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
When bad weather hits, productivity goes up
∞ 25 years ago this week, we saw Earth as a pale blue dot. Then Carl Sagan gave my favorite speech
This is your brain on love
Syphilis: A Love Story
What are your odds of finding love, or other life in the universe?
∞ Interstellar has produced a scientific paper. Alright, alright, alright.
We put the equivalent of five plastic bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline into the sea in 2010
This snail is so metal that it is literally metal
Using Jupiter to refine our exoplanet hunting techniques
Another gorgeous skytrail video
How Chris McCandless Died: A Scientific Update
Smoking kills far more people than we thought
A heron is caught surfing
Cuttlefish sex is a face-cuddle
∞ I’ve seen a spider-tailed horned viper before, but never hunting. Its lure is incredibly believable
SpaceX enjoys half-success with its Deep Space 9 mission, as I insist on calling it
Ding, ding! It’s seal versus giant pacific octopus
You’re not left or right-brained. You’re all-brained
For Brian Williams: A list of memory biases
A bit too fearful, but here’s a good piece on the complexities of the nocebo effect
This is a fruit fly’s beating heart
∞ An eagle-owl at 1000fps is slow-motion beauty
Heterosexual cowgirl is the position most likely to break a penis
Modern science gives us about a billion more heart beats than we should get
Why do mirrors flip horizontally (but not vertically)?
Bald eagles are among the most contaminated birds on the planet
What muscles make crocodiles croak?
Obsidian scaples have edges *3 nanometers* thick. That’s thinner than a cell membrane
∞ The stabilization tech of Boston Dynamics’ new robot blows me away
What is déjà vu anyway? What is déjà vu anyway?
What happens to life on Earth after us?
What’s the straight dope on pot?
∞ A real Cupid would be a human-vulture hybrid crossbow-wielding monster
I bet you wish you could have gotten a valentine like this
Telling the first owl I see that it takes 2,500 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop
If the Moon was a black hole nothing would really happen
You’d think that our posters for space missions would be super official. Nope.
You could eat 24 tubes of toothpaste before keeling over
∞ Beat any child in a find Waldo contest with the mathematically best path
Does Superman have super-ethics, or something worse?
Physics valentines and anti-valentines, because symmetry!
How long do you have to cut off a zombie-bitten limb? Just seconds.
∞ A New Hope’s opening crawl is about 18,000 miles overhead right now
The full set of Apollo speeches
I love like geology
I finally know what the heck The One Ring does
Sciencey GIFs and Images
The Spanish shawl nudibranch is so vivid it’s surreal
∞ So I can make a camera stabilizer out of a green vine snake?
I love that this bubble pops at roughly the same speed as the BB popping it
∞ Venture inside a tarantula with animated GIFs from Jacob O’Neal
The balance is strong with this one
That thing when you’re hitting the slopes and you pass right by a mountain lion literally chillin’
Bad idea #98463937928: Shark petting
If thou gaze long into an abyss, a smiley face will also gaze into thee
∞ What it is like to be punched by a drunk gorilla
We should teach sex ed with snapping turtles
Holy cow did a ram just take out this cow
And so, among the crab graveyard, the ray finds another victim
Pop Culture Happenings
The Oxford English Dictionary has more than 80 different synonyms for “grey”
∞ Playing Fallout: New Vegas on an old TV looks absolutely perfect
∞ TBS speeds up Seinfeld 7.5 percent to get more commercials in
I got lost in Aakash Nihalani’s EYE SCREAM SUNDAY for awhile
I don’t even know how to describe these sculptures. They’re just amazing
Get lost in a graphic of the history of the world from a Biblical perspective 4004 B.C.-1878
“There is no acceptable level of any chemical to ingest, ever.” — The Food Babe
This guy can teach how to turn yourself into Frieza if you have the right make-up
I think I found emojis for every Pokemon
∞ Secular parents do just fine, maybe even better, compared to religious parents
Cholesterol in your diet will soon be OK in latest guidelines
This “Bigfoot video” is spooky, sure, but it’s also totally fake
∞ In Tokyo zoo security drills, the best image gallery
Millions of Facebook users have no idea they’re using the internet
ART I tell you
And the conservatives lose another talking point: HPV Vaccination Not Linked to Riskier Sex