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Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 23

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

The thing that ate that tagged great white was another great white

∞ Where did the dire wolf come from and where did it go? Know something Jon Snow

Some frogs use artificial sex megaphones

The dire consequences of the anti-vaccine movement becoming painfully clear

“CONCLUSIONS: Potential injury to erectile tissue caused by electrosurgery on the penis cannot be underestimated.”

New study describes a great leap forward in using DNA for diagnoses

Quantum and Consciousness: “Lots of things are mysterious. That doesn’t mean they’re connected”

∞ This catfish has an exquisite, and so far unique, pH sense. It’s awesome and barely understood

Found the awesome video source of the ocean sponges being vespene geysers

How much do nature’s environmental defenses save us? Trillions.

Can you spot the real-world animal hybrid?

“NASA’s current budget invites the loss of the international perception that spaceflight is what the US does best.”

Today in depressing reality: 7 reasons America will fail on climate change

Did you see The Daily Show cover liberal America’s vaccine opposition dilemma? It’s great

Today in Animals are Dicks: Walruses are seal and bird hunters too

We used to think some weird stuff. “The fumes from the basil will transform the vegetable matter into scorpions.”

Sorting through the hype surrounding mirror neurons

Hubble just released the best image of our universe yet

Researchers fired bullets at spider webs to see how they are tuned like guitar strings for bugs to pluck

∞ Our attempt to make a perfect sphere is so close, if you made the ball Earth-size it’d be off by 15mm

“Having an anus near your head is pretty weird

Not one country has reduced its obesity rate in 33 years

In mice, bursts of light can give memories and it can taketh away

No one on Earth can outrun the latest robot out of Korea.

How a physicist is helping find wine frauds

A fascinating science demo you can do at home with sand and sugar: Spontaneous stratification

Hurricanes with female names kill more people…maybe, or not. Like gender perception, it’s complicated

Diethyl zinc: “It grabs any O2, including those in human tissue, and uses them to create fire.”

Synapses are WAY more complicated than you learned in BIO 101

∞ How the northern death adder lures worm-eating prey is downright mesmerizing. I’d be lured in

Mathematically, it is abnormal to be normal in most areas

Delaying Vaccines Increases Risks—with No Added Benefits

Calm down with this beautiful octopus video

Urine is not sterile, and neither is the rest of you


Extreme Nerdery

Polar bear POV cam!

∞ Could that really happen in Game of Thrones? You know what I’m talking about

Awesome article about the clingfish, but the fantastic GIF is really all you need to know

Win a wolf sanctuary tour and helicopter ride with GRR Martin

The Matrix copied everybody. See?

∞ You are closer than you think to robot-punching aliens like Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow

Sonic is slower than most supercars

The latest Angry Birds update worked with NASA to teach peeps about asteroids!

All the summer movies you missed, generalized and in a single take

∞ I interviewed the guy who puts fruit in MRIs and makes those wonderful GIFs

Realistic Koopa shells is kinda like last week’s Game of Thrones

A murmation of starlings would have to be ginormous in order to collapse under gravity


Sciencey GIFs and Images

A columnar snowflake with accumulated super-cooled droplets imaged with an SEM

Would love to know the confused genes that made this snake “piebald’

And this is why you don’t hide under trees during a lightning storm kids

∞ Immediately regretting the decision to use the flash…

The HMS London (1918) featuring lovely “dazzle camouflage

∞ If you see one incredible thing today, make it this poor crab who learned about pressure differentials the hard way

Listen to the gentle song of the drumming jumping spider

Make your own simple rail gun with some magnets!

On Mars, sand forms can be hundreds of meters tall, bigger than dunes. They are “draas.”

Saved this jumping spider GIF directly to my phone to respond to trolls with because it is the best

Wow! Sponges filter water through themselves way faster than you think!

This is Hercules. He’s a “liger”. He’s 922 pounds.

Never seen a basking shark? Now’s the time

That thing where you’re fixing a roof and then a gigantic, angry cat pops out of it and attacks you

Thank you kind human. The woods will remember your name

∞ The floor of the Florence Cathedral has some kind of amazing optical illusion built into it

What the red velvet mite teaches us about love

The big difference between metallic and diamond structures, close up in a diamond cutter

A 17th century rendering of the Earth without oceans, by Thomas Burnet

Aircraft safety: Casualties per billion passengers flown

Chill out. Watch this cheetah


Pop Culture Happenings

∞ All this website does is stream random Nickelodeon shows from your childhood. You’re welcome

What Animal Do You Even Lift?


Much of the social Internet in real-time

Turbulence is scary, but also not really a big deal for planes or pilots. Here’s why

∞ Someone GIFified one of my favorite videos: Seeing a woman hear for the first time

Antiques Roadshow has stopped appraising ivory, and won’t feature it in any way, even in old episodes!

LEGO pressured into doing the awesome, right thing: Women in STEM figures

73% of Americans are wrong about how the diversity of life on Earth came to be

John Oliver on Net Neutrality is fantastic

Absolutely amazing. Fully articulated lobster carved from wood by Ryousuke Ohtake

On Discovery, the Yeti has returned. Was it convincing? Well…


How Young Is Too Young to Watch RICK AND MORTY?

How Young Is Too Young to Watch RICK AND MORTY?

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

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

The Vocaloid World of Hologram Performance Artists

The Vocaloid World of Hologram Performance Artists



  1. Jimmy says:

    Why do you guys use a still from ESPN’s Sports Center open for the Science logo?  You can even see the “S” in the end of the funnel.  Weird.