Science Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 35
By Kyle Hill on August 31, 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
Do we even own the Earth so that we can sell it? How much could we ask for?
Pickpockets are elegant geniuses, they simply have a better grasp of how human perception works
Movies synchronize audiences’ brains. But it would be weirder if they didn’t
How non-adaptive evolution can happen with microbes inside an insect
∞ The first thing we meet is a person’s microbes. We slough off a microbial aura wherever we go
The underpinnings of empathy could be present in yawning, which wolves do too
We still don’t have a definitive connection between steroid use and “roid rage”
∞ A gorgeous must-click photo feature on the Portuguese man-of-war
Two nights ago I sat in front of my TV in awe watching this very BBC video
Climate change is boring, and that’s the problem
A viral video may have just shown ant experts cooperation they’ve never seen before
In maybe my favorite Minute Physics video, Henry explains why we draw stars with points
This street could use a “Larvae Crossing” sign.
It’s official: Stone-tipped spears were deadlier than so-5000 B.C. all-wooden spears
One of the most successful parasites on Earth might be messing with methylation to mind-control rats
∞ This incredible feeding frenzy is like an organized bombing run but with birds
It’s not the Ebola virus itself that kills you, it’s the last ditch attempt of your desperate immune system
We just got better video of a dumbo octopus than you’ll find in Planet Earth
Did experience-led evolution bring our fish ancestors out of water? We raised fish on land to find out
No matter what you think of drones, they are quickly becoming a tiny, whizzing revolution for science, film, and more
Huh. This is why your fingernails grow faster than your toenails
∞ Mites are having sex on your face. Right now.
If you must sneak up on a goat, do it from above
The mystery of Death Valley’s “sailing stones” has finally been solved!
So, we were incredibly, fantastically wrong about what the heck a salamander is for just about ever
E-cigarettes: The lingering questions
Doctor chronicles dementia by progress of signatures on medical forms
The deadliest animal in human history has a biological sheath for its diseased mouth sword
“Hey, nightmares are pretty bad, but how about two nightmares combined into one horrible amalgamation?”
We think hair grows back darker and thicker because, science’s words, we are bad noticers of stuff
∞I talk Ebola, love in the real world, and Godzilla urination in a super fun podcast with the talented Cara Santa Maria
The American Heart Association says I guess you can try e-cigs if nothing else helps you quit
BEHOLD ITS SPIKY TAIL FEATHERS. GAZE UPON ITS GALLANT NECK-SACS
Analyze 36 years’ worth of penalty kicks and it turns out that goalies have their own “Gambler’s Fallacy”
Killing the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man would be the best thing to happen to NYC’s rat population
∞ Binging on The Simpsons? You’re actually picking up a lot of PhD-level math references. Here’s why
Game of Thrones has two things going for it: Amazing locations and really good CG
So satisfying to destroy the symmetry of a 10,000 magnet toy
How legendary sci-fi author William Gibson coined the term “cyberspace”
Terms that have been or will become suddenly popular
Inventor known for DIY X-Men gear makes firework-resistant metal Gumby suit because
Some people are already waaaaaaay too good at the new Super Smash Bros.
∞ Alright xkcd. Not only did I sing all these titles a la TMNT, this might be the nerdiest thing
Sciencey GIFs and Images
Really love your cherries want to shake your tree
∞ A parting supply ship takes a breathtaking image
Milo Manara’s Spiderwoman, rendered as a 3D model
I really wish we would still do vintage-style animal drawings like these gorgeous sharks
Forced perspective graffiti is, how you say, dope
“All your bedrooms are belong to uzzzz“–Yellow jackets
GIFs of a rarely blooming corpse flower!
Digital artist Dave Whyte proves that math and GIFs go hand-in-hand
∞ Sometimes life is a carnivorous caterpillar
Pop Culture Happenings
∞ How shows like Grey’s Anatomy have changed the psychology of medicine
xkcd nails the counter to the “kids are learning poor writing skills from SMS” argument
Jetskiing through a canyon is podracing!
Jon Favreau knows where your perception goes when looking at an Iron Man suit
Who Iced Who, an infographic of celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenges because internet
∞ Watching this little girl watch a shuttle launch totally checked all the mounting adult problems I’ve got