I have dug through the Internet this week and uncovered all this science/pop culture goodness. You can find the thousands of links from previous weeks here.
I have marked my favorite links with a ∞. Enjoy.
These are classic movies scenes styled with Ottoman motifs. Awesome art
∞ Coincidences are meaningful, just not like that
More than 1/2 of Justin Beiber’s followers are fake or inactive, meaning that I can no longer worship as a Belieber
∞ After 25 years, I finally got my hands the coroner’s report for Bernie Lomax. He did not have a good weekend.
Giving space to Andrew Wakefield on MMR isn’t balance, it’s lunacy. This is so important.
∞ Why the T. rex’s roar from Jurassic Park probably would have turned on an alligator
The mustached maestro of science communication shows you how to sleep in space
∞ If you shoot for the Moon, miss, and expect to land among the stars, you have failed twice. Because science.
Concrete is crazy good in compression stress: watch a cylinder take 1.6 million pounds. Not so good in tensile stress
A game of Pac-Man done completely with students in auditorium seats
The easiest way to get to BioShock’s Rapture is via this optical illusion
The Magicicada (obviously a combination of Magic and Cicada) is about to reemerge after 17 years to swarm your face
∞ Da Vinci Day manga drawings. Get yours! I did!
Animated map shows how quickly the US got fat. Real fat, real quick
BPA Bottles Harm Babies? Only If You Batter Them With One, Says Top British Scientist
Bald Eagles are so named because ‘balde’ is an Old English word meaning ‘white.’ Also, ‘MURICA!
Apparently, these Nomura jellies are choking Japan’s waterways, as you may be able to see
In case you wanted to feel small and insignificant (and amazing) today
To catch a bedbug: Stabbed feet edition
∞ This is a GIF of how you “win” the classic game Snake, it’s mesmerizing
“The body of evidence tying gut bacteria to obesity is growing fatter.”
Will decreasing your phone’s brightness save battery? Physics time!
Sam Harris responds to his critics
The scientific explorers of our time, as Game of Thrones houses
Create an electrically charged scratch and those little polystyrene beads will flock to it!
What was in those old snake oil remedies? Today’s supplements are safer, but some are still bogus
Yes, those Mars panoramas are wonderful, but don’t forget about the Moon
When you’re growing up with a scientist for a mom, she’s a bit skeptical of ghost hunters
∞ Have you ever looked at a cat tongue up close? Like really up close? It’s amazing
On why the Up Goer Five challenge is only useful if you want to talk to preschoolers
I wowed loud enough to scare my cat: 250.000.000 particles animated Mandelbulb
Guess what? I got a fever. And the only prescription, is nothing because mild fevers are a natural response of the immune system!
WOW. The massive solar flare’s composite image
Some papercraft this weekend? Make your own *sweet* Aperture business card!
This is a dubstep remix of the lost woods theme from Zelda, because nostalgia and ear bleeding
Watch some juggernauts of science communication communicate about science
∞ Ahh, to live in the 1800s and be a naturalist with crazy artistic skills
Science on the Vine: Human Frame Rate
Science on the Vine: Antimatter Beer
Why do we have deserts? It’s all a lot of hot air
I can’t make heads or tails of it, but I have to admire the detail of this Star Wars galaxy map
A fairly definitive infographic on time travel in movies
Build your own air-powered Star Trek “whoosh” doors
This photo of a drowned ant is much prettier than one burned by a magnifying glass, for sure
It would probably be terrifying to accidentally reel a tiger shark towards your kayak…Oops
I can distill this popular “Science of 6-Packs” story into two words: eat less
Classic scifi and superheroes styled as Native American art
We are mostly empty space, so can ultra cramped cities save the Earth?
This little clip on free will sums up the problem rather nicely. How do we make sense of ourselves in this framework?
This poor woman can’t handle all the science. It’s just too much.
Split second science: Could you tweet from the summit of Mt. Everest? Yes.
∞ What’s the worst thing that can happen in a pressure cooker? Science
A foundation of good scientific skepticism: How Bayes’ Rule Can Make You A Better Thinker
If the world was sectioned into parts with 1 billion people
Yep, Japanese respond to “Vadering” with fake Quidditch
Will we ever communicate telepathically? Less Professor X, more Spider-Man
“When I was a kid, there are two things I wanted badly and never got… A real dog and a Kenner AT-AT Walker.”
Trying to make sure all these circles are not actually one line hurts my tender cortex
You need to see this blue-ringed octopus, because pretty
You don’t want to go to work tomorrow, so take a second to smile with this GIF
∞ Brain Games Are Bogus. Some great scientific skepticism here
Science writing tip: Be the cat behind the door. Sound like you need to be on the other side; someone will notice your little paw underneath.
∞ This comic illustration of Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot is *fantastic*
I had three beers before having this quiz thrust upon me, but I still guessed 40% of the elements in 10min. Beat me!
Science on the Vine: Climbing Friction
For Homeopathy Awareness week, this old Ars Technica feature is still painfully relevant
Science on the Vine: Cat Purrs
“In fact, the brain’s ability to change is nothing remarkable because the brain is *people*.” This blew my person
A checklist to tell if you are hearing about a new android phone or a condom
Jesus hyena is not as forgiving as regular Jesus
Scientists now channeling the Drake equation to find out if Mars is habitable
This isn’t science journalism, but it still makes people curious about science
Science on the Vine: Your Acceleration Sense
∞ Can you make a circular periodic table of the elements? 1949 LIFE magazine says yes
First bear to receive brain surgery looks pretty sad, but thankfully gets relief
Photography project focusing on garbage collected from the ocean. It floats for years and still remains
New genus of striped bat is the prettiest of the flying hamsters
I love these brands for famous scientists
New study basically gives the most popular porn sites a STD rating for malware
Yes, I’d like a room at the Dark Knight hotel
I love when movies get their physics right
“I’ll have some H2O too!” Wait! NoOOoooo!
Learn about your H’s and N’s, just in time for the pandemic [Infographic]
As a V10+ climber, I’ve been thinking this for years: Why Video Game Characters Suck At Rock Climbing
Ewan Mcgregor’s real life uncle played Wedge Antilles, the only other person aside from Luke Sky walker to survive both death stars.
The Definitive Guide to Bedbug Sex (Traumatic insemination FTW?)
∞ New favorite Tumblr: Deep Sea Fauna…with Googly Eyes
The best sci comm on the Internet today will be this: Why the mantis shrimp is Genghis Khan bathed in sherbert
You have breathed the same air that Einstein exhaled when he sighed after discovering E=mc^2
“Slow lightning” is a current running through plastic
We can use microbes to help us stay healthy, but you have to be skeptical of all the “supplements”
∞ 42 substances that can kill you, sorted by amount, classification, and mode of attack [Infographic]
Setting the record straight: There is no connection between any autism spectrum disorder and violent aggression
These new shots of some “air jaws” action are coool
I love this: If Darth Vader was a good father
∞ The Apollo 11 Saturn V launch in slow-mo, narrated and explained
You can definitely cry in space, but remember that tears don’t fall