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Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 22

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

Bats Have Sparkly Poop

∞ Their lives, demise, and reappearance (in Game of Thrones):  The Hidden History of The Dire Wolf

The size and motion of all known trans-Neptunian objects discovered since 1992

Super Rare Footage of the World’s Fastest Whale

∞ The parasite that turns insects into water kamikazes

I could watch octopus footage all day if it looks this good

NASA’s IRIS catches a glimpse of its first coronal mass ejection

This moon of Saturn has the weirdest mountain range and we have little idea why

The Silence of the Crickets: Convergent evolution at its most awesome

You are just math. Everything is math! Maybe.

Turns out the human extinction machine is chugging along much faster than we thought

This spider looks like poop on purpose

Veritasium very casually blows your mind about the observable universe and the speed of light

“The researchers suspect that older monkeys shun alcohol because of the stresses of monkey politics.”

Nice write-up and video of the cosmic calamity that will end our galaxy

∞ A dead star pulses in the heart of the Crab Nebula

The Science of Faceplanting

SpaceX SuperDraco thruster test fired in TX.

All the ways we’ve gotten the hyena wrong over the centuries

Always a good time to stare at some gelatinous zooplankton

What is vertigo? Are you dizzy yet?

When a queen dies in a colony of Indian jumping ants, so begins a Game of Thrones

This vaccine study on chimps to save chimps is the first of its kind, it also may be the last

Maybe Einstein’s brain wasn’t all that special

The Humbolt squid saves energy by shutting down its whole metabolism. Every day.

A monitor montage

Bruce Lee’s one-inch-punch had even more to do with his mind than his body

A really cool 3D simulator of orbital objects


Extreme Nerdery

Damn astronaut vandals!

Watching Fassbender and McAvoy do impressions of Stewart and McKellen is lovely

Inventor Colin Furze continues to be totally batshit by inventing “Pyro” wrist flame throwers

∞ Stabilized Star Trek looks as ridiculous as you think

More stabilized Star Trek: TNG edition

A map of the damn Water Temple for your edification.

∞ NASA has a gorgeous gallery of Mass Effect-style space habitats. They’re almost 50 years old

This subreddit asks you to deduce details from pictures of strangers’ homes. Because BBC Sherlock.

Neil Tyson math: Bill Gates wouldn’t pick up anything less than $45,000 on the street

You can’t get drunk from drinking a really drunk person’s blood. Just FYI

Everything seems normal in this MIT game until you start walking at light-speed

Is Batman using this little science trick to escape thugs?

FFX’s Sin is still impressive in Minecraft

You can thank me when your hearts are replenished


Sciencey GIFs and Images

∞ Very useful animation explaining the awesome “rolling shutter effect

I’d rather get an octopus in a bottle than a message

Love this optical illusion of a beating heart. (It’s a static image, your brain is the weird bit)

∞ While on the Moon, astronauts made sure to prove that without air resistance, a feather and hammer fall the same way

An F-15 engine test makes me feel like less of a badass, which I am not

Your favorite canid is the maned wolf. I know this.

It just wants to glide over for a quick hello

Goblin shark has extendable mouth needles

[BIRD] haters gonna [BIRD] hate

Play with your mantis like your kitty

When water is so clear it looks like your have another layer of skin on your hand

Wow condensation and fluid mechanics 

So, bigfin squid are weird right

I want the ocean’s toothbrush

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

∞ I’ve watched MythBusters for a decade, and this might be my favorite

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

Damn my brain’s lighting and shading assumptions!


Pop Culture Happenings

How often men and women masturbate, based on self-report

Glenn Beck Thinks Watch Dogs Teaches People How To Hack In Real Life, Is Stupid

PETA doubles down on suggesting dairy and autism are linked

∞ Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

Reading Rainbow is currently triple-funded

The Wormhole Actualization Machine. “See you in hyperspace.”

A tornado. Of bugs. A bugnado.

Japan to attempt Game of Thrones-style fix to stop the flow of radioactive ground water

Totally failed this great animal, mineral, or vegetable quiz, with 26%

∞ Chasing the Cicada: Exploring the Darkest Corridors of the Internet

How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star

Jim will paint you anything in Paint. Anything.


The Vocaloid World of Hologram Performance Artists

The Vocaloid World of Hologram Performance Artists

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?