July 21, 2013 | 2
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
∞ YES. Here’s the link to the new COSMOS trailer
No. Saturn Wouldn’t Float in Water. I thought this for so long until I was set straight with physics
∞ The (awesome) physics of why a swarm of caterpillars can be faster than any one by itself. EVOLUTION.
It’s not about the Mermaids: Animal Planet’s track record of fabricated reality
How Forensic Linguistics Outed J.K. Rowling (And James Madison, Barack Obama, and the Rest of Us)
Controversy surrounds these (possibly) head-butting dinos
∞ Best read this week: The story of an amazing scientist whose tragic slip into pseudoscience gave rise to multivitamins
SCIENCE! Smart surgical knife could help tell doctors what tissue is cancerous
Not everyone who argues against vaccination is “crazy,” but you should know how to deal with the fringe
The coolest fireworks are from a nuclear bomb exploded in space
∞ What Good Is Half A Sucker? A cool study on evolution and an answer to the old creationist canard
We have a T. rex! And it’s a hunter AND a scavenger. Ending the fake debate
Weeds are annoying, resilient masters of evolution
Seeing a piece of pitch drop is so f***ing satisfying
Acoustic levitation and sodium exploding water, what more do you want?
∞ Phantom phone vibrations are a consequence of you never wanting to miss a call and a healthy psychology
YOU HAVE DIED OF DYSENTERY Or why the Oregon Trail has ~10 graves per mile on it.
To me the most amazing bit about the human helicopter is how *slowly* the blades spin and it still works
Why were the humacopter rotors so big? They throw a lot of air balls down, duh
How déjà vu might work, or why it could really be a glitch in the matrix
∞ Revisiting all the best Nessie photos and…nope, still doesn’t exist
The physics behind walking on broken glass
Is sugar really toxic? (Spoiler: No). Comprehensive piece
Science is not a path towards truth; therein lies its greatest strength. But creationism…
∞ What’s the hardest thing to find in the universe? Hint: It has 85 protons and a great history
How do you get blood from a stone? Find one of these weird creatures. Answering a viral photo
Maybe you should keep your cat inside, because they are mini bird apocalypses
Let’s not throw the evolutionary pyschology baby out with the bathwater, but some of its proponents are kinda douchebags
∞ The shark that made its tail into a weapon (a really good one too). It’s a fin flail!
Compelling piece with some astonishing facts: The Horrible Psychology of Solitary Confinement
Climate change is melting our ice, but revealing a peaceful invasion of glass
∞ When a snake expert says he’s got the coolest snake ever to show you, you listen
The Mad Hatterpillar: Also a head-banger
Nicely skeptical piece on why gluten is the new MSG
What is the scrotum for anyway? I think it should have a rib cage…
SuperFreakonomics is SuperFreakingWrong on global warming
A closer look at some of the guns science uses to mow down ignorance
Imagine having to get into a clam by rapping your knuckles on it. Hard right? Not for this shrimp
“While searching for knowledge we must abide by ignorance for an indefinite period”
∞ A wow-beat piece that gave me a lesson in science reporting: Charged bees and spider webs, so what?
How the attempt to sequence “Bigfoot’s genome” went off track. (You might need a bio degree to read it)
Watching bats fly in an x-ray is a science job I envy
Will we long for that mote of dust in the sunbeam? A homesick astronaut on Mars
Nerdery at its Finest
∞ While constructing additional pylons, gamers are getting a working knowledge of cancer in StarCraft
XKCD with some more good skeptical advice on quantum mechanics. (We’re talking about you Chopra)
A Fallout fan film that could be a movie: Nuka Break-Red Star
Why does the shadow in this unedited image cast a future action? Cool optics on display
Possible spoilers but fun: How many people would a Kaiju need to eat everyday?
How we think we would react to aliens tells us a lot about ourselves
Blast through Blade Runner in 60 seconds with stick figures
If you pick up a seashell and don’t hold it to your ear, you can probably still hear the ocean
∞ You live in the past. For you, nothing is *now*. Unless you are The Flash
These guys can world-record speed run Half-Life 2, but honestly, that is one game I wouldn’t want to
XKCD making the killer skeptical point here: We’ve settled ghosts, Bigfoot, and UFOs
What is weight? No, really, what in physics’ name is it?
∞ My favorite What If so far: How long would it take for the world to drain, and what would it look like?
GIFs and Images for 2-Seconds of Wow
Just some Flickr photos from an astronaut showing the toolbox on the ISS
∞ I don’t want to scare you, but chemists know how to release the kraken
I wish I could have a dog made out of circuit boards…
The Mississippi River is basically the US’s urethra
Any of these artsy science prints would be great for the inquisitive kid
North America has had way more suitors than I thought over the centuries, or so this GIF showed me
So cool: What is actually inside a golf ball?
∞ Up realllly close, the tip of a ballpoint pen looks like a bleeding self-aware robot
I linked to a cool shot of a photographer with burning shoes on a lava flow. It’s fake…kinda
In case you had a trade dispute with the Klingons: A massive map of Star Trek space
Our own Moon can look bizarre if you simply go around the back
Atomic explosions have an odd beauty to them
∞ It makes you think it was evolved to blend into a bench
Holy wow. Every time I stumble on these 2D yet 3D drawings I am blown away
Elastic collisions with volleyballs and glass are saweet. Like a glass cannon
∞ Physics: It works bitches
Remember that scene from The Thing where they test everyone’s blood? You can really do that, but with H2O2
Why do vulcanologists refer to “lava rope”? Because of this prettiness
Painting optical illusions onto people is visually pretty tiring
Perpetual snake motion machine is a high thread count bed sheet
With enough pictures of the moon landing, you can make it look 3D
∞ From space, Peru looks like crushed paper in the most beautiful way
GIF of a cicada molting is a metaphor for the coming of age film, maybe
Other things happen too
The Anti-Vaccine Body Count is always a sobering reminder of pseudoscience’s true harm
∞ The must-read background if you don’t see the harm in Jenny McCarthy and her positions on vaccines
Sometimes the social media focus seems a bit trivial
An Open Letter to the Worst Waxwork Museum in America. It *owns* the uncanny valley, in a bad way
∞ This webcomic shows exactly how I feel about writing some days (partly because it was based on me)
How to become an enlightened internet user
“Numerology is bogus, but art based on numbers has a beautiful random quality.”
When will we have the first leaf-cutter ant superPAC?
A bunch of jacketed hippies have a drum circle with exposed ice
I like to stay away from “look how weird this robot is” stuff, but, um….does it have to dance?
When someone showed that you can cook an egg in Death Valley, we responded by trying to cook ALL OF THEM
When Penn and Teller created the worst videogame ever