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Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 24

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

Your reminder that barn owls sound like chainsaws on chalkboards

How well do spiders’ matings plugs work anyway?

∞ Reality check: We can’t build this warp-capable starship, but it sure is pretty

Were dinosaurs warm or cold blooded? Turns out that question is too simple

When your crawdad gets anxiety, give it a valium

Climate change is fueling a clone army of 120-foot long super jellies

Do animals have sex for pleasure?

Friday the 13th AND a full moon…that night will be crazy right?! Nah, human psychology is just weird

Where do museums get all those dead animals and why does it matter?

Why the number of different infinities is bigger than infinity

Why Women Have Stripes

Nemo’s dad should have turned into his mom, because sequential hermaphrodites

∞ An HD timelapse of a star’s “light echo.” Incredible.

What this half a billion year old ancestor can tell us about vertebrate evolution

“A roadmap for getting intimate with some of the largest, most convoluted vaginas on the planet. You’re welcome.”

All the science behind that exosuit kick at the World Cup

∞ “If life is a movie, the frame rate fluctuates widely from one species to another.”

Processing power is moving into the post-Moore’s law age

The difference between understanding and applying causality, crows don’t know it. Babies do

Snake mimics evolved to be like more like a lethal predator that no longer exists there

How fire ants create and maintain incredible living structures

Can you learn to see sound or hear color?

∞ Fantastic longread about the woman who helped create forensic science with miniature crime scenes

Entropy makes the river of time always flow in one direction…probably

No, our skulls didn’t evolve to take a punch. That study was bad science

Oxytocin may have yet another quirk: regenerating our bodies

The locks and keys that trigger cell suicide are so old that coral proteins can pick our cells’ locks!

Will future earthlings describe the “Antropocene” using our plastic “rocks”?

Birds living near Chernobyl are adapting to chronic radiation

The recently evolved parasite that grows like a tree in the skin of sharks

Japanese robot could help med students learn breast exams with virtual tech

The highs and lows of a show that covered the whole universe: My review of COSMOS

Have A Kindle of Kittens, and 10 Other Hilarious Names for Animal Groups

∞ Meet the entomologist who describes insect stings like fine wine

Next-generation condoms might feel like human skin


Extreme Nerdery

Explore the Enterprise as a pixel Data in PixelTrek because why not?

The party I was at told me to write something fun on their wall, so I did.

∞ I got to play Double Fine’s Hack ‘n’ Slash and I loved how it made me feel like a true hacker

The banshee was probably inspired by this amazing owl that sounds like a nightmare with wings

Game of Thrones isn’t even close to medieval. Westeros is like 200 years ago

World War II was seven times longer than the movies about it.

Realistic Batman

“Dystopia Tracker” is a website that crowdsources the question: How much has science fiction got right?

How to Find and Care for a Pet Tardigrade (with best “having fun” pic ever)

Hey, I love pedantry as much as the next nerd, but c’mon

∞ Giants in Game of Thrones are really, really strong. I did a quick calculation to prove it

That giant scythe the Wall had last episode? It basically exists but with helicopters and chainsaws

Testing death-by-molten metal by pouring lead down a pig larynx

As usual, xkcd puts something hard to imagine in units, makes it real: 4.5 degrees

Two weapons experts discuss the famous armaments in Game of Thrones

Mortal kombat is everywhere


Sciencey GIFs and Images

Street fighter particle physics

Oxygen is polar. You can mess with its partial charges when it’s liquid

Organic chemist accidentally synthesizes Jupiter

∞ GIF of the incredible V838 Mon light echo

Your elephant impersonation was once a way to reform a nose. (Atlas of Human Anatomy and Surgery 1831-1854)

Even when you see how this illusion works, your brain simply cannot accept it

On every desk! Perpetual slinky!

Rendering of a Sarychev Volcano eruption on June 12, 2009 from the ISS

The ISS at “night” is fantastically creepy

A better mousetrap

The Sun had a pretty serious solar flare this week

∞ You’re not arachnophobic, right?

Science GIF Hall of Fame Inductee #008: Helicopter rotors synced with camera frame rate

Ok illustrator, so you have a Cintiq. But do you have an owl peripheral?

The future is bright my friends


Pop Culture Happenings

∞ Dr. Oz is going to testify before congress about weight loss scams. They couldn’t have picked a worse person

Science: Those annoying astronauts on your Mars flight who always touch your stuff are probably extroverts

The odd life of the Snowdenbot

The bat bomb canister was a thing we developed

Countries are still using bomb detectors sold by a convicted conman that DO NOT WORK


Elon Musk makes Tesla’s technology open source

Elon Musk forever established his nerd cred with the title for his open source patent post

Really enjoyed this Wall Street Journal interactive: The World Cup of Everything Else

Fox News makes a great point about water fluoridation. Just kidding.

“In London, cocaine and ecstasy spike on weekends while methadone is used more consistently.”

How the realities of biology complicate the “personhood movement”

The great Chobani yogurt fiasco had led to discontinued lids, free yogurt for scientists

There have been at least 117 mass shootings this year in the US. It’s June.

∞ Being a Lady and Playing DayZ

Find a 727 in the woods, make it your house. Yeah.

Why Do Republicans Always Say ‘I’m Not a Scientist’?


The Vocaloid World of Hologram Performance Artists

The Vocaloid World of Hologram Performance Artists

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