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Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 21

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 could get 19.44mbps wifi on the Moon with the help of MIT lasers

∞ It’s time to stop shaking hands in hospitals. Try finger guns or a fist bump

New orbital images of Curiosity landing site on Mars are painfully pretty

∞ A modern Jacques Cousteau wants to show you the wonders of the deep, but he needs your help

Titanoboa: An ancient snake that was big enough to eat everything

Dimetrodon is not a dinosaur, so throw away that Jurassic Park toy

Evolution produced huge, flightless birds at least six times, independently

A fruit fly needs time to make up its mind. Its mind!

What half-male and half-female animals can teach us about development and disease

Is the internet wrecking kids’ brains? Probably not, but we don’t know enough yet

The Case Against Antibacterial Soap

The Chelyabinsk meteor wasn’t even the full space rock. It smashed into something else before our atmosphere

“Several scientists fought for the superiority of the name Scrotum humanum over Megalosaurus until the 1990s”

This creature was masquerading as a sea anemone until its DNA gave it away

∞ Why don’t we all have cancer?

Comb jellies turn out to be the closest thing to an alien intelligence we have

It’s oddly existential that even forest critters will run on a wheel if you put one in the wilderness

We have no idea how lightning gets started, but it could be another weird aspect of solar wind

Another parasitic wasp, another horrible, mind-controlling, digging your own grave way to die

How to photograph the emergence of the most dangerous animal on Earth

For climatologists tracking a mysterious disease, the answer is literally blowing in the wind

We’ll bring aliens the equivalent of smallpox, probably, if we don’t properly clean our spacecraft

∞ You’ve seen photos of supercells forming, but they don’t do them justice. Videos do


Extreme Nerdery

You can thank me when your hearts are replenished

I’ll just let you decide what these images say

Timeline infographics of sci-fi franchises are actually pretty helpful

This is why tabletop games are vastly superior to video games

Cosmos On Weed with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wow girl that is some fantastic Darth Maul makeup

∞ How close are the X-Men to a new species?

Cheap flights to Westeros if you feel like throwing someone through a moon door

Watch me talk some X-Men science with Jessica Chobot in the latest Nerdist News!

Nature’s own ‘Mystique’ has eight arms and a beak

Bioshock coincidentally looks exactly like this 1973 Japanese sci-fi magazine cover

“Other than it being a really bad idea…can I ignite all the pollen!?”

Conan really sells getting impaled by a samurai sword

Functional star gate recreated in Minecraft

Science comes to Game of Thrones

Captain America physics slightly more believable than the ricocheting shield

Whoever was controlling this LEGO R2D2 and interacting with this little girl is just the best

100 pounds of magnetic putty is as cool as it sounds

∞ How long is a fall from The Eyrie’s moon door? About 1,300 meters


Sciencey GIFs and Images

Watched MythBusters for a decade, and this might be my favorite

“Don’t tread on me” works better when you can really back it up

Damn my brain’s lighting and shading assumptions!

Miss the meteor shower? Don’t worry. As always, NASA has got you covered

∞ Excuse me miss, did you drop your can of sugar gliders?

The best illusions of the year are pretty good

Your dog pretty good at catching toys? That’s nice. This is a panther

Science GIF Hall of Fame Inductee #006: Burning steel wool

Science GIF Hall of Fame Inductee #007: Ultra slo-mo glass break


If the bug won’t come to the web, bring the web to the bug

Physics lets you do legless push-ups

Jeez I had no idea this turtle could be so terrifying

The Alitta virens grows to 60-70 cm and can bite humans with it pincer teeth. Are you scared?

Expedition 39 snapped this majestic storm shot before leaving the ISS

Don’t play in traffic.”–Momma bear

When pigs fly (because of pissed-off rhinos)


∞ John Oliver’s fantastic point about climate change opinion polls, GIFified

I am going to apologize in advance for ruining your day with this GIF

Orcas working together to unseat a seal. Incredible

We could use moose as snow plows, if we found a way to harness their furry power

American Woodcock struttin his fine badonk


Pop Culture Happenings

How close are you to applying to be an astronaut? I need a lot of flight experience

There’s a Tarantula Version of the Westminster Dog Show

Creationists to use dinosaur skeleton objectively older than “the great flood” to prove the great flood happened

Why Godzilla Kicked Pacific Rim’s Ass at the Box Office (Even if it wasn’t as original)

The tangled legal mess that is Yellowstone’s “zone of death,” where you might get away with murder

Absolutely ruining coloring books since whenever

The most famous classic female forms in art, photoshopped for today

Inside the Color Factory: My Chat With a Photo Colorizer

Very satisfying:

A hand-held guillotine for those doomed garden snails

∞ Google’s self-driving cars have never gotten a ticket. They’ve never even been pulled over

This is a GIF of a Vine of a Video of a Flipbook of a GIF of a Video of a Roller Coaster


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