Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 23
By Kyle Hill on June 8, 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
The thing that ate that tagged great white was another great white
∞ Where did the dire wolf come from and where did it go? Know something Jon Snow
Some frogs use artificial sex megaphones
The dire consequences of the anti-vaccine movement becoming painfully clear
“CONCLUSIONS: Potential injury to erectile tissue caused by electrosurgery on the penis cannot be underestimated.”
New study describes a great leap forward in using DNA for diagnoses
Quantum and Consciousness: “Lots of things are mysterious. That doesn’t mean they’re connected”
∞ This catfish has an exquisite, and so far unique, pH sense. It’s awesome and barely understood
Found the awesome video source of the ocean sponges being vespene geysers
How much do nature’s environmental defenses save us? Trillions.
“NASA’s current budget invites the loss of the international perception that spaceflight is what the US does best.”
Today in depressing reality: 7 reasons America will fail on climate change
Did you see The Daily Show cover liberal America’s vaccine opposition dilemma? It’s great
Today in Animals are Dicks: Walruses are seal and bird hunters too
We used to think some weird stuff. “The fumes from the basil will transform the vegetable matter into scorpions.”
Sorting through the hype surrounding mirror neurons
Hubble just released the best image of our universe yet
Researchers fired bullets at spider webs to see how they are tuned like guitar strings for bugs to pluck
∞ Our attempt to make a perfect sphere is so close, if you made the ball Earth-size it’d be off by 15mm
In mice, bursts of light can give memories and it can taketh away
No one on Earth can outrun the latest robot out of Korea.
How a physicist is helping find wine frauds
A fascinating science demo you can do at home with sand and sugar: Spontaneous stratification
Hurricanes with female names kill more people…maybe, or not. Like gender perception, it’s complicated
Diethyl zinc: “It grabs any O2, including those in human tissue, and uses them to create fire.”
Synapses are WAY more complicated than you learned in BIO 101
∞ How the northern death adder lures worm-eating prey is downright mesmerizing. I’d be lured in
Mathematically, it is abnormal to be normal in most areas
Calm down with this beautiful octopus video
Urine is not sterile, and neither is the rest of you
∞ Could that really happen in Game of Thrones? You know what I’m talking about
Awesome article about the clingfish, but the fantastic GIF is really all you need to know
Win a wolf sanctuary tour and helicopter ride with GRR Martin
The Matrix copied everybody. See?
∞ You are closer than you think to robot-punching aliens like Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow
The latest Angry Birds update worked with NASA to teach peeps about asteroids!
All the summer movies you missed, generalized and in a single take
∞ I interviewed the guy who puts fruit in MRIs and makes those wonderful GIFs
Realistic Koopa shells is kinda like last week’s Game of Thrones
A murmation of starlings would have to be ginormous in order to collapse under gravity
Sciencey GIFs and Images
A columnar snowflake with accumulated super-cooled droplets imaged with an SEM
Would love to know the confused genes that made this snake “piebald’
And this is why you don’t hide under trees during a lightning storm kids
∞ Immediately regretting the decision to use the flash…
The HMS London (1918) featuring lovely “dazzle camouflage”
∞ If you see one incredible thing today, make it this poor crab who learned about pressure differentials the hard way
Listen to the gentle song of the drumming jumping spider
Make your own simple rail gun with some magnets!
On Mars, sand forms can be hundreds of meters tall, bigger than dunes. They are “draas.”
Saved this jumping spider GIF directly to my phone to respond to trolls with because it is the best
Wow! Sponges filter water through themselves way faster than you think!
This is Hercules. He’s a “liger”. He’s 922 pounds.
Never seen a basking shark? Now’s the time
That thing where you’re fixing a roof and then a gigantic, angry cat pops out of it and attacks you
Thank you kind human. The woods will remember your name
∞ The floor of the Florence Cathedral has some kind of amazing optical illusion built into it
The big difference between metallic and diamond structures, close up in a diamond cutter
A 17th century rendering of the Earth without oceans, by Thomas Burnet
Aircraft safety: Casualties per billion passengers flown
Chill out. Watch this cheetah
Pop Culture Happenings
∞ All this website does is stream random Nickelodeon shows from your childhood. You’re welcome
Much of the social Internet in real-time
Turbulence is scary, but also not really a big deal for planes or pilots. Here’s why
∞ Someone GIFified one of my favorite videos: Seeing a woman hear for the first time
Antiques Roadshow has stopped appraising ivory, and won’t feature it in any way, even in old episodes!
LEGO pressured into doing the awesome, right thing: Women in STEM figures
73% of Americans are wrong about how the diversity of life on Earth came to be
John Oliver on Net Neutrality is fantastic
Absolutely amazing. Fully articulated lobster carved from wood by Ryousuke Ohtake
On Discovery, the Yeti has returned. Was it convincing? Well…