Digging through the web this week, I uncovered all this geeky goodness. You can find the thousands of links from previous weeks here.
I have marked my favorite links with a ∞. Enjoy.
Science to Read, Watch
Dead Whale Diaries, Day 3: a ribcage emerges
How far should we take anesthesia? The Hidden Dangers of Going Under
“…A law designed to satisfy the unfounded fears of foodies.” This Economist piece on Vermont is spot-on
The Cyanometer Is a 225-Year-Old Tool for Measuring the Blueness of the Sky
Confirmation bias is the better reason as to why we think dolphins “protect” us from sharks
“The universe’s story is already written…Isn’t that a cheery thought.”
∞ The undersea master of slime whose teeth look ridiculously like the cover of Tremors
The biggest creature on earth is definitely not a blue whale
This is aluminum powder exploding like a supernova
Antibiotic resistance isn’t just in our hospitals. It’s ancient, and literally everywhere
Get a cell to use unnatural, synthesized DNA base pairs and it’s an “alien”? Whatever, it’s pretty darn cool
How much are we messing with birds’ compasses? Somewhat, probably, maybe
∞ Have you ever seen a giant isopod swim? They are far more graceful than you think
Research on video games and violence needs to grow up, and the media has to get it right
Meditation has some benefits, but most studies on it are poor and don’t say nearly as much as you yoga instructor
∞ Visiting Europa is our best shot at discovering other life in the cosmos, so why aren’t we?
Jack Bauer has killed more people than all sharks in the last 430 years.
The movies make it look like emerging diseases come out of nowhere. They don’t, they’re ancient
Evolution gave humans and squid the same eyes. Yeah, it’s that awesome
How good is your intuitive sense of buoyancy? Test it!
“The leafhopper isn’t an individual in its own right, but a collection of animal and microbes that live together.”
A glass of champagne will produce about a million bubbles before it goes flat
Looking at dune ripples to figure out how the Martian winds blow
∞ Saturn would look gorgeous before it turned us into a new ring with tidal forces
That “vampire rejuvenation” news? It’s more about mice and possible carcinogenic qualities
∞ Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Masterpiece
My childhood, GIFcapsulated
This lizard looks like Spider-Man, that is all.
Hack ‘n’ Slash is a Zelda-style game that demands you hack it. Looks awesome
How could any video on the evolution of VFX spend 0.5s on The Matrix?
“How many pilots would you need to take on Godzilla?” “7”
∞ Can a virtual pandemic in World of Warcraft teach us about real ones?
Explore life’s biggest questions with an 8-bit, fire-balling Nietzsche
∞ My first Nerdist feature derives the tribble growth equation. They really are trouble
Most overrated: Spy Kids Most underrated: Grandma’s Boy
Future astronauts might use a Fallout tool for health (and radscorpion) reasons
The last episode of Friends aired just over 10 years ago. They drank enough coffee to kill a bunch of people
Spider-Man’s webs can take a lot of weight, but that’s only half the reason why they are so strong
A thought, but not a bat-s*** crazy one: Batman came from his creator’s childhood trauma
∞ Psychologically harmful was Yoda? The green sage’s teachings weren’t very good
Players help scientists publish the first game-powered study
The original JAWS set to the new Godzilla trailer’s audio is nearly perfect
∞ There’s more energy expenditure in digging a mine than developing a Moon mission
Sciencey GIFs and Images
Galileo cataloged sunspot activity with a pen and paper hundreds of years ago. Now we have GIFs
Alligator uses tail-propelled launch technique
DO NOT TRY THIS (only if it seems like the wolf wants a belly rub)
Does this GIF help your arachnophobia?
∞ 54% of USA population lives here
Some deer avoid getting hit on the road by flying, apparently
How does a pitcher turn up the heat on a fast ball? “Kinetic-linking” puts the whole body behind it
∞ Holy crap tattooing in slo-mo and close-up
Only the manliest way to open a soda
There is a tiny galaxy in sparking a lighter
“The new toy taking the world by storm! Ball of Ants! Squish it, prod it, mold it, let it sting the hell out of you”
What Cosmos is trying to do with its massive effects budget
Pop Culture Happenings
∞ Alright Google commercial about astronomy teachers, you totally got me
This is what Syria is dealing with, and Americans don’t care
Wyoming rejects science standards, won’t teach man-made climate change
Hollywood keeps making superhero movies because we keep paying for them (and they got better)
Have a pair of those toe-shoe, barefoot Vibram things? Science, and the law, says you were duped
∞ That thing where you actually need a bigger boat because a great white chewed on your inflatable dingy
Without intervention, monopolies will form. It’s math. Here’s why you should speak for net neutrality
Fiona Tang’s incredible posters scream out of the wall at you
Pet acupuncture does not work (neither does the human kind)
∞ A statistical analysis of which Friends were the closest friends