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Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 27

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

Thinking rationally about prejudice

You can get any chatbot to fail the Turing Test because the test has a fundamental flaw

Creationist websites fail to mention important transitional fossils in the human record, surprising no one

A new species of bone-house wasp that protects its young with a cork made of corpses

Electric shock or being left alone with your own thoughts? New study: Electric shock please

Why do red objects feel cooler to the touch than blue ones?

Vampire finch is the Borg of the Galapagos

The most amazing eyes in the world are even weirder than we thought

We are just now figuring out what magic mushrooms really do to the brain

The gene that helps Tibetans cope with altitude was given to them by extinct humans

Plants might be able to hear caterpillars and prepare themselves for the munching

Information is a physical thing, explains Derek Muller in another great video

I think I know why these owls are dancing to Kesha,” he said totally serious

Peer-reviewed analysis of supposed Bigfoot hair samples finds…dog and horse hair

ANOTHER review of the literature finds no link between vaccines and autism

You can show students how the pitch viscosity experiment works if you cheat a bit

These are not ants.

A massive great white ate that missing tagged white…or an orca…or another shark…probably

Purple siphonophore looks like a fancy wig mixed with corn on the cob

This is the actual hack that saved the astronauts of the Apollo XIII

Why Do We Smother Cute Things?

Sneezes carry droplets 200 times farther than previously thought

This essay on visualizing algorithms is fantastic if coding and mathematics is your jam

Huh. Why seagulls seem to love parking lots

An incredibly informative post on the success of the Many-Worlds formulation that actually blew my mind

The smells of the city are messing with moth flower seeking

Milking the world’s most venomous animal

A comprehensive overview of chemical-free consumer products. Groundbreaking.

 

Extreme Nerdery

You can simulate what happens when lightning strikes sand with a crap load of electricity

Neil Tyson wasn’t wrong about NASCAR physics

What would happen if all the bodies of water on Earth magically disappeared? This

What do sharks do in a hurricane?

Light has limits, even for elves. How far could Legolas actually see?

All blowing into game cartridges will do is teach you about human psychology

The fastest way to board a plane is simply opening another damn door

Tech company uses Ghostbusters’ Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to show how to map risk in cities

 

Sciencey GIFs and Images

Hubble images with a tilt-shift applied makes for some of the best space images I’ve ever seen

Lovebird augments its plumage with beautiful…strips of paper?

When LEGOs change phase

It might be easier to accept that our primate brethren share an ancestor if they all had alopecia

A jaguar snatching a caiman

Outbreak: Hand Cut Paper Microbes and Pathogens by Rogan Brown

Flame on!

Chemistry turns egg yolk into gold dust (not really)

Herbig-Haro object HH 47: A jet expelled from a newborn star imaged over 5 years

A supercomputer simulation of jet fuel spray

Space without the space

Epic unboxing

A red wolf hunts.

Incredibly beautiful GIFs explain how test tubes are made from fused quartz

Muscle fibers working together to make a mouse heart beat

All known exoplanets across 4 dimensions

I love the internet so hard

Edward Beach Llewellen with a (world record) 425 lb. black sea bass, in 1902

Incredibly lucky guy standing too lose to a building demolition. Woah.

 

Pop Culture Happenings

American Apparel’s social media manager posts a photo of the Challenger disaster instead of fireworks

How horse flies helped get the Declaration of Independence signed

BANKSY: Taking the piss (explicit)

On Facebook: “I’m sure some people got very angry somewhere…Internally, you get a little desensitized to it.”

Heh. Homer wasn’t totally wrong about what cars of the future would look like

Ok. Either Fox News is completely oblivious to video games or they are perfect trolls

GE has a series of adventure-themed medical scanners to allay children’s fears

Actually informative infographic: The Evolution of the Superhero Movie

A Short History Of Typewriter Art

Amazingly, science ignored in US birth control ruling

Parrot Who Was Among Last of Its Kind, Said to Have Inspired ‘Rio,’ Dies

Odd beauty in beating a 200+ hour game in under 30 minutes: Fallout 3 speedrunnning

Three African elephants are killed for their ivory every hour

We caught a successful supersonic decelerator!

How Nazi insults spiked during the USA/GER World Cup match

Tyson Boop

TOP IMAGE: NASA/SDO/Goddard Space Flight Center

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