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.
This very innovative map shows where you would end up if you drilled through the Earth
∞ So far I have 13 Science on the Vine videos, all archived right here!
Airport runways are built to minimize crosswinds during take offs and landings. This scary video is why
In today’s world, science is uncommon sense.
∞ The Mechanics of the Pull-Up (and Why Women Can Absolutely Do Them)
“Some of the greatest minds in history have tried to deduce the nature of the universe from religious texts, but…”
How Much We Care About Star Wars Over Time [Comic] Spot on
A women’s size zero, from a physicists’ perspective
“Glitch” furniture makes my head hurt, will probably mess up your kid’s visual development
Using YouTube to gauge the size of Earth in the universe
It’s a bit of viral time wasting, but all of these pictures (#6!) are worth a look: 50 perfectly timed photos
∞ Don’t act like you’re not curious: A Survey Of Global Porn Searches [Infographic]
The sound of the “Hypo-Toad” in Futurama is made by playing a recording of a jet engine backwards.
Think of a T-Rex’s posture; you are probably wrong
Best reason to let a baby seal stow away on your kayak? “He looks really sad”
Need a history of trained killer dolphins? Military Dolphins: James Bonds of the Sea
Wow, that thing everyone thinks is shady as hell is shady as hell: The Dark Underbelly of the Miss USA Pageant
∞ Awesome typography elegantly illustrating the work of famous scientists
Science on the Vine: Beer, Beatboxing, Shampoo, and .999 Repeating
Wow, these are some of the best spider photos I have ever seen
∞ SO. COOL. IT HURTS. That’s Neil deGrasse Tyson on the far right. Enjoy.
Antivax billboards aren’t just misleading, they are dangerous
“The only surrounding this chameleon could blend into is a sad clown convention”
NASA’s “CECE” engine stands for “Controlled Explosion Craziness Engine,” I’m pretty sure
∞ Mesmerizing upside-down horseshoe crab GIF
Nothing to fear except fear itself. And bat-eating spiders
The head-rattling evidence is in: Helmets And Mouthguards Don’t Prevent Concussions
Why are we so afraid to run around naked? Maybe because you have so much brain power
This is just *one* globular cluster, look at all the stars
Nintendo NES that is a self-contained system complete with screen? Portable nostalgia
Yeah, I’ll watch Commander Hadfield get a haircut in space. I’ll watch him do anything in space because he is awesome
∞ You have never seen a wasp abdomen like this. Nature can paint like we never could
Science on the Vine: Scissors, Satiation, and Sleepwalking
Swimming With Spacemen: A feature on NASA’s zero-gravity simulating pool
Why most people shouldn’t eat gluten-free. Mistaking eating less crap and feeling better with gluten intolerance
∞ Ever see a dolphin nose-punch another dolphin in mid-air? You’re welcome
Dr. Watson of BBC’s Sherlock *actually* has a blog? Wonderful
The Wisdom-Filled Words of Six Science Equations
Astronaut engineers tape 3 CD players together, create gyroscopically stabilized platform
Umm, Emperor Palpatine in an ultrasound? Sure
Terrible/fascinating/common: Your Neighborhood Pet Poisoner
“Retrograde.” Astrologers keep using that word. I don’t think it means what they think it means
∞ New book (that I want to read) tackles our misguided longing for the cave: “Paleofantasy”
When acupuncture is questioned, proponents respond, but fail to garner the support of science-based medicine
This astronomy picture of the day should be astronomy picture of the year
This snake robot can climb up cylinders, should tempt a robotic Eve
You can die from bug spit poisoning
This video of neurons growing in a tissue culture is the coolest thing you’ll see today
∞ The Elephant’s Ear plant demonstrates the “lotus effect,” or the ability to make water look like that Terminator guy
I’m calling it. It took 12 hours to compare the new Pope to a Sith
Could this be the evolutionary purpose of the placebo effect?
∞ I love when we have “check-mate” experiments to hand creationists: Watching Bodies Evolve
A camera with the right frame rate + a speaker with the right frequency + water = SCIENCE MAGIC
If “real” acupuncture does no better than fake acupuncture, it does. not. work.
Gluten Sensitivity: What Does It Really Mean?
Rest your eyes with this Mediterranean Jelly. Pretttttyyyyy
This monkey won’t leave this dog alone, and enjoys the hell out of it
Iconaster longimanus is Latin for beautiful sea star (not really but yeah)
∞ Life in meteorites? Sounds cool, until you apply the proper skepticism
It would be hard to link modern living to heart disease if we found evidence of it in ancient Egypt…Ohhhh
“Beware the ignorant anger of the anti-scientist – especially those with Facebook”
“Damsel in distress” be damned! Awesome dad hacks Donkey Kong to let his daughter play as the Princess
FYI: A scorpion’s anus is located at the end of its tail
∞ Where do astronauts hang out?
Awesome communist-style propaganda posters for Mario Bros.
WOW. Watch the development of frog from one cell to millions and millions
Very cool: how a Tibetan “singing bowl” works
XKCD has a thought on the myth that bumblebees shouldn’t be able to fly
SPACE PORN: The Colors of Mercury
A Rough Knobtail Gecko, in the process of shedding, is something to see
Watching corn starch in a speaker cone is always a mix of being disturbed and being fascinated
The real question is, why aren’t plants black?
If you tally up all the points awarded on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Wayne Brady wins
Woah, I totally missed this hooker joke in the original Toy Story
∞ Answering “troll physics” and free energy with real physics
Science on the Vine: Winter Colds
∞ A beautiful visualization of the causes of all deaths in the 20th centur