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
One of the coolest videos of moving murmuration information I’ve ever seen
∞ Great skepticism here: Skip Your Annual Physical
Hamster cheek pouches extend all the way to their hips. We know because we x-rayed them while eating
Want to see two neodymium magnets (kinda) make an apple disappear?
General Electric has gotten into the GIF game and it is *strong*
Honored to be quoted in this week’s eSkeptic on what we would need to make chemtrails make sense (but don’t have)
It’s official: 2014 was the hottest year on record
∞ I have *never* seen this kind of octopus before. I’m actually astonished
This is literally where the smell of rain comes from
The real Paddington Bear *is* adorable but endangered
Turn over your glass of water. The water shouldn’t fall out, but it does. Why?
Veritasium gives a nearly perfect primer on quantum entanglement
This little alien has 32 different retinas
Do zebras have their stripes to help regulate their temperatures?
Is poker a game of skill, or a game of luck?
We have rediscovered the first plutonium human eyes ever saw
We are about to bring mass extinctions to the oceans, but there is time to change course
Sea turtles use their birthplaces’ magnetic signature to find their way back
According to the best sources we have, how big do ocean leviathans really get?
Where do the myths of the hellhound come from?
Spent too much time preventing a tiny solar system from collapsing
∞ A scientist’s 26-year journey to bring the microbiome to the forefront with an adorable squid
A sawzall made of shark teeth? Yes
I have never seen a crocodile gallop before
How to raise a human bot fly. You can’t unsee, but it’s fascinating and well-produced
“Most mothers don’t take kindly to alien weaners prodding them for milk.”
Wow! I had no idea aphids could go through more than a dozen forms in a life-cycle
The evidence is piling up that utahraptors hunted in packs
You could use a huge metal bar, or you could use a giant boulder to stop cars
Snakes swim in sand better than sandfish
The first record of a birth of a thresher shark
Nobel laureates quickly illustrate their discoveries in crayon
∞ This is a guy beating a grandmaster version of Tetris *after* the credits with *invisible* blocks (1:11:00)
How you could roll the most unlikely strike ever rolled
∞ Ocarina of Time taught us about the physics of Parkour way before it was cool
Make-up artist turns herself into comic book art
∞ Is it really “you” that steps out of a Star Trek transporter?
The biggest box office “boom” of the last 30 years was made 30 years ago
This medical patient has expressive aphasia, and is a real-life Hodor
I make Neil deGrasse Tyson defend his his choice of Kirk over Picard!
∞ My last video with Neil deGrasse Tyson: What aspect of science should we use daily?
There’s more science than ever in the new season of MythBusters, but it feels different
Sciencey GIFs and Images
∞ (Bird) archers ready?! Fire!!
Still one of my favorite photos of all time: The Ice Bear
The S-IVB third stage of the Apollo 12 Saturn V rocket just wanted to say hello again
Stay away from the humans hunny, those things are dangerous
∞ Come here boy! Oh wait you’re a huge wolf
In the (cat) eye of the beholder
So Siberian tigers are big
∞ There is no horror for the worm greater than the leech
Holy s*** a “dehydrated” muscle
Gazelles are always jumpy because cats can fall from the sky
Again, you can’t outrun a bear. They are *fast*
It’s not curious, it’s triangulating before the strike
A shovel-nosed snake swims through sand
This is the inside of a penguin’s mouth
Yes, bring me all the snacks, my otter companion!
I made this GIF of a fully-fed, agitated, and swimming anaconda because it looks like Anaconda
More footage of the double-amputee with mind-controlled limbs
Let mama bear help you
These lines are all straight. C’mon brain you can do this.
Not exactly accurate, but this GIF of evolution in action is gorgeous
The most impressive opening toss?
∞ Really can’t beat the space Vine
The Guardians of the Galaxy paid homage to the Pillars of Creation too kinda
Balloon popping race…Go! Laser wins!
Get enough comments on a Reddit post and someone will bring up Nazis
Pop Culture Happenings
If you have a STEAM account, here’s long long it will take you to finish it
Oh, the ‘Boy Who Came Back From Heaven’ actually didn’t? No way! I can’t believe it!
∞ Huh. The Iron Maiden wasn’t really a thing
A chillingly distant account of the destruction left after our bombing of Hiroshima
This is the internet in real-time
Wow I want a copy of “Art Forms in Nature”
“Want to piss off someone for $9.99? Let us send them some stupid fucking glitter guaranteed to go everywhere.”
∞ The robot and dinosaur-filled art of Simon Stalenhag is some my favorite ever
Bowie through the years