is your belly button, a swarming pool of “species”

Delicate ferocity: Crocodile jaws are more sensitive than human fingertips

How We Die (in the UK) [Infographic]

How likely would it be to have all 9 battleground states tied? XCKD and some fascinating unit conversion

The burden of skepticism is partly cataloging new logical fallacies | The “Appeal to Monsanto”

10 Questions to Distinguish Real from Fake Science

Need a clearer answer? Did climate change contribute to Sandy? Yes

Why do dogs kick their legs when you scratch them? Because we are irritating their nerves!

Your butt and your health will thank you: Fighting a sedentary lifestyle 

Insects aren’t really romantic, especially with those “stabbycockdaggers” and all

A list of animals by number of neurons you ask? Sure

Prop 37 Loses, Scientists Cheer | Scientific American Blog Network

Why Do Bug Bites Make Me Itch?

Pop Culture

“Nate Silver’s foresight is 20/20” and 30 other of my favorite #natesilverfacts

Heh. There’s a Tumblr full of sad white people for mourning Mitt Romney’s loss

Everyone likes *amazing* Joker cosplay, right?

Fascinating: How Obama’s reelection campaign wielded a nerd hammer of data  (66,000 sims a night!?)

Climate science is Nate Silver and U.S. politics is Karl Rove

Why Daylight Savings Time should go the way of the Dodo

Very proud of my state–Tammy Baldwin is the second biggest story of the night [Election night]#progress

“When we forget the partisan bickering and political bullshit, we can actually accomplish things…a remarkable lesson.”—Jon Stewart

Can I get in on that? Barack Obama: Four more years. [The most tweeted and most liked picture in history]

“Without stoking ignorant fears about GM food, there would be no way to mobilize against Monsanto and what it stands for.”

A win for math, numeracy, statistics. Nate Silver is not an oracle, just a rigorous statistician. The power of science-based thinking.

The tribal human that I am can’t help but to post this knock on Romney

I feel 47% bad for Mitt Romney.

Please be real…Exit polls show Obama leading among Big Birds.

Dear President Obama: Congratulations! But now we have some science we need to talk about

BREAKING: Evidence win race for best way to predict elections. Wishful Thinking, Denial make concession speeches.

Polling place too far away? Astronauts in the ISS somehow still vote, so move your ass


Neil deGrasse Tyson on “Intelligent Design” [Image]

Dealing with twin myths and producing cute kids | Mad Art Lab

Seeing evolution in everything-Natural (s)election posters

Cuttlefish or bust!

The squid: pretty creature, or prettiest creature?

DEMOCRACY! [I voted] (Photobombed by Canadian love interest Sara Mayhew)

Best blog comment this week:

You are so wrong. I just googled it.


What’s the best way to put this? Artist creates taxidermied insect army with waaaay too much time on his hands

Hey geeks, do you recognize all your sci-fi spaceship ABCs?

I think this election cycle had us all feeling pretty close to this: Poll Watching | XKCD

Here is an x-ray of a dude playing a trumpet. Yep

Fascinatingly, the old definition of “placebo” basically meant Will Ferrell’s character in Wedding Crashers

What term precedes a spike in searches for “hangover”? “Vodka,” one day earlier

Frequentists versus Bayesians–XKCD. Bayes is at the heart of good skeptical reasoning

The first scientific paper published under a pseudonym, and another entry in the “best figure ever”

David Dobbs taught me how to write better with the help of Led Zeppelin, and more

A terraced Chinese rice field is something to behold. Really

Happy Carl Sagan Day! (Nov. 9th) I’ll help you celebrate with a ton of links to great star stuff

A skeptical couple watches “Ancient Aliens” (that’s my “WTF” face)

The effect of education on voting trends

NASA’s new view of the Earth blocking the Sun is *wonderful*

Reddit potentially saves a life after a man jokes about his positive pregnancy test

This 26 Pound 36,000 Calorie Gummy Python Will Probably Kill You