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Nerds and Words: Week 26

But Not Simpler
By Kyle Hill
Jun 30, 2013 9:02 PMNov 20, 2019 12:49 AM


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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, Write, and Watch

Blame the Victim, But Get a Bentley

. What would it be like if "The Secret" was right? Learned a ton from this: The Devil's Tumor

Do fetuses poop

? Kinda? Meet "the Mr. T of gastropods

" What does tennis grunting actually do

besides make a racket? (heh) Amazing physics on display: The jar of beads that empties itself

How to tell if a “shark in flooded city streets after a storm” photo is a fake in 5 easy steps

An ode to a chalk octopus and a sauntering cat

Why we can no longer think of obesity as simple thermodynamics

Is science close to the fabled head transplant

? Floating mystery blob is actually a gelatinous tube of squid

. Yay nature! Insightful, comprehensive: Do Some Harm

. Best analysis of the failure of Chinese medicine I've ever read To beat cancer, we might have to outsmart evolution

A father's genetic quest to understand his daughter's disease

A physicist looks at the universe and finds that God is not a good theory

Good time to revisit: Will changing your profile picture

do anything for marriage equality? How Uncertainty Can Help Fight Science Denialism

We have just smashed the record for the oldest sequenced genome

with horse bones Try explaining intelligent design to this struggling Tapir with an enormous and flexible penis

What magnets can tell you about SCOTUS rulings

A myth about Komodo dragons bites the dust

(A myth which I totally believed, until science) "There’s no reason at all not to tell readers if no peer review has vetted the information

." Fantastic use of GIFs in a science story: How to recycle glass bottles

. How science removes the purpose from life while making it even more astounding

Archimedes didn't build a death ray, but his real inventions are still fascinating us

“Suicide peaks with the tulips and lilacs." Clues in the Cycle of Suicide

The Fungus that Reduced Humanity to The Last of Us

. How a new videogame is using science to bring us the most realistic zombies ever. So you want to be a science writer

? How an AK-47 can re-chamber itself faster underwater

than in air "In harvesting the fruits of wonder, we came into our own as a species." Did wonder evolve

? Wine tasting is bunk

, full of a "vocabulary of bullshit" How the beauty of a butterfly's wings is a study in cosmic uncertainty

Does homeopathic mosquito repellent work? No

. Just like any other homeopathic pill A levitating superconductor on a mobius strip

is like an awesome science train Nerdom at its Finest In The Last of Us, there is more than one kind of clicker

An Educational Video on Graboids

. In case you were heading out with Kevin Bacon into the desert anytime soon You guys, I've found Daft Punk's next instrument

. It might be even better than their helmets Astronomers are so easy to fool when it comes to habitable exoplanets

Only for the well-versed in physics: Could Superman punch you into space

? I bought this t-shirt today

because it combines three things I love to nerd out about into one. Nerd > Hipster Reminder: Little girls are still better at designing superheroes than you

A Biophysicist Fact-Checks World War Z

The only thing World War Z has in common with the book is the title

. Really XCKD on the weirdest world record: Number of hotdogs eaten while skydiving in a wing-suit

When The Last of Us are Left, How Long Would it Take to Transcribe Wikipedia?

The many worlds hypothesis of Pokemon

What is the name of that guy from Star Trek

again? This simple comic-related question took an amazing turn: Scooby-Doo and Secular Humanism

Life-Size Lego Alien Facehugger

Pop-culture moves ahead with feathered dinosaurs

even if Jurassic Park will not GIFs and Images for 2-seconds of Fun If you aim high and think positive, sometimes you get your horns caught in the power lines

Olympus Mons makes Hawaii like pretty pathetic volcano-wise

Afraid of Jaws? Just be glad we don't see his ancient cousin anymore

A super infographic: Every Super Power

! This is an upside-down butterfly that looks like a right-side up moth

I'm no gun nut, but the intricacies of a flying tank shell are mesmerizing

GIF not for the squeamish: Keeping a donor heart alive

Reminder: Scientifically, at some point, that Internet commenter was nothing but an asshole

Reminder: Goblin shark mouths exist

Reminder: Natural beauty is everywhere

An ocean in an opal

Stare at the black dot, and the moving bar changes color

. Your brain is weird Still maybe my favorite shuttle launch photo

Ohhhhh. This is where arachnophobia comes from

Awesome. Drawing the Joker only with salt on a black surface

Science fact > Science fiction: The Flight Deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour

After re-watching Jurassic Park last night, reeeeeallly hard not to start posting this picture on pseudoscience websites

Just another day at the beach with a water spout

Most accurate golfer or most trusting friend. William Tell with a golf ball

When a black hole eats a star


I'm no radiologist, but when x-ray'd, corsets look like the jack up ladies pretty bad

. Absolutely Fascinating Vegetation on Earth over the course of a year

Teeth: weirder when in your face

Oh Yeah, Other Things Happen in the World Some science to print out for the kids: The Drake Equation Illustrated

Bullet art

that is "a static testament to an energy that was once violently kinetic." Interesting: Are seniors more satisfied with life if they have pets

? Now that is Mass Effect cosplay

Take the evil "Literacy Test"

Louisiana gave black voters in the 1960s. You'll fail. Opponents of gay marriage going through the five stages of grief

What caused the fall of the Roman empire? Everything

8 Lessons MST3K Taught Me About Writing, Life, and Everything

All Jose Canseco's knowledge bombs about science collected in one place

, and when they were a win for science communication

Your kids never heard of Mister Rogers? Fix that with this lovely auto-tuned song

You can look at a 30-year Google Earth timelapse

of any place on the planet Man with Parkinson's switches off his brain pacemaker with dramatic results

Playing first-person Pac-Man

makes it way more intense I was skeptical at first, but this uber hydrophobic spray is chemistry MAGIC

Time magazine is completely wrong about atheists not helping in Oklahoma

For the 90s kids: Beanie babies didn't really hold their value

Tricking out camels


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