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
“By ignoring sponges, we blind ourselves to a hidden biology and get a misleading view of evolution.”
∞ Volcanic lightning is also known as a “dirty thunderstorm,” which is totally not a sex thing
Hiker captures the exact moment when the Calbuco volcano erupted
Are ancient viruses embedded in our DNA helping embryos form?
How big is the Sun really?
∞ We’ve edited the first human embryos. What’s next?
What you can learn from putting the famous barking dog experiment on its side
“…Whether a product contains GMOs? Not informative or relevant in the least.”
The overuse of supplements isn’t just useless, it’s potentially harmful
*Another* large study finds no link between the MMR vaccine and autism
The sea pig tastes like poison, not bacon
Just one pulse of oxytocin can turn inattentive mice into loving moms
∞ Some wild chimps have learned to look both ways before crossing the street
Do try this at home: Using air pressure to make an instant cloud in a bottle
Perhaps its an oxytocin loop that makes dogs so snuggleable
Poke a hole in a ping pong ball, submerge in liquid nitrogen, then remove. Watch as expanding gas revs it up
Oh, just a 1,000 crab pile-up
- Doctors agree: Dr. Oz should be dropped from Columbia University’s faculty
- ∞ How Dr. Oz turned away from science and embraced fame
- Reminder: One of the best Dr. Oz takedowns came from John Oliver
- New WikiLeaks documents reveal the inner workings of the Dr. Oz Show
- Dr. Oz may be great at spin, but he’s still absolutely wrong
- Dr. Oz in damage control mode is even worse.
- “People argue that Oz should be treated more like a Kardashian than like a surgeon.” But we shouldn’t
- More Than 1,000 Doctors Say Dr. Oz Should Resign
This is why your knuckles crack. It only took us 68 years to figure out
∞ A close encounter of the whale kind
For the love of Darwin stay away from the Spanish fly
The octopus that is a blanket
How to make your message in a bottle stand the test of time
Take Veritasium’s beaker balance challenge
Did you predict what would happen in Veritasium’s “simple” physics problem?
I love insects, but parastic wasps…I don’t know what to do with them
∞ We won’t run out of names, names will run out of us. They will own us.
Fast food is just as good at replenishing energy after a work out
Bare-knuckle boxing is *way safer* than boxing with gloves
Lampreys are slimy, hated, bloodsuckers. But they are valuable ecosystem engineers
What if Man of Steel was IN COLOR?
∞ Captain America had the original “miracle weight-building supplement”
Delightful travel posters imagine our future expansion into the solar system
How you sit in the chair says a lot about your character
∞ Science adds another Muppet to the literature
And the worst-dressed character in Final Fantasy is…
arvalis of DeviantArt is back with more amazing “realistic Pokemon” prints
You have the foundations of Daredevil’s abilities too, you just don’t notice them
∞ The only way to make finding the Higgs boson more metal is to transform it into metal music
Daenerys’ missing dragon needs to eat ~3 people a day to keep terrorizing Westeros
How does Stark’s body survive the forces of his Iron Man suit?
What is the gravitational pull from all spiders?
Sciencey GIFs and Images
∞ A guy named Steve Schwab throws goshawks out of cars to take out crows in his neighborhood
A breathtaking gallery of photos from NASA’s Gemini missions
Archers ready?! Fish!
We’re gonna need a bigger robot camera sub
Water is heavy, like 62.4 lbs/ft^3 heavy
Poor crab never had a chance
Barn owl feathers glow pink under blacklight, which can be used to age the birds via patterns and fading
Flounder camouflage is so good you almost lose them after they move
Tree kangaroos are a thing!
This is a Darth Vader mask made of bugs. That is all.
I don’t know why the dexterity of monitor lizards surprised me so much, but it did.
A gutted fish can still swim, thanks to reflexes in the peripheral nervous system (Graphic)
I have no idea what chemical reaction this is, but video compression is getting *really* good
∞ Unedited shot of a nuclear reactor core shows the blue glow of Cherenkov radiation — like a sonic boom of light
Penguin escapes orca in a dinghy, can still sense it
Crocodiles are raw power
∞ It’s absolutely brilliant how a snake winds itself up a tree
Turns out it’s surprising when gorillas break zoo glass
Want your birds more dinosaury? Check out a young cassowary
Tigers get in water like we get in hot tubs
Conservation of angular (hamster) momentum
ISS long exposures are ready-made sci-fi novel covers
∞ The original ring of death
You think your cat runs to the food dish?
Spacewalk GoPros are the ultimate vertigo inducers
Just a momma leopard teaching its cub how to play
Tiny drones (with a lot of programming) are the best drones
A cannon ball will float in a T-1000
Wait. The forest tent caterpillar (Malacosoma disstria) has penguins on it
Newton’s laws in an RPG launch
Jumping pink dolphins Batman! No, really.
Sorry, it’s the standard
∞ Oh, simple human, you thought I had no wild side?
Hypno kitty isn’t moving. C’mon brain you can do this.
Realizing that you actually can wear hats
Pop Culture Happenings
Heath Ledger’s Joker didn’t have to literally tattoo “damaged” on his forehead. He *acted* damaged. How will Leto?
The Pippi Longstocking/Miyazaki film that might have been
The first tattoo style that makes me want a tattoo
∞ You know neuroscience nerds that need these coasters
Awesome to see Simon Stalenhag’s work in the beginning stages of moviezation
Red-tailed hawks: The official raptors of Last Week Tonight
The ride up the new World Trade Center looks like an Assassin’s Creed loading screen
The Aztec Death Whistle sounds like the agony of 100 screaming people
Want to get some work done a spaceship? Spaceship Background Noise Generator
∞ Somehow David Hasselhoff is sublime in this
This is how close SpaceX came to catching a rocket
∞ omg watch this Sizzler promotional video from 1991 right now. It is insane
∞ I just cried my eyes out over this cartoon of a dog left behind in the apocalypse
Polygraph machines don’t work, but how do you beat them?
Binge Adventure Time with Wired’s guide
John Oliver and Michael Bolton want to make you care about the IRS
∞ The Zelda feels here won’t fit in any bottle