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
Inside one host, tapeworms of different ages battle for complete mind-control
Climate change brings the dreaded pink slug back to California’s coasts
Behind the only windows not on Earth is a workstation out of a sci-fi novel
∞ Scientists tried to catalog the New York subway’s microbiome. Half of it was unrecognizable
Do you really want to live forever? Yes, says the hydra
Mommy pufferfish don’t let their little ones leave home without some poison
∞ Pluto won’t be lonely for long. It’s about to get its first visitor
Foundation claims that bald eagles are being poisoned by euthanized animals
People throwing stuff into Yellowstone’s Morning Glory changed its color
That thing where you cause an avalanche
Great animation of how measles spreads through vaccinated and unvaccinated populations
∞ One way to keep elephants from eating your crops? Bees.
How measles became a master of contagion
Using facial recognition software to find out why monkey faces are so colorful
The first fire-fighting robot isn’t fire-proof, but is still pretty cool
What? BEDBUGS is evolving!
This is what measles in the US looked like before vaccines
One of my favorite science terms: Lazarus taxon
The speed of light is the fastest speed, but it looks pretty slow over cosmic distances
∞ Cats are always cold in our houses. That could be one reason why they love boxes
Dolphins might mourn
There is a real way in which flipped coins caught in the air are fairer than coins left to hit the ground
We don’t know if male astronauts can get erections in space
One number that will help you understand the measles outbreak
To understand the mental health of other cultures, we need to understand their metaphors
Students of the near future should be learning about another kind of chemical bond
We’ve carried around a huge amount of viral DNA for millions of years, but new invasions have slowed
∞ Deep ocean currents are invisible, powerful, and otherworldly
Why can’t I power my phone like a lighter?
I really hope live-action Legend of Zelda will feature the amazing physics we all expect
Star Wars has made billions of dollars in almost every entertainment medium
∞ The programming of Pac-Man’s ghosts was actually brilliant
Millennium. Falcon. Drone.
We now have a Greedo catfish
I WANT TO TEACH YOU ABOUT EPIDEMIOLOGY KAAARRRRLLL
∞ In the tunnels at CERN, of course there are Half-Life lambdas, because physicists
In which my colleague tells Sean Bean how often he actually dies with my data
DO NOT LET SCIENTIFICALLY ACCURATE BARNEY LOVE YOU
∞ My favorite Star Wars fan theory ever
J. Lo’s new movie has no idea how old the Iliad is
A guide to the solar system etched into this cutting board
One of my favorite Magic cards contains an arresting optical illusion
Sciencey GIFs and Images
∞ Why did Hitchcock need fake birds when stuff like this happens?
This necklace only has three colors. C’mon brain you can do this
You didn’t know that goats guarded the gates of Hell, did you?
∞ Conservation of angular hamster momentum
Just think of how far we’ve come, getting an image like this
Bunker-penetrating missiles are scary as hell
∞ Did you know that the phrase, “when the shit hits the fan” is originally from Hippo-language
Wait. I thought you were going for that salmon.
Real snowpiercer is better than Snowpiercer
A flowing lava GIF, perfectly looped
When a Humboldt squid says hello
A nuclear blast 0.025 seconds after detonation
That thing when a bear is a cat with yarn
This vehicle is incredible. It fires a mine-clearing line charge like a coiled snake to get rid of land mines
Coiling honey is so so satisfying
Anti-ship cruise missiles are getting really advanced
Flounder camouflage isn’t osprey-proof
Eagle to fish: “IN THE FACE WITH RATCHETING BONE CLAWS”
It’s not the most fun footage to watch, but watching cat catch a bird on the run is fascinating
∞ I could watch the precision flight of the African goshawk all day
Watch how stabilized a kestrel’s head can be while riding turbulent air
Good to know that moray eels react just like we do to tentacled face attacks
Pop Culture Happenings
“Even if the vaccine did cause autism, which it fucking doesn’t, it would still be worth it”
∞ This fan-made Evangelion short rivals Pacific Rim (kinda)
Do Sharks Make Good Dancers? Because internet
“There is every reason to get vaccinated — there aren’t reasons to not.” — Obama