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, Watch
Cyamid amphipods: Turning whale skin into the Grand Canyon since…well, since evolution
Buried alive, you’d get about 5 hours of air in a coffin. But at least you’d go unconscious before suffocating!
When a bullet lodged in the brain makes for a beautiful MRI
Huh. Watching the fluid dynamics of simulated pee is pretty fun
The layers of beauty hidden in butterfly *scales*
What does a million lines of code actually look like?
Darwin, the dad, let his kid doodle on his Origin of Species manuscript
Why we get scared too fast to consciously react
∞ Every cloud has a silver lining. Except mushroom clouds. That lining is thorium
Why are zombies so creepy looking? The eyes
Time travel sounds cool, but know that you are doing it right now!
“Quetzalcoatlus had the head of a stork, except instead of delivering babies it delivered death”
Getting mass, the physical concept, straight
∞ What would happen if all the world’s water was suddenly, chemically, “heavy”? A wonderfully nerdy analysis
Amazing what science can do: 3 photos of people posing with their own hearts
What’s bad for the oarfish is great for the scientist who wants to learn about the mysterious fish
NASA releases 8 never-before-seen space images. Of course, they’re incredible
∞ In 50-100 years, dead people on Facebook will outnumber the living. And we will have to learn how to mourn digitally
What Ender’s Game Gets Right About Communicating With Aliens. Even if a lion could speak English…
Using computers to simulate how an 80-ton dino once walked. (But I don’t buy that it picked up 2 legs at a time…)
“If uncertainty makes you feel icky, it’s probably best to step away from WebMD and try a real MD”
Where is the SARS reservoir? Bats, probably
∞ Hot water freezes faster than cold water because of expanded hydrogen bonds. Mystery solved!
The terrifying jewel wasp proves that reality is scarier than fiction
Did evolution put snake-fearing neurons in your brain? Maybe
Mermaids can’t exist because they would freeze to death
Look in the back of a reindeer’s eye, and what color you see depends on the season. Also squishiness
“When you search for it online, the truth may turn out to be whatever you need it to be.” On zombies and bias
∞ Your favorite animals are jerks, but that’s because we (mistakenly) think about animal morality in our own terms
“Bunny rabbits and butterflies could be very cool for young aliens from all corners of the galaxy”
Setting the record straight: Debunking ALL the flu vaccine myths
What happens if you are traveling close to light speed and you turn on a light? Head. Hurts.
How we conquered smallpox. The story is a lot messier than I learned.
∞ This is how a tick bites you. Like a small Ahab harpooning a whale (you).
“Most of the people you are descended from are no more genetically related to you than strangers are.”
One man had more impact on our atmosphere than any single organism, and he is just a speck in time
∞ Why Do I Study Physics? A fantastic animation as a graduation project
Fertilizer saves millions of lives, but it also lingers to cause damage long after we are gone
Scientists are working on a material that could save you from Predator (or an actual predator)
How a mental/physical quirk scared the hell out of us: The strange history of the Ouija Board
∞ Thank you for showing me a spider with Cthulhu on its back
Nerdery at its Finest
∞ Love this: Portraits of Cosplay Enthusiasts in their Homes
“I am vengeance! I am the night! I am…whatever.” Illustrations of the X-Men and Bat-family as hipsters
Ebola, use hemorrhage! FBI biosecurity Pokemon cards
The terrifying truth of Portal’s “companion cubes”
Those who picked Charmander struggled early game, but was it worth it? On that delayed gratification
∞ The best way to secure your computer? Use physics to make light that only you can see
The Song of Storms: How you learn it makes no freaking sense
You guys, custom Firefly LEGOs. Serenity is 7-feet long
You guys, we are so close to Star Wars speeder bikes
∞ The terrible Tidus laugh from FFX makes The Big Bang Theory seem like a terrible show
A list of 250+ Star Wars books in chronological order according to the canon, in case you need it
∞ Nerds, this will be your favorite website today: Scroll Down to Riker
You can all stay home, Steampunk Cyborg Frankenstein wins Halloween
GIFs and Images for Some Wow
∞ Put a banana flower in an MRI and you get something like biological fireworks
This parakeet has bilateral gonadromorphism. It’s a boy and a girl!
The elephant trunk snake has “baggy” skin and sharp scale, all the better to hold prey with
Purposely try to get your cat’s eyes to dilate, it’s awesome.
The power of artificial selection: Chihuahuas and Great Danes
∞ You can vaporize a metal screw by using it like a resistor
This dog shaking itself dry is particularly mesmerizing
Remember, spiders are more afraid of you than you are of…BLARGH GET IT OFF ME
∞ Good use for larvae number 987: Post-It note chestbursters
I really like this for some reason: Reversed aircraft carrier
They say not to stare at the sun, but in this case you probably should
Shoot a fake zombie head with a .50 caliber incendiary round? Sure, it’s Hallow…JEEZ
The Confederations Bridge in New Brunswick, Canada is to ice what a cheese grater is to cheese
Drills. can. drill. squares?
Do you think the owl monkey evolved to use its eyes at all?
In 1901, being a railway engineer was kinda like Lincoln Logs
∞ It’s unbelievable that we don’t break our hands when trying to break cinder blocks with them
We can all agree that Ohio State has the best/nerdiest marching band, right?
∞ Pretty sure this hybrid animal would take over the planet
Pop Culture Happenings
How World War Z should have ended. Exactly!
∞ Ghost hunters believe “The cake is a lie” scrawled on a chalk board is a spirit. Due. Diligence.
Can’t stop looking at this GIF set of before and after Photoshop celebrities. And you *must* go through them all…
∞ The Simpsons all have four fingers, so why isn’t their world base 8? There’s a fascinating reason
How do we know aliens don’t visit us? Because of the Chelyabinsk meteor
Anatomy nerds will want to pick up this (super expensive) book, a translation of a 16th century foundational text
Next flight: Use an iPad while typing on a laptop while talking on a phone while putting batteries in a Walkman
∞ David Attenborough narrates the twerking ritual of Miley Cyrus
No, one mile of highway for every five DOES NOT have to be straight in case it needs to be a landing strip
xkcd is absolutely brilliant here: 20th Century Headlines Rewritten for More Clicks
Secrets of the Universe: Past, Present, FutureX