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 have marked my favorite links with a ∞. Enjoy.
If we want to communicate vaccine safety effectively we need to consider the whole message, especially the pictures
Brian Dunning responds to the “pop tripe” commonly levied against fast food
∞ In which I enlisted Neil deGrasse Tyson’s help to calculate how Thor flies. The God of Thunder, And Momentum
You test the idea that an aphid falls like a cat with petroleum jelly, apparently
Things Learned as a Field Biologist #222 “You will most definitely, at some point, defecate in the forest”
∞ Now you know the truth: Spiderman jizzes on everyone
The last thing you might think about in a thunderstorm: “Hey, there’s a billion pounds of water over my head”
∞ An enlightening post on depression and the way life throws sparks at your “kindled” mind
“Weigh every termite and it’s 10x the mass of all humans. It makes me think that this book isn’t totally accurate.”
∞ Try not to tear up while watching this: Before We Found Our Way by Carl Sagan. What a beautiful writer
Can you fold space-time…with a music box?
I am definitely going to check out this film with Dawkins and Krauss, The Unbelievers
The scientific cure for HIPSTER, Unpretentiousil
If this nanotech coating is legit, it should legitimately blow your mind
∞ This astronaut can sing, and it’s lovely. The first song composed and recorded in space
Flexible paper sculptures are weird/awesome (that skull legitimately freaked me out)
If you haven’t seem nitrogen snow and ice before, check this out
If you happened to miss the conversation between William Shatner and the ISS earlier you can find it here
Wait. The universe actually looks like this? Wow
This is how you wash your hands in space
Professor teaches you how to make a supersonic pingpong ball gun. You know, for totally not evil purposes
∞ “If you want to call ‘natural’ what happens in nature, then homosexual sex is as common as straight sex”
Walking on the moon is nuts. Driving on the moon is also nuts. Video proof
Watch this wonderful short film called Stardust. It’s lovely, and the animation is fantastic
Who doesn’t want a beautiful GIF of what Jupiter actually looks like
∞ Almost every single expert agency concludes that wireless and EMF exposure is NOT harmful to anyone
Does every species get a billion heartbeats per lifetime?
FYI: That spider bite you think you have is probably not a spider bite
Sean Carroll on “the embarrassment” of quantum mechanics. I really like how he clears up “observation”
Do NOT take medical advice from the New York Times Magazine
Sometimes cooling something can make it explode
Why are there no left-handers in China?
The Journal of Autism and Developmental disorders says that Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes have Asperger’s, apparently
You will probably never beat the bandwidth of FedEx
∞ If you haven’t seen a photo/video of a crocodile attacking an elephant’s trunk, read this
The myth that you can burn a lot of calories with sex
“If I toss a coin, but hide the result every time it comes up tails…in medicine, it’s accepted as the norm.”
A boatload of science-themed tweets about the SuperBowl
The last day at the Hyrule bottle factory [Comic]
Heh. How Microwaves works [Comic]
How do you help a bunch of baby bears trapped in a dumpster? Throw in a ladder and drive away quickly
I don’t understand it one bit, but the full evolutionary history of Pokemon is fun to look at
If each friend in Friends drank at least one 12 oz coffee per episode, then in total they drank nearly half a metric ton of coffee.
You probably need a boost today. You probably need to see this GIF
Alexander Semenov does the best underwater photography in the world in my mind. Here’s some of his starfish
The fake science probability problem set. I love this tumblr
∞ The Deepak Chopra random quote generator
This “Things Fitting Perfectly Into Other Things” Tumblr is exactly what you think it is
“There is no nature to return to. We are already here.”
You can’t even look at this full map of the Star Trek universe without thinking, “Man people love that show”
With just one click and BAM, you’re an artist
∞ If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you? Yeah, probably
Cover up the middle, the animation speeds up. Cover up the sides and it slows down. Head. hurts.
Feel like being weirded out/mesmerized by some GIFs?
A comic about video games responds to the charge against violent video games WITH GRAPHS
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