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Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 33

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

To get bigger stuff into space, some scientists have to become origami masters

A bite from this tick can make you allergic to meat and it’s spreading in the US

∞ Sun damage can be invisible, but invisible light can bring it out. It sounds weird, just watch

This museum has a lot of shark weapons, in case the zombie apocalypse comes and you’re out of options

How museum science can help track down shark fin traffickers

The girl who had a case of 2,000 psychogenic sneezes a day

∞ The velvet worm is like Spider-Man, only without the insufferable movie adaptations

The actual answer to “Who let the dogs out?” and more

Veritasium has the explanations for these 5 weird physics phenomena

There might be a way to get the benefits of a fecal transplant without the poo

That cooking show is wrong; don’t wash meat before you cook it

I let future Kyle handle my problems because I’m not psychologically connected to my future self

Watch a mako shark hurl itself out of the water like a torpedo

Polygraphs don’t work. So why do we still use them?

This “little” whale throws around thousands of pounds like it was nothing to gulp 100 times per hour

A good summary: Why E-Cigarettes Might Not Be as Safe as You Think

∞ In North America, there is a bat extinction happening right under our noses. It’s a terrible problem

Geckos use the weakest force in nature and the right angles to stick and detach from surfaces

This is why deer become deer in the headlights

Oh the stories that a 10-inch long whale ear wax plug can tell you

Crayfish can turn blood into neurons

∞ Watch NASA inflate an inner-tube on the edge of space!

Behold, the fish cannon

Remember that thing where the T. rex closed its pupil in Jurassic Park. Here’s a real version of that, reversed

Using mathematics to piece together the body making of ancient creatures

When your brain is working properly, it’s really hard to spot your own typos

The boomslang is usually harmless until it bites you and you bleed from everywhere

∞ Four reasons why when someone tells you their name you immediately forget it forever

A growth culture after 20 handshakes. You should see the one for fist-bumps


Extreme Nerdery

∞ A Stanford biologist gives my favorite explanation for why the Hulk is green

Song You Didn’t Know Had Lyrics: Super Mario World

Paint and markers makes a pair of Borderlands-style jeans I’d kill to buy

The physics of the railgun and making one (kinda)

∞ Platinum is worth about $13 million per shoebox.

Nearly perfect edible. chocolate. LEGOs.

The worst hurricane anyone in your town remembers

Commander Shepard does a dramatic reading of Commander Shepard

Dude makes a “working” Dragon Ball Z scouter. It’s fantastic

Another stabilized TNG

The joy of playing Skyrim, as told by Steam reviews

∞ I spoke with the very talented and kind Jennifer Hale about how her sci-fi roles are shaped by a love of learning

When the day of the universal converter comes I’m charging my phone with a gas pump

Watching 974 simultaneous Super Mario players is mesmerizing

If Superman was like the “supermoon”

Valar Morghulis: We have the data on Game of Thrones characters’ survival rates. It’s grim.


Sciencey GIFs and Images

Watching a table saw in slow motion is so satisfying

∞ When two moose walk together it can form an OCTOMOOSE

A boulder tumbles down a Martian cliff edge

Making sense of wings

The momentum behind a spinning chain

A water droplet at 2,500 frames per second

How the music industry has changed in the last 30 years in 30 seconds

Everyone follow momma shrew

∞ Krzywy Domek is an irregularly-shaped building in Sopot, Poland. It breaks my brain.

I’d wake up a tiger just to see the weird eye flaps move

These Spider Fangs Aren’t Going To Photograph Themselves

Releasing a bucket of paper airplanes looks immensely satisfying

They don’t have to, but I’m using these diving signals anyway

Two-headed dolphin looks just as weird as you’d suspect

∞ The bobbit worm. Sleep tight.

Bassin by Rainer Hamburg

Plane contrail and the perfect angle makes this roller coaster look like the ultimate ride

∞ This raptor clinic regularly makes owl burritos and it makes me so happy


Pop Culture Happenings

∞ Huge congratulations to Ann Druyan, writer and co-creator of COSMOS, for her Emmy win! She is a joy to talk to

David Lynch’s DUNE was complicated enough that theaters gave audiences a glossary

Why constant scientific skepticism is important: Yes, there are charlatans selling fake ebolavirus cures

Trying this on Monday: How to Get Through a Workday on No Sleep

Cameroonian singer-songwriter Irma has an incredible single-shot video with phenomenal projection-mapping tech

You used to be pretty good with construction paper and a scissors as a kid? That’s nice.

Iranian is first woman to nab highest prize in maths

Doping in esports is “rampant”

∞ Family Tree by Bobby Neel Adams uses combined family member portraits to show genetics’ power

“By liking everything, I turned Facebook into a place where there was nothing I liked.”


Shark Week!

Sharks don’t want us to have internet

∞ Has Shark Week jumped the shark? Jessica Chobot and I discuss

The frilled shark’s teeth are amazing

I’ve seen little to no support of Shark Week’s direction from scientists. This matters Discovery.

An ocean without sharks is scarier than one with them

Megalodon: The Monster Shark’s Dead

∞ My favorite shark video doesn’t involve blood or teeth. I watch it to calm down because it’s beautiful

These gorgeous shark x-rays aren’t just art, they are critical science



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