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
Just two pieces of rubber keep air inside the ISS
∞ We figured out what in the blue hell this worm thing is
Shock diamonds, methane engines, NASA. All cool terms that look as cool as they sound
Why does stuff have such a weird spin in space?
Just an orangutan babysitting some tiger cubs
The measles vaccine protects against more than just measles
What can a fly tell us about time of death?
How nature can mummify a brain
∞ This is what happens after you die
NASA’s Curiosity rover shows us a sunset on Mars from last month!
You can win $29,000 from NASA — just figure out how to shield astronauts from space radiation
New Loki Microbe is Closest Relative to All Complex Life
We now know what thunder *looks* like
Can you spot the snow leopard?
Veritasium just inspired the hell out of me with his video on “learned helplessness”
Well, cross asking an orbiting astronaut a question off my bucket list
It makes sense that giant whales have stretchy nerves, but it’s still an amazing find
∞ The female orgasm, explained with science demos
Huh. Birds with injured feathers get feather transplants
The reasons why octopus locomotion is so bizarre
How evolution co-opted the bioluminescence of millipedes
Spray spiders down with carbon nanotubes and their silk gets stronger, sometimes
We’re now making hyper-advanced anti-drone technology
I love this Zelda comic explaining the Triforce
∞ Did you know you wanted a gritty, black and white Pokemon comic? I didn’t either
Muscovy ducks look like Darth Maul. That is all.
Geeky artist Nick Acosta made a “working” TNG tricorder and it is awesome
Tattoo ink that glows under UV eventually breaks down, but not before looking awesome
- Unnecessary Information: The U.S. Has Been Colder Than Hoth
- ∞ Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber from ROTJ has been to space
- A New Hope’s title crawl wouldn’t be past our weather satellites by now
- BB-8 probably works with magnets and gyroscopes, no Force needed
- Let’s build a Death Star!
- The Skywalker twins aren’t the same age anymore, because relativity
- Many planets probably have a Tatooinian sunset
- What a Star Wars blaster bolt would really look like
- An asteroid of antimatter could blow up Alderaan
- How good is the space battle physics in Star Wars?
- Let’s build a lightsaber!
- Here’s a Greedo catfish
Not such a hard science now, huh?
Sciencey GIFs and Images
My mascot for social anxiety is a lizard
∞ I thought this was faked, but it’s actually awesome physics
My mom loves getting my Mother’s Day texts
“Hey Jim how should we test the gliding ability of this snake? Throw it off something tall! Oh…alright!”
The next Transformers should be in space, oh wait, we did that
Sometimes when you throw a falcon at a rabbit, you miss
Turn every sandbox into an impact physics lab!
∞ Not feeling great so I looked up how zoologists weigh small birds. Feel better now. Yep, feeling a lot better. Actually pretty happy now.
Did you know that owls deflate?
An octopus’ chromatophores continue to fire after being prepped for eating
Again, apparently jaguars are totally cool with eating underwater
C’mon Areal Yellow jackets aren’t that scaryNEVERMIND
∞ And you thought there weren’t any dinosaurs left
Researched that weird worm, found a nemertean eating a fish
Pop Culture Happenings
The Ghost in the Shell movie has some of the most detailed backgrounds I’ve ever seen in anime
∞ The Footloose warehouse dance scene without the music is hilariously bizarre
Hell is Other People: “Tracks your ‘friends’ and calculates optimally distanced locations for avoiding them.”
When I need to relax, I listen to this video of my favorite instrument that I’ve never heard of (start at 4:30)
Watch firefighting in 4K slow motion from a Phantom camera if you feel like seeing the coolest thing you’ll see today
∞ Standardized testing is kind of broken, and John Oliver lays it out masterfully
Think of Las Vegas…That’s not Las Vegas
Why you shouldn’t wash your dishes by hand