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
? There is an elephant's foot underneath a failed Chernobyl reactor that could kill you in 300 seconds
"We can safely assume [decapitation by parasitic fly] is relatively distressing for the ant"
Need to image a heart better? Inject it with some metal, maybe
"As you can see, skeleton shrimp have taken the basic amphipod body plan and dialed all the features to 'scary'"
"Creationists reconstruct old stories from a book. Animals should not suffer and die for their design sins"
MIT scientists: Toughest tongue twister ever is "pad kid poured curd pulled cod"
? How the "Crazy Ant Strike Team" used cat food and neurotoxin to wipe out a real jerk of an ant
You can count the rings in a shark to tell its age, like a carnivorous tree!
Sharks do get cancer, by the way
What's easier than dyeing silk by hand? Feed silk worms dye, let their metabolism to the work
The way that city design is trying to change your behavior
Great video on Carl Akeley, the father of modern taxidermy
Not your typical ISS timelapse. Wow
? "There is no weather feature exactly, consistently like this anywhere else in the solar system."
The Last Thing You Would See If You Were Eaten by a Penguin (Is Pretty Cool)
Newly processed high-res view of a fractured icy moon, Dione
How birds can sleep on branches...maybe
Very cool compilation of NASA ISON semi-destruction videos
? After almost 100 years, we finally have another study to establish ZOMBIE SNAILS
A survey of the exoplanets in our neighborhood
"In the current media environment, a list is perfectly designed for our brain."
A LOT of speculation here, but still interesting: Did Jesus turn the other cheek because neuroscience?
Using meme faces to explain our search for exoplanets
Where do humans actually rank on the food chain? It depends on how you define it
Climate change is quickly bringing a pine-killer into New Jersey forests
Trying to explain a mystery that involves one (or maybe two) of the prettiest stars I've ever seen
Finally establishing a predator that uses flower camouflage to attract pollinators
Do giraffes float? Kinda, according to computer models
Stopping manure pits from exploding by throwing antibiotics into them. It might all blow up in our face
Why the universe looks fine-tuned for life, but isn't
? The odd walk that parapsychology has taken to study the afterlife, with almost nothing to show for it
? The best Lord of the Rings GIF is a flipbook in the book itself
Want to read a paper about the climate of Middle Earth? Here you go [PDF]
Oh, the stones from Temple of Doom are totally opal gemstone
Strengite is what Smaug would covet most
This ridiculous horse stunt makes me so happy
? "Chances are the water in your soda has never been in another soda; almost all of it has been drunk by a dinosaur"
Yes. This is the best Pacific Rim cosplay
Smugness is proportional to the negative second derivative of the rate of TV ownership over time
The one thing you needed after The Walking Dead midseason heartbreaker...DUBSTEP
? Out of the four TRILLION ways to play a game of Connect Four, there are a few "perfect" games. Learn one of them
Playing an intentionally glitched version of Super Mario 64 is a literal acid nightmare
Introversion: "I just appreciate silence in a world that never stops talking."
I have taken 16 flights in the last 5 weeks. To pass the time, I have been slowly, scientifically annotating all the SkyMalls I find. Here's my current handiwork:
- "Toning" is a myth!
- Reflexology for $130
- "Natural" LED light therapy means very little
- "All natural" supplements are useless, potentially harmful
- You'd be surprised what is "effective" for back pain, next traveler reading my SkyMall, even placebo
Sciencey GIFs and Images
Lighting makes all the difference when it comes to faces
? Stunning image showing 19th century naval voyages, realizing trade winds and outlines of continents
You can cut water in half if you have the right knife
? One of my favorite Mythbusters moments was this expertly visualized example of relative velocity
Were you aware of how much cool fluid mechanics goes on during a dive?
Painting with the flow of ink in water is the coolest
I absolutely love these "3D" environment paintings by Georges Rousse
Seeing a (Bryde's) whale attack a bait ball is something I want to see before I die
Pop Culture Happenings
? Base jumper (who is OK) filmed his accidental encounter with a cliff face, set it to music, and it is EPIC
Bill Nye's Open Letter to Barack Obama: Planetary science needs special funding because it IS special
We Are Nature: Amazing double and triple exposure portraits that make me long for the woods
? Katie Couric doubles down on HPV misinformation as critical coverage grows
Artist turns her rooms into a "Stage of Mind"
Sobering, thorough interactive experience: The Untold Story of America's Mass Killings
To prove a point, security researcher makes nearly a dozen weapons from the stuff found after airport security
? So...Kyle Lambert is pretty much the best finger painter ever, huh?
Would-be ghost hunters don't just burn down houses, they get killed trying to find phantasms
? "Love, robots, and salsa" summarizes the absolute weirdest twitter battle I have ever seen
J.J. Abrams admits lying about Star Trek 2's Khan was a mistake