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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
Why 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