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Nerds and Words: Week 30

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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

When do kids understand death? A perplexing part of growing up.

Why do some crocodiles eat fruit? Not quite sure, but we have some theories

“The first stars were born of hydrogen, but they died in a cloud of heavier atoms.”

Don’t worry, this ball of congregating flies isn’t a sign of the apocalypse

The dancing mud of New Zealand makes bubble physics all the more pronounced

Usain Bolt uses 92% of his energy just to fight the air he rushes through

Parasitic wasp gets a free ride on a damselfly…only to doom the fly’s eggs with her own

How big is our solar system? Here’s a fun way to see for yourself

The Poets of Starlight. A lovely post on how the natural world calls to scientists.

Huh. Shrapnel isn’t a thing, it is the guy who invented it

Yes, we can trust Monsanto with our food.

Mouseunculus: How The Brain Draws A Little You. The kind of science that makes your eyes widen.

With an electron microscope and some software, we now have incredible videos of up-close everything

FYI: You can get about a million miles from the Sun before dying

Now Curiosity is a pale blue dot. Kinda poetic

It’s absolutely amazing to see “real-live death” move through an animal

Sugar doesn’t make children act badly, but parents might

Thanks to one war photographer, two soldiers will live forever in the annals of fascinating physics

Need to chill out? This helped me: A Year of the Sky

Before we establish “Bigfoot language”, we need to establish the existence of Bigfoot

There’s a name for when something obscure to you suddenly seems to be everywhere

How Could We Stop An Asteroid? With LASER BEES

It’s a Myth That Cheetahs Overheat While Hunting. ‘Nuff said.

New species of shrew has a spine of the Gods, Gods with flowing blonde hair and sexy stubble

It’s summer time, so get your bug drugs straight: Busting five myths of mosquito repellents

If you’re a tropical tourist, be gentle with coral! You’ll impale them with their own skeletons

Good. God. In Bacon Therapy, the Meat Isn’t for You: It’s for the Bugs Eating Your Skin

“Without loyalty, a meadow would be a much less colourful place.”

“Gravity waves” have little to do with gravity but are still very pretty from space

Even the desert would rather put The Phantom Menace behind it. At least it was good for science.

You can learn a lot more than “woah” from firing a gun underwater

Zebrafish neurons fluorescently labeled with the Brainbow method

Destroying priceless works of art with light, moisture, and xenophobia

Stop it paleo-nerds, you can’t beat a T. rex in an arm-wrestle

The Lagoon So Beautiful (and Toxic) It Had to Be Dyed Black

Think you know where the hottest place on Earth is? Satellites do

An ostrich can run a marathon in 40 minutes, so yes, feel bad about your stupid human legs

Why everything that movies told you about amnesia is probably wrong


Nerdery at its Finest

Wolverine Science (Snikt!): What does a Wolverine without regenerative powers have to fear? Concussions, cancer, and magnets. Examining the healing powers of an X-man. What if Wolverine couldn’t heal [Infographic]. The science behind adamantium and alloys. Everything wrong with the second film.

What if You Were Fus Ro Dah’d? A fun analysis that gets a bit number-happy.

Where would you find a real Sharknado?

Pacific Rim Science:How a Jaeger rocket punch is a 747 to a Kaiju face. How could you create dry land on the bottom of the ocean? Detonate a nuke. A biological guide to the film. What makes Pacific Rim’s battles look so epic? Scale.

Got time to kill? Find the 48 scientific errors in this photo

17 people you probably saw at Comic Con


GIFs and Image for Two Second of WOW

*Bad* taxidermy…Also ironically awesome

These “water as it is perfectly covering you” photos captivate me

When military snipers try to mimic great animal camouflage, they do a pretty damn good job

I don’t think cheetahs like the rain, but I watched this for about a minute before deciding that

Hungry, hungry water tension

A seahorse gives birth like a sneeze

A skull at the shore of Very Salty Lake

Sometimes a landslide looks like the Earth letter her hair down

A galaxy in a lighter

OMG the Earth from Saturn

I see your water tornado, and raise you a fire tornado.

Quicksand can be a non-Newtonian fluid

FYI: You can also release the kraken with calcium gluconate

So awesome: Bees are nature’s 3D printer, and a great video of the “3-B” printing process

It’s amazing to watch an animal other than a human be amazed by something

What happens when a wind turbine doesn’t properly brake during a storm

DJ Chameleon. That is all


Oh yeah, other stuff happens too

Cosplay crossovers are officially over. These two win.

I’d train for the Olympics just for that meteorite-infused medal

Tight-lipped prisoners are more cooperative than college kids in a classic moral dilemma

It’s my favorite image of Comic Con too.

The accurate scientific fear factor

Celebrate the Moon landing with 10 debunked ‘Moon Hoax’ arguments

Alan Turing is set to be pardoned. But only by teaching his full story can we honor his memory

And the winner for most annoying ringtone goes to

Chinese “nail houses” that refuse to be torn down are fascinating

The time when James Randi un-convinced Barbara Walters that Uri Geller was something special

Science makes little gods

You shall not pass: The weapon inspectors of San Diego Comic-Con

Kyle Hill About the Author: Kyle Hill is a freelance science writer and communicator who specializes in finding the secret science in your favorite fandom. Follow on Twitter @Sci_Phile.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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  1. 1. k banco 6:11 pm 07/28/2013

    awesome links, yet again! If we ever find some good links ourselves, would you like us to share with you?

    Link to this
  2. 2. jtdwyer 5:07 am 07/29/2013
    “In fluid dynamics, gravity waves are waves generated in a fluid medium or at the interface between two media which has the restoring force of gravity or buoyancy. An example of such an interface is that between the atmosphere and the ocean, which gives rise to wind waves.”

    While not gravitational waves, gravity waves certainly do require the influence of gravity…

    Link to this

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