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Science Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 35

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

The 100-Foot Sea Critter That Deploys a Net of Death

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

A Squirt of Flame Forms a Fiery Jellyfish in Microgravity

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

Iran’s Great, Dying Salt Lake

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

This is how we watch porn online

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

What Do We Really Know About How the Internet Affects a Growing Brain?

∞I talk Ebola, love in the real world, and Godzilla urination in a super fun podcast with the talented Cara Santa Maria

No, MSG isn’t bad for you

The American Heart Association says I guess you can try e-cigs if nothing else helps you quit


Analyze 36 years’ worth of penalty kicks and it turns out that goalies have their own “Gambler’s Fallacy”


Extreme Nerdery

If Leonardo da Vinci Designed Tony Stark’s Iron Man Suit

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

You could walk all the streets and through all the apartments of NYC in your lifetime, if you wanted to

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

∞ An exclusive infographic from xkcd’s new book!

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

Star Wars droid finds Mufasa

Milo Manara’s Spiderwoman, rendered as a 3D model

Butterflies of North America poster and fluttery GIF!

I really wish we would still do vintage-style animal drawings like these gorgeous sharks

Forced perspective graffiti is, how you say, dope

Have a damn fabulous day.

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

Hello Kitty is not a cat

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


DOCTOR WHO for Newbies: The Eighth Doctor & The Wilderness Years

DOCTOR WHO for Newbies: The Eighth Doctor & The Wilderness Years

How Young Is Too Young to Watch RICK AND MORTY?

How Young Is Too Young to Watch RICK AND MORTY?

The Vocaloid World of Hologram Performance Artists

The Vocaloid World of Hologram Performance Artists