Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 32
By Kyle Hill on August 10, 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
We know this ant’s sting feels like getting shot, but why?
∞ Those white sandy beaches are the poo of this buck-toothed, snot-sleeping, sex-changing fish
The origami robot looks awesome until it moves
These are the photo-receptors of a glow-in-the-dark shark
Should your robot driver kill you to save a child’s life?
This hognose snake really tries to sell the whole “don’t touch me I’m totally dead” thing
AA 12-step programs are the folk medicines of addiction, but what can we learn from them?
∞ How a 100-year old cup of tea keeps Bigfoot alive
Did astronauts really have to pass through customs and write “Moon”? Not really
Meet the ants that evict invaders by grabbing on to them and jumping off a cliff
∞ Watching a glass mantis eat a fly, and seeing the food move through it, is one of the coolest things
Two scientists track their poop for a year to find out how their microbiomes ebb and flow
∞ If we bring back the great whales, we might bring back a giant carbon sink and mitigate climate change
Curiously swarming bacteria could tell us how to fight antibiotic resistance
We finally have an idea what made those Siberian craters; it points to a climate in trouble
Siberian mystery holes are only the beginning. When the north thaws, things are going to get worse
Relive the glory of NASA’s shuttle program with a video of all 135 launches
Rosetta has traveled four billion miles to harpoon a comet in November!
Veritasium wants to know your explanation for these five fun physics phenomena!
The math and science that changed movies forever: CG
The link between fish oil and heart health has never been proven
The Earth may wipe the surface clean, but our mark will forever be left with our mines
Computer model can literally tell when you literally mean something
New study finds that you can collapse a 40-item scale for narcissism down into 1
Some butterflies can evolve new colors in as little as a year! Evolution!
Leave a cheeseburger in HCl and it turns into black mush!
MIT can reconstruct your speech from watching potato chip bags. Science. What.
Did birds evolve to migrate towards the tropics or the other way around?
∞ Does the design of this “impossible” engine break physics? Bet on physics.
A collection of measured Ebola articles
The Ebola Outbreak: ‘A Dress Rehearsal For The Next Big One‘
This South Korean shipyard wants to make its employees Tony Stark
How many of the Earth’s senior citizens have we yet to discover?
∞ I love this utterly nerdy explanation for why Gandalf didn’t just send the ring to Mount Doom via eagles.
Jamie Hyneman busts the myth that he can’t walk the Comic-Con floor in hilarious fashion
The Matrix: Reloaded fights with 8-bit sound effects are actually quite watchable
∞ Watch Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman talk explosions, making, and science communication with me at Comic-Con!
Oh, by the way, Yoshi’s real name is “T. Yoshisaur Munchakoopas”
It’s official: Game of Thrones needs to come back so that nerds have something to do
How could we surgically create a real Rocket Raccoon?
∞ Do you need a Star-Lord space mask to survive the vacuum of space? Dogs and chimps know the answer, surprisingly
xkcd makes a jab at the “impossible” space drive
Sciencey GIFs and Images
Cat-like reflexes indeed
∞ “Let me go! I am VENGENCE. I am THE NIGHT!”
The freckleproof cape (1940)
A mantis shrimp boops an octopus
The difference between glass and flexible plastic during a blast wave
∞ Remember Physics 101 volunteers, if you lean back a bit, that energy returns to punch your face
Speed-painted DUNE in beautiful minimalism
The alternate Jurassic Park where they are chased by a giraffe and not a T. rex
A kiss seen from inside the mouth makes you rethink the whole thing
Artist Trevor Leat knows how to make a Groot
I’m now convinced that many supposed Sasquatch sightings can be explained by black bears
An icy finger of death reaches out to sea stars
The mission patch for shuttle mission STS-36 is fairly patriotic
I think the really terrifying thing about that great white camera attack is the speed
Pop Culture Happenings
How @dogboner became internet nerds’ worst enemy by tweeting a hilarious joke about Neil deGrasse Tyson
That time we hacked Iran’s nuclear program to blast AC/DC at the computer stations
Eddie Redmayne looks phenomenal in this trailer for the Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything”
∞ This video proves that an 8-bit video game version of Se7en would be almost as scary
When Tom Cruise got stuck in a Bungie game he called Bungie, because he’s Tom Cruise
Japanese celebrity Shoko Nakagawa has her finger on the pulse of fashion
Artist William Utermohlen made a self-portrait each year after Alzheimer’s diagnosis
∞ An internet wizard has synced Chris Pratt’s Dr. Dre rap perfectly with the music
A gorgeous and dramatic time-lapse of stars: KINGS
Science kits aren’t what they used to be
∞ Marie Curie’s century-old notebook is still radioactive