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
∞ WHAT. IS. THIS. LEECH.
Alzheimer’s patients may lose a memory, but the emotion can remain
You can make one of the most expensive materials on earth with a pencil and tape
Everything you need to know about Rosetta, the comet-harpooning robot
∞ Half the water on Earth might be older than the Sun. Makes the molecules even more awesome
Dude raises mantis, also hates houseflies. You see where this is going
It’s a happy problem to have that we aren’t sure where the first dinosaur/bird split occurred
∞ This incredible spider spends its entire life underwater, lest you think anywhere is safe.
Remember that figure you’ve heard a million times that all the ants weigh as much as all the humans? Yeah, wrong
Bacteria are vital to a healthy weevil, but when they’ve served their purpose, it’s time for ABSORPTION
Did life’s asymmetry arise from molecule-destroying electrons? Or, why does life spin right round?
What does a loop of potato-shriveling RNA tell us about ancient life? Maybe a lot
What ancient armored fish tell us about how the first sexytimes went
∞ We haven’t classified a new cloud in 60 years. These rolling marvels might be the next
Five ways Tattooine’s moisture farmers could collect water in the desert
Mars is now populated by 7 robots. Let me introduce you
We’ve got the fungus that should start an epidemic among tumbleweeds
This is what octopus cannibalism looks like: pretty uneventful
“India’s trip to Mars, at a price of $74 million, cost less than the Hollywood movie Gravity.”
We confirmed our theories of island biogeography, but found that humans are quickly rewriting them
The slow motion violence that is the Xenomorph mouth of a tattoo machine
Doppler radar occasionally picks up bird flocks and it’s awesome
∞ No, you don’t swallow spiders in your sleep. Spiders don’t like you, you’re gross
The CDC’s worst-case predictions for the Ebola outbreak are dire
Doggy-style is best for men with a specific kind of back pain. We watched people have sex to find out
Almost everyone you know has had the same hallucination
Bigger mammals have more cells to mutate, but they don’t get cancer more often. Why?
Do caterpillars evolve offenses or defenses based on dumb baby birds?
∞ The Body Electric: The poorly understood and bizarre symptoms of lightning strikes
“Narwhals grow long tusks, if they have the balls to do it.”
African termites have community digestive systems. They stretch from guts to tunnels to the sky
These little Antarctic fish use anti-freeze to keep from turning to ice, but it also preserves the ice crystals
Those incredible BICEP results are now seriously in question
∞ Researchers have found a distinct “Angelina Jolie Effect.” What does that mean for risk communication?
Kanye got a haircut while searching for the Silph Scope
You know what’s cooler than a ball on Mars? Starfleet insignias on Mars
I chat with Jessica Chobot about how that ball on Mars totally is not aliens for Nerdist News
Getting sucked into a hole of calculating how many orbits it would take for a satellite to fly over all 50 states
∞ The Matrix, as an 8-bit video game
Still got your copy of Diablo 1? Get the HD mod!
How complicated is your makeup routine?
All 151 original Pokemon, beautifully Minecrafted
∞ Discovered where to buy a space-time carpet! You just need to order from Denmark
Sciencey GIFs and Images
Photographer Visarute Angkatavanich can make fish look ready for a gala
∞ Ways to get electrocuted, as warned by the 1930s
The Perfect Storm, based on a true, terrifying ocean
Take some sort of goal-oriented platitude from this owl
That double-jointed kid in school always had a trick, but it probably wasn’t this unsettling
Impalas have watch out for leopard air raids
Photographer Julieanne Kost captured trillions of microorganisms turning salt ponds purple
How do you board a boat amid stormy ocean waves? Have a crazy stabilizing platform
I still can’t really wrap my brain around seeing a nuclear blast from the air
A properly licensed gallery of Alex Wild’s amazing insect photography
You’ve got a lot of work to do, but you got this
∞ 1.361 kilograms of 99.999% pure cesium. Watch out for water.
Ladies, gentlemen, stoners. I present to you: The Spinny LED Thing
Among the evidence we do have for black holes is the odd motion of stars at our galaxy’s core
I know it’s ‘shopped, but that doesn’t stop it from breaking my brain
Jumping spider knows what you did.
We recently dissected the second intact colossal squid. This is its beak.
Can we get a skin-tie for this dog or something?
A friction welder spins metal fast enough to press together, and lets everything stop under its own inertia
1970-1984: The reign of “Jennifer”
∞ There are waaay more oil rigs in the Gulf than I thought
Artist Caleb Charland’s science-infused art installations are absolutely fantastic
The sciencey sorcery of induction heating
The physics of pigeon flight meet the physics of F1 slip streams
∞ A bobtail squid is ready for its close up.
Pop Culture Happenings
The iPhone 6 really is on the low end of the bend test
State Farm pulls Rob Schneider from its commercials for his anti-vax views, because vaccines are health insurance
∞ Holy shit Marvin Gaye singing “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” live with the music taken out is even better
The FDA is taking steps against the terrible human beings that are selling fake Ebola cures
If anyone wants to buy me the new Phantom v2511, just let me know, I have a wood saw to film
We are willing to try anything to get the lionfish menace under control
Today the FAA made it possible for Hollywood to make movies via drone
Bringing a suit against Facebook because they have no idea what informed consent is
On Thursday, President Obama created the world’s largest ocean reserve
I would love to see a Cirque du Soleil filled with these dancing quadcopters
Balam Acab’s “Sea Birds” is trippy music crossed with trippy glitched nature videos
Just guess how a new NYT/CBS poll on climate change breaks down across the parties. Go ahead, guess