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
What makes a new species, adaptation, or randomness?
What happens when you give eels cocaine?
Can We Just Save This Adorable Parrot for Christ’s Sake?
Wow a “propane rifle” can teach a lot of fluid physics
Enjoy your day at the beach (Sicarius hahni)
∞ A Turkish 3D printing company gives an injured turtle live-saving titanium jaws
It’s not a stream of consciousness, it’s a rhythm
“You could robotize a house plant to drag itself into sunlight, that would be really cute and perhaps even useful”
“Avian flu viruses have affected over 33 million turkeys, chickens and ducks in over a dozen states since December.”
Is there elegant math behind the bamboo that you and I will never see flower?
Do fruit flies get scared? Well, maybe
∞ The woodpecker-riding weasel has been immortalized
The first drone I’ve legitimately wanted follows you around, and is adorable
Boba Fett could learn a thing from trap-jaw ants
∞ We’ve found the first truly warm-blooded fish
With three studies now published on the #TheDress, we still don’t know what exactly is going on
Our best look yet at Ceres’ mysterious spots
“Even in death, the elephant sustains life. Beneath its floppy ears lie six million calories.”
It’s now fully funded, but every cent will help Bill Nye and The Planetary Society’s LightSail!
We can 3D print mini jet engines
But did we actually give chickens dinosaur snouts?
∞ This is how you poop in space
Look, life sucks most of the time. Just try to remember that one of these frogs is squeaking somewhere right now
You ever spent an hour looking at mantis eyes?
I love this whale that spent an hour spraying watchers and knocking phones out of selfie sticks
Just a catheter inserted into someone’s thigh and all the way up to his or her eye
Do you have a microbial fingerprint that can identify you?
Long-eared hedgehogs don’t like inquisitive pups
Go Download SpaceX’s Vintage Mars Travel Posters
∞ I’m still waiting for some Star Wars news to top this anime drawn by one guy
Why were people writing about Pokemon in 1870?
∞ Of course Adam Savage built himself a gorgeous, screen-accurate Captain Kirk chair
Are we ever going to run out of gas?
Wrath of Khan scores higher as a sequel than almost any other second film
∞ This is a space sword made of meteorite
That time a science writer ruined William Shatner’s day with the news Pluto will have no “Vulcan” moon
So, sloths at night should be in horror movies
∞ So excited for xkcd’s new Up Goer Five-inspired book: Thing Explainer!
This Half-Life fan art is perfect
Quantic Dream basically came up with Ex Machina in a (fabulous) tech demo three years ago
∞ The Physics Behind Age of Ultron’s Earth-Shaking Ending
Sciencey GIFs and Images
A barn owl defends its chicks from a snake
∞ Devil rays are so majest—nevermind
Animatronics have gotten really good
Male kudus lock horns in battle to the death
Giraffes sleep less than five hours a day (sometimes much less), and like bending their necks to do so
Mantidfly wasp cosplay is pretty good
∞ A tree’s innards smolder after a lightning strike
The bolas spider flings a glob of silk at its prey with amazing dexterity
Some insects that can really get under the skin
See? Root canals aren’t that bad
Orbits of Potentially Hazardous Asteroids
∞ There are a lot of forces ready to unleash a dragster
“Snow cleaning” a test mirror for the James Webb Space Telescope
Pop Culture Happenings
Bird formations are to save energy…used for swearing
∞ Rick and Morty’s Simpsons couch gag is perfect
Chill out and watch dyes and fluids mix to beautiful piano
We Asked These Astronauts What It’s Like To Be In Space
Enough children are obese that our perceptions of ideal weights have followed suit
∞ “This is the first time that abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula have been found to be medically inaccurate”
Hotboxing a room actually works
The US’s changing religious landscape
∞ The best thing I’ve read all month: How Marvel Is Killing the Popcorn Movie
Ohhhhhh. Makes total sense now: Why Is There A Hole In Airplane Windows?
I had a lot of fun with Age of Ultron, but this “Hater’s Guide” is hilarious (and makes some good points)
1.3 million particles thrown into a bowl