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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.


I have marked my favorite links with a. Enjoy.



Superman Explains Why He Didn’t Destroy Russian Meteor

POW! Teaching Physics with Batman

Screen Shot 2013-03-17 at 5.03.23 PMWhy do we play games?

Mystery of Prince Rupert’s Drop at 130,000 fps

FYI: Nintendo trademarked “It’s on like Donkey Kong,” in 2010. So I owe them like $100

 What your shower settings really say: Mordor<->Arctic Ocean

People forget spiders are just really solid dudes: Poor, misunderstood spiders.

 *Fantastic* fan made Star Wars VII poster is awesome, makes me want to see this movie.

Sure, let’s drop a red hot ball of nickel into wax, because science

Holy sh*t, that is one enormous crocodile, indeed

Write a post critical of “crystal healing,” and you get comments like this

Remember that cheerleader “harmed” from vaccines? Steve Novella clears up the confusion on Inside Edition

33 Stunning Nudibranchs More Colorful Than Nicki Minaj

Watching this Bobtail squid bury itself in the sand is wonderful/relaxing


Dear Hollywood, A Velociraptor Without Feathers Isn’t a Velociraptor

Beautiful classic rendering of some squid and octopus species

 The Power of Swarms Can Help Us Fight Cancer, Understand the Brain, and Predict the Future

FYI: We have found the real Death Star

Watch the video behind this *amazing* NatGeo photograph: Close Encounters of the Giant Kind


Jim Bowie, creator of the Bowie knife, will be the biggest badass you read about today

I’m pretty sure if you keep calling it “the God particle,” Sean Carroll is going to slap you face

It’s a bit dated, but want to see all the 15,000 debris hits the Discovery shuttle has taken in its career?

 Wow. Watch J. Robert Oppenheimer react to seeing the Trinity nuclear test in 1945. “I am become Death”

Could this be, any more detailed? Famous TV Show Home Floor Plans

Questioning the government is critical to society, it’s just that Truthers are wrong, Death Star Truthers that is


When a parasitic fly wishes to lay maggots in your cricket belly, you better evolve silent wings

Does the new Pope believe in evolution? Yes, but there is a (major) caveat

A nice little infographic on all the 1.7 million species we have cataloged so far

Formaldehyde in vaccines, a refutation of a common anti-vaccine trope

Why push back breast cancer screenings? False positives can take a huge mental toll

In the animal kingdom, sometimes you have to share if you want sex

 At the center of the Venn diagram of irrational nonsense lies Scientology

You know you’ve made it when you’re a decorative candle: Hail St. Neil Tyson

Latest health fad, “ionized water,” is positively nonsense

I am really loving these 8bit GIFs of iconic movies. I should make the first one my avatar

Slow-mo+rocket bottles+super-powered laser=A fun video

Surprisingly, there is only one species of KRAKEN!

Um, Neil deGrasse Tyson was *hot* in the 70s (or whenever this was taken)

Want: The snake/salamander robot

Look at this and tell me squid ain’t cute

Love this new lizard species because it looks like something in my old dinosaur coloring book

Got some metal? Got a plasmacutter? Make a batarang!

“Archer” is written by one dude, one very funny dude

Heh. Lesser known uses for Portals

Um, there are *a lot* of near Earth asteroids

 Super slow-mo bridge explosion made my day a bit better

I did the math: in most FPSs, you move at around 60mph. Normal movement is just too slow for crazy shooty hack and slashy goodness.

Debunking the paleo diet: Christina Warinner at TEDxOU

The Bad Astronomer explains the science magic behind that water speaker video

Holy wow: Here’s a golden turtle ant composited from 75 original exposures

 Why can hitting a bird delay a flight? Because the unfortunate fowl can impart 12 tons of force to the fuselage

I found my future wife. She makes dresses out of MTG cards

 New Girl episode “completely botched biological reality” when it brought in lionfish and peeing on jelly stings

XKCD has the definitive Voyager 1 coverage

What if you put Nic Cage’s face on all 151 original Pokemon? There’s a Tumblr for that

The oceanic garbage patch is not “2x the size of Texas,” it’s more like 1% the size of Texas

Check out the gel that “stops bleeding instantly.” This is totally Mass Effect’s medi-gel

Take a second to wow at nature: Giant Squid Beak

Mr. Rogers would have been 85 this week. Learn some stuff about him. “Won’t you be my neighbor?”

 New favorite blog: Thumbs and Ammo. Brilliantly replaces guns in movie stills with thumbs-up

It’s lovely to hear all the birds chirping until you realize you are mostly hearing literal booty calls.

This just in: Giant Asian hornets have cool jumbo hornet anatomy, are terrifying

 If a stereo moved fast enough, you would hear music in reverse!

The photons hitting my face may have taken millions of years to travel from the Sun’s core to my skin. Knowing warms me inside and out.

I really wish I could have taken physics at MIT because of teachers like this

This hafnium is a natural* element, and it is gorgeous

If only you knew that spraying a spider with water would cause a frickin’ worm to explode from its body