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.
Have a happy new year!
I have marked the best links with a ∞. Enjoy.
How a leaf-cutter ant colony is a cow, and fungi are its guts
A fascinating tale of what happens after you are decapitated
Piecing together the eating habits of sabertooth cats based on their characteristic chompers
∞ The underground, quantum alchemist that is the earthworm
The *masters* of disguise are squishy and intelligent
∞ Okay, I *love* spiders, and even I’m a bit terrified by this video of a self-burying spider
∞ This birds of paradise footage is *jaw-dropping*. “A miracle of evolution” indeed
I could lick 245 iPhones and get the same calories as a BigMac
I recommend the “murmation” and “induction ring” videos: Top 10 science videos of 2012
∞ This. is. incredible. LRV on the Moon – Apollo 16 – HD Video Stabilized. How do you react to a horizon of black?
More so the latter–A Real-Time Singing MRI Holiday Greeting/Nightmare Fodder
The Earth is round, here’s 10 examples of how we know
These illusions will blow your darn mind
∞ It amazes the hell out of me that these pictures are real
Ventriloquists don’t “throw” their voice: your brain misperceives where the voice is coming from and concludes that a dummy must be speaking.
If you are simultaneously able to process dairy and a creationist, add another contradiction to the list. We evolved lactose tolerance.
The Obscure Animal Alphabet: Axolotl to Zebu
“For many animals, virgin birth is far from a miraculous event.” Interesting and pretty gallery
All that “exhaust” during a shuttle launch? It’s really water vapor boiled away from a tank meant to absorb sound waves and prevent fires.
∞ “A recent Canadian report shows no systematic, empirical proof that organic food is purer, tastier or more nutritious.”
You can drown on dry land: in your own blood, produced by a pulmonary edema brought on by a funnel-web spider bite.
All the best science stuff of 2012 in one infographic
Almost impossible to separate the strands: Relationships Among Scientific Paradigms
∞ An important comic about what schizophrenia is, and what it is not
This is what 33 tons of water breaking out of a shark tank looks like
Beautiful time lapse photos of naked people dancing [SFW]
Sparklers have enough fuel in them to burn underwater
The evolution of our ideas, in comic form
This photo of the veil nebula should be on a MTG card. So hauntingly beautiful…
∞ You have never seen a shuttle launch like this. Dreams of the last frontier enveloped in a cloud of obscuring vapor.
This is everything Bart Simpson has ever written on the chalkboard
Have you ever seen a Mandarin fish? Goodness they are pretty
Let this panorama of mountain observatories sink in, sink in
∞ Imagine yourself as a useful little enzyme and play this game! And beat it, or else incur my derision.
The design of this website is brilliant: The True Cost of an iPhone
When the atmosphere conspires to be an AT-AT
A suitably weird GIF to end your Christmas. “Santa, You Son of a Bitch”
These minimalist philosophy posters need to be in my bedroom
This is probably the secret location of Santa’s secret present fortress
You’re the standard candle of cuteness #nerdlove
Cosmic Sans: best font? nerdiest font? both?
There was some resistance at first, but eventually I showed her my Ohm-face. #nerdlove
Zombie Iron Man cosplay is the best cosplay
The 11 rules of computer hacking that movies make up
If you like weird indie games, and Skrillex, enjoy this for a while
Cooool. 8-bit minimalist movie posters
∞ Artist takes her illustration for biology class to a whole other level. WOW
You can never have enough brainbows
Italian city gets all philosophical, bans round goldfish bowls because it gives them a “warped view of reality”
Andrew Wakefield gets “lifetime achievement in quackery” for being a dishonest broken of children harm
Look in awe at these space photos while the hourglass nebula watches you
Tweeps in this week’s linkfest: @edyong209 @laelaps @carlzimmer @jtotheizzoe @aatishb @mocost