I have dug through the Internet this week and 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
You’d be killed by the crowd of urinators before you were by the interaction of urine and pool water
∞ Noah isn’t accurate because it can’t be
Everything isn’t relative. In fact, most things aren’t, and that’s how we do science
The only discovered wingman in the animal kingdom is the long-tailed manakin, helping an older partner get laid
∞ If Pacific Rim followed its own math, the kaijus totally would have exterminated us
Why do snakes have two penises?
Wow put a fly in a particle accelerator and record incredible muscle moment
It’s pretty easy to make people think their hands are no longer made of flesh
Nearly microscopic, beautiful little snails first described in new paper are also close to extinction
∞ “Slow Life” has to be some of the best nature footage I have ever seen
Why crows are smarter than your 7-year old, but not your 8-year old
This virus is an aphrodisiac for infertile crickets
These are fossilized spider footprints from 260 million years ago
∞ You can’t bring yourself to share that ugly selfie because our brains prefer mirror images of our faces
There just isn’t any good evidence that brain training programs like Luminosity work at all
Meditation may have small benefits, but the researchers could only use *0.3%* of the cited studies
Ants, dogs, and light know how to be good lifeguards. You’ll know what I mean when you read this
Implanting a 3D-printed skull. It looks absolutely incredible
∞ I really enjoyed this TED talk, but maybe that’s just a parasite talking
“What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?” Great talk about fear and and space from Chris Hadfield
A video made from 200,000 pictures taken by the Cassini Spacecraft around Saturn’s Rings is worth a watch
Tyrannosaurus rex is considered the dino king, but here are 10 tyrants that came before
Watch this hawk fly through obstacles with incredible precision
Twin studies tell us so much. Now we are studying them in space!
Ruining some classic children’s books with science, because science
∞ The same effect that causes brilliant halos on the battlefield is helping golf clubs start wildfires
It sounds bizarre, but evolution doesn’t play your strict species game: There was no first human
“Good scientific theories can fit all the data but still seem unsatisfying to us.”
A Reptile Dysfunction: Salmonella super common among reptiles and we touch them
The science behind that gorgeous Andromeda/Milky Way collision from Cosmos
∞ How other animals see: “A cuttlefish could only read the headlines”
What all the zebrafish tweets are missing are videos of their incredible, 24-hour development
These nerdy charts show when viewers started really loving/hating their favorite shows
∞ His eyes open: Statistics show that “Darmok” was a great TNG episode, haters
The huge, money-making enterprise that is uploading videos of yourself playing Minecraft
Yeah! Teach me about light speed with Minecraft!
The unmade sci-fi film of DUNE that went on to influence everything
I just sat for 6 minutes listening to one guy play the whole Star Wars theme on one instrument by himself
The original Pokemon game map redrawn in SimCity 2000, because internet
Magic school bus and captain planet
If you played Deus Ex: Human Revolution at all, you will be really impressed by this fan film
You couldn’t drop a tungsten countertop into the Sun. Wait, who uses tungsten countertops?
∞ Three of my very favorite Star Wars posters, animated
Entomologist hosts bad insect horror movie science festival, finds “Mimic” inaccurate, watchable
Bound to happen: Carl Sagan in slow-motion sounds just as high as Neil deGrasse Tyson
This chemist knows how to save you from the zombie apocalypse: DEATH PERFUME
Sciencey GIFs and Images
Need to hold thousands of tiny octopus babies
To film Navy SEALs exiting a nuclear submarine, you have to overcome a fear of the giant, chilling deep
Surface area is not always your friend
∞ No, next traveler in 5E, “magnetic ionic” bracelets do not improve your health
Watching a guy slam his arms down on 150 mousetraps in uber-slow-motionis wonderful
Relax for a second. The whole universe is above you.
Making you cry with dinosaur comics: The saddest reason for extinction
Escape! Escape to the sea!
∞ Dust devil+Controlled burn=Awesome fire physics!
Geckos and cockroaches have at least one thing in common: The ability to use their claws for awesome parkour moves
Graphite is conductive, as a pencil and some current shows quite effectively
Pop Culture Happenings
∞ A Complete Ranking Of (Almost) Every Single Mitch Hedberg Joke
In case you need to break out of zip ties, I don’t know
Someone can buy me this transparent silly putty
There is so much nonsense wrapped in this “vibrator that makes you smarter” I don’t know where to begin
∞ “Banecat” works so well that my smile muscles hurt
“It’s unclear what Russia will use the Ukrainian combat dolphins for, but they will be getting upgrades”
Animal Planet’s “Call of the Wildman” is hurting animals
More Reasons To Stop Watching Animal Planet
California senator known for legislation against violent videogames indicted for gun trafficking
According to the MIT Media Lab, Justin Bieber isn’t even close to all-time famous. Look at the stats
When a homeopathic medicine contains real medicine, it gets recalled
∞ Base jumpers easily make it onto the new World Trade Center, jump, take incredible footage that looks like GTA V
Wikipedia founder’s response to an online petition calling for equal treatment of holistic healing
∞ Alcoholics Anonymous has little scientific support, helps very few who enter, blames the victim, and resists scrutiny
Did that giraffe really know his zookeeper was dying? Probably not. It is still beautiful? Yes.
Thanks to e-cigs, you can now buy barrels of liquid nicotine. The poisonings are piling up
The TSA, and most of us, think body language can give us away. It doesn’t.
It’s time to reject the term “substance abuser” if we want to treat it like the disorder it is
Saw a UFO? It was probably Sirius, not ET