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

Zoom lenses are getting kinda scary

Q: Do big cats like catnip? A: So much

Older elephants know the best anti-lion moves

Why do all the planets in the solar system orbit in the same direction?

The cutest lion cub needs laser eye surgery

Surgeons’ green scrubs are meant to prevent optical illusions

Gluten sensitivity may very well be real, but science has yet to conclusively show it

Lockheed Martin tests a laser weapon that melts car engines over a mile away

What secrets will Ceres share?

Why Killer Whales Go Through Menopause But Elephants Don’t

Glue a praying mantis’ abdomen and it will jump into stuff face-first. Here’s why

The most technical origami you’ll see today

I love when we have to put “extinct” in quotes

That thing where you’re ice fishing and catch a live bird

I will never ever tire of a good octopus camouflage reveal

A “full-body” transplant is an insane idea

Most cultures’ “It’s all Greek to me” phrase uses “Chinese” instead

Enter the Vaginome

When the facts don’t fit our beliefs, we make our beliefs less testable

“This study assures us that there were not widespread ‘acid casualties’ in the 1960s”

A jaw found in the deserts of Africa winds back human evolutionary history

Does this octopus own the rights to these photos?

Yep, that’s the face of terror

Wild pandas are making a comeback, probably

I had no idea how astonishingly fast an underwater hippo charge could be

“…according to an analysis of more than 15,000 penises around the world.”

OK, yes, a flying fox eating a banana is adorable

It is insanely creepy to see “Dudley” appear over a mile below the ocean’s surface

Birds aren’t evolved to avoid the faster and faster vehicles we create

How fast is our “number sense”?

The goshawk is nature’s fighter pilot. Here’s its technique

We’ve now nailed down an astonishing amount of HIV’s evolutionary history

Termites are efficient, prosperous, and diligent guardians of the soil

A round-up of all the organisms that make real zombies

 

Extreme Nerdery

The profundity of hydrology on hot tub signs

What dinosaur DNA is going into Jurassic World’s hybrid “Indominus rex”?

We are about to send 25 of the world’s best robots into what is basically Legends of the Hidden Temple. For robots.

We might finally understand consciousness with something just like Chappie

The math on why all hipsters look the same

If you are “barehanding” a power line, you can play Palpatine. Amazing.

Spend some time playing with this gravity simulator

How Minecraft Generates Such HUGE Worlds

According to the statistics, the best candidate for the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game isn’t Kevin Bacon

 

Sciencey GIFs and Images

The BAE hypervelocity projectile thinks your armor is adorable

Ferrofluid will always be the best desk toy

Flock of Flamingos

GIF compression is getting *really* impressive

If you build your koi pond and know a thing or two about air pressure and vacuums, you can make a heck of a display

Time-lapsed planes look like bad special effects

Exotic (mantis) dancing

The simple soap bubble has more surface tension than you think

A Eurasian wryneck, when disturbed, hisses and does its best snake impression

I don’t know why I expected a comb jelly to not eat weirdly. But it totally does.

You don’t have to be a crab to be completely mesmerized by a cuttlefish

That thing where there are so many spiders that it is raining spiders

Mother bald eagle warms eggs while buried in snow, is the real MVP

Proper airbag timing is kinda important

Know your ant worker anatomy

#planktonshaming

The NASA probe SERT-1 had twin ion engines. It was a TIE fighter

Eye lashes up close are like face stalactites

1 metric ton of gunpowder used to simulate the gunpowder plot

Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt stands near a boulder and the abyss

 

Pop Culture Happenings

What Is The Best Thing To Do When A Grenade Is Thrown At You?

Guitar prodigy Tina S. is back with a blazing cover of “Through the Fire and Flames”

“I won’t present both sides of the argument because it’s like supporting a group who say pancakes make you gay

California will likely pass a law that eradicates ‘personal belief’ exemptions for vaccines

Bravo, Ringling Brothers, for Taking Elephants Out of Circuses

“The Mail’s editorial model depends on little more than theft”: My Year Ripping Off the Web with the Daily Mail

The next generation of lava lamps should be magnetic

Magnets and origami make for a delicate dance show

It looks like a pretty boring game until exponential growth turns it into an acid trip

John Oliver has an excellent report on US infrastructure, featuring a movie trailer with Oscar-nominated actors

Tyson Boop