Nerds and Words: Week 20

But Not SimplerBy Kyle HillMay 18, 2014 10:28 PM


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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 Why a dead blue whale is so important

to science The third picture in this BBC piece on remote-controlled surgery

completely blows my mind What Seven Years at the Bottom of the Sea Does to a Shipping Container

Potentially the biggest dinosaur ever discovered

has man-sized bones Everything tastes salty, and only salty

, to whales. They're unlike all other mammals GE has made new MRIs that are getting ever closer to frog levitation

Title of study including 1.2 million children: "Vaccines are not associated with autism

" More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for ADHD

outside pediatric guidelines The scariest inhabitant of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch


: The smell after it rains Take Steven Pinker's short psychology quiz

"Gluten sensitivity": Probably a nocebo response from a food fad

Why octopus arms never get tangled

How you give a spider a personality test

(POKE IT) In a few decades, Jupiter's Great Red Spot could be gone

What Do Animals See in a Mirror

? A new way to measure animal energy expenditure

, expect for jellies, which nail the whole drifting thing You and your mom are even more connected than you think

The Internet and the Web are not the same thing

, and one is a deep, dark ocean How much of fairness is innate? That's a really complicated question

New study on cell phone use and brain cancer doesn't really find anything either way

Climate change is dire, but the timescales are long

 John Oliver and Bill Nye show the only real way to have a climate change debate

Does This Cannon Make My Butt Look Big

? Extreme Nerdery Suitably epic Game of Thrones infographic

will get you up to date on the coming winter  Godzilla urinates like a thunderstorm

Dude has a MUCH better movie room

than you (if you have one) Those giant Super Mario bullets are nothing to be afraid of

, because physics Pokemon drawn as Mayan art

is GREAT. Jurassic Park lied to you: A T. rex could totally see you

better than you could see it FINALLY pneumatic Wolverine claws

 This is the military's actual plan to put down a zombie horde

...even from space Some math on the most expensive lawsuit EVER

Why do men gender-switch in games more than women? The hot avatars

Don't try to stabilize Brad Pitt from 12 Monkeys, it just gets weirder

Realistic Yoshi

is how you'd expect a meeting with a live dinosaur would go There is some monster bass behind Godzilla's roar sound design

 We don't get to see all of Sherlock's mistakes

xkcd's Randall Munroe on "What If" and the time Google trolled him

Beach body

"A list of movies that had a key character acquire superpowers from egregious violations of safe workplace practices

" Real-world Bioshock Infinite health regeneration is reallllly trashy

Sitting down with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, talking about Spider-Man and science

This Super Mario/Game of Thrones intro mash-up

is perfect The glaring inaccuracies of The Desolation of Smaug

, because pedantry  I stomp around with some Godzilla biology

in my first Nerdist video! Sciencey GIFs and Images Heavy rainfall on sand dunes can lead to large-scale slumping

Dolphin uppercut

Really dude

? Picture of Pogonomyrmex californicus burnt into an aluminum nest cast

Long week. You need this sloth GIF so much

After surgery to remove cancer from the right half of her pelvis, Jen O'shea discovered she had a new talent

A heated drop of lead hitting water

hides the crazy complicated physics going on with awesomeness  NEVER take the skin off a robot if it is a robot baby

Twitter's logo is made from circles

These sloth facts are totally wrong and adorable

Science GIF Hall of Fame Inductee #005: Reverse crab molt

"Evolution made the male ruff bird after watching one too many British period dramas

." Opportunity traced the position of the Sun on Mars

at the same time of day over a Martian year Strong magnet versus old TV

You don't need special effects if you have a good camera and some ferrofluid

Belief in a higher power over time

Real-life Zelda cuckoo attack

We are sure that owls aren't Batman right

? Pollution looked real odd

on May 14, 2011 Neptune and its faint rings

, imaged by Voyager, wowed at by me See a flower poop a strawberry

The Best Way To Transport A Rhino? Upside Down, Tied to a Helicopter

Neil Tyson on while you should wear your seatbelt ALL THE TIME

Seeing an atom bomb explode

is always going to be one of those "what have we created..." moments I don't care what it's actually called, it is the MC Hammer bird to me

Just imagine stepping on this on the beach

for a second Ahh. The physics of baseball

Long-exposure light-tipped helicopter

Cats also act like a field

when exposed to an outside pressure wave Pop Culture Happenings Alexandra Khitrova got a new career after finding out she was amazing at fantasy concept art

New York: Stop using soap with microbeads

and messing up the ocean and get a loofah The hand-painted and animated "GIF-iti" of artist INSA

is inspired  This is probably the only stretch of water that no one will save you from. The reason? It's electrified

The ice cream truck song was the melody for one of the most racist songs ever

This gallery of HR Giger art

disturbed me, which is probably what he would have wanted Give yourself a bedbug tattoo

, because reasons! Love the scientific typeface that illustrates great inventions

A measured longread on the quagmire that is GMO labeling politics

 This little kid is better at yo-yo than I am at anything

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford

There are Number 1 pencils

!  So interesting: Should a self-driving car drive you off a cliff

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