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Nerds and Words: Week 9

But Not SimplerBy Kyle HillMarch 2, 2014 11:38 PM

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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, WatchThe blind have more nightmares

, and it gets more interesting from there A whale graveyard where dozens of ancient giants met their end by something almost microscopic

Sock for the heart

, and you're to blame. You give science a good name The fruit fly's refusal to be monogamous tells us something about how intelligence evolved

When your friend is down, lend a helping trunk

, elephants do Giant scary birds were giant, scary, but probably not mammal-munchers

 A wasp with a zombifying stinger able to sense its way through a cockroach brain

in under a minute The jewel wasp is the preeminent cockraoch brain surgeon

What does Smaug have in common with a beetle? More than you may think

Robots of a rotor synchronize their motors

We are simultaneously on the precipice of several different cliffs

.”  What's better than talking science? Talking science with geeky 11-year olds! Listen here

Spiders can hear human activity and learn to work around it

"When we look into the eyes of an elephant, we should recognize an intellectual equal

"  We bleed 500,000 horseshoe crabs a year for medical services we absolutely cannot get anywhere else

Why we should eat more (delicious) bugs

to save the world Watch the world's fastest wire-bending machine

forever We have found a bacterium that kills Zebra mussels

A simple task that shows how important the scientific method is: Can You Solve This

? I honestly didn't know how LEDs worked until Minute Physics explained it with electron spas and parties

Could A Skyrim Shout Ever Knock Someone Over

? Arachnophobes imagine spiders as bigger and closer than they really are

(but they really are everywhere) The rock that hit the moon

had more energy than is released in the fission of 1 gram of U-235 "The Secret" assumes an extreme emotion is always good. It's wrong: The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking

Why don't we get outraged over the nonsense sold at Whole Foods

? Alan Alda wants to make scientists better communicators by making them actors

, but really just more "human" Visualizing 100,000 asteroids at once

is of course beautiful Have you thought of the invasive species crawling around beneath your feet

? The natural selection of oblong egg shape in seabirds, in one GIF

The Cassini spacecraft crosses Saturn's ring plane, inadvertently photographs the best scifi book cover ever

Extreme Nerdery

GLaDOS makes an appearance

in a NASA science explainer video If you make your golf ball-powered rocket just right, you can score ALL the hole-in-ones

A True Detective infographic

that is obsessive, speculative, and awesome, just like the show There is a protist in a termite gut that is named Cthulhu

If everyone in The Hobbit was a lady

. Fantastic Incoming transmission Captain

... Eventually, Godzilla will be so big

that no kaiju could take it down  My new favorite instrument can play the Super Mario theme better than anything

Kramer was right about the Ukraine in Risk

It had to happen: A robot that could destroy your Flappy Bird high-score

Sciencey GIFs and Images Still little more chilling than nuclear testing in black and white

Chinese pest eradication poster

, Ding Hao (1958) A murmation of beautiful murmation photos

Set alcohol vapors alight and you get a gorgeous cross between a brain and a developing blastula

You saw the Moon and Saturn together

, now see the GIF of the Moon eating Saturn

 Besides brilliant science communication and funny comics, xkcd also makes actually useful infographics

Following only what's in the games...prepare yourself...people ARE Pokemon

You guys, 3D WELDING

A GIF from MARS

 A moist owlet

Pop Culture Happenings Finally, some footage of Li Hongbo's amazing paper sculptures

It's exactly what we were worried about: Bill Nye Debate Sparked Funding 'Miracle'

A History of Clickbait: The First 100 Years

Hyping Your Conspiracy Theory In 5 Easy Steps

 A ticker tape of real-time porn search terms

(very NSFW, very interesting) Huh. Those "Do Drugs" pencils were real

, and only changed after a kid noticed Who Said It: Ted Nugent or Eric Cartman

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