Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 22
By Kyle Hill on June 1, 2014
Digging through the web this week, I 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
∞ Their lives, demise, and reappearance (in Game of Thrones): The Hidden History of The Dire Wolf
The size and motion of all known trans-Neptunian objects discovered since 1992
∞ The parasite that turns insects into water kamikazes
I could watch octopus footage all day if it looks this good
NASA’s IRIS catches a glimpse of its first coronal mass ejection
This moon of Saturn has the weirdest mountain range and we have little idea why
The Silence of the Crickets: Convergent evolution at its most awesome
You are just math. Everything is math! Maybe.
Turns out the human extinction machine is chugging along much faster than we thought
This spider looks like poop on purpose
Veritasium very casually blows your mind about the observable universe and the speed of light
“The researchers suspect that older monkeys shun alcohol because of the stresses of monkey politics.”
Nice write-up and video of the cosmic calamity that will end our galaxy
∞ A dead star pulses in the heart of the Crab Nebula
SpaceX SuperDraco thruster test fired in TX.
All the ways we’ve gotten the hyena wrong over the centuries
Always a good time to stare at some gelatinous zooplankton
What is vertigo? Are you dizzy yet?
When a queen dies in a colony of Indian jumping ants, so begins a Game of Thrones
This vaccine study on chimps to save chimps is the first of its kind, it also may be the last
Maybe Einstein’s brain wasn’t all that special
The Humbolt squid saves energy by shutting down its whole metabolism. Every day.
Bruce Lee’s one-inch-punch had even more to do with his mind than his body
A really cool 3D simulator of orbital objects
Damn astronaut vandals!
Watching Fassbender and McAvoy do impressions of Stewart and McKellen is lovely
Inventor Colin Furze continues to be totally batshit by inventing “Pyro” wrist flame throwers
∞ Stabilized Star Trek looks as ridiculous as you think
More stabilized Star Trek: TNG edition
A map of the damn Water Temple for your edification.
∞ NASA has a gorgeous gallery of Mass Effect-style space habitats. They’re almost 50 years old
This subreddit asks you to deduce details from pictures of strangers’ homes. Because BBC Sherlock.
Neil Tyson math: Bill Gates wouldn’t pick up anything less than $45,000 on the street
You can’t get drunk from drinking a really drunk person’s blood. Just FYI
Everything seems normal in this MIT game until you start walking at light-speed
Is Batman using this little science trick to escape thugs?
FFX’s Sin is still impressive in Minecraft
You can thank me when your hearts are replenished
Sciencey GIFs and Images
∞ Very useful animation explaining the awesome “rolling shutter effect”
I’d rather get an octopus in a bottle than a message
Love this optical illusion of a beating heart. (It’s a static image, your brain is the weird bit)
∞ While on the Moon, astronauts made sure to prove that without air resistance, a feather and hammer fall the same way
An F-15 engine test makes me feel like less of a badass, which I am not
Your favorite canid is the maned wolf. I know this.
It just wants to glide over for a quick hello
Goblin shark has extendable mouth needles
Play with your mantis like your kitty
When water is so clear it looks like your have another layer of skin on your hand
I want the ocean’s toothbrush
“Don’t tread on me” works better when you can really back it up
∞ I’ve watched MythBusters for a decade, and this might be my favorite
Science GIF Hall of Fame Inductee #007: Ultra slo-mo glass break
Damn my brain’s lighting and shading assumptions!
Pop Culture Happenings
How often men and women masturbate, based on self-report
Glenn Beck Thinks Watch Dogs Teaches People How To Hack In Real Life, Is Stupid
PETA doubles down on suggesting dairy and autism are linked
∞ Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
Reading Rainbow is currently triple-funded
The Wormhole Actualization Machine. “See you in hyperspace.”
A tornado. Of bugs. A bugnado.
Japan to attempt Game of Thrones-style fix to stop the flow of radioactive ground water
Totally failed this great animal, mineral, or vegetable quiz, with 26%
∞ Chasing the Cicada: Exploring the Darkest Corridors of the Internet
Jim will paint you anything in Paint. Anything.