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Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Week 36

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

You are using an incredible mathematical theorem to eat your pizza. No really, you genius

∞ Have you ever seen a fish cast a patronus charm? You’re welcome

Nearly half of Americans believe in ghosts. Why?

The “Freshman 15” isn’t a thing

∞ Why would whales still need evolving hips? For sexytimes (maybe)

The sad map of how we’ve destroyed the whale population

Five phenomena that sound like nuclear bombs, heard by our secret monitoring system

Papua New Guinea’s Tavurvur volcano sends a shockwave smashing through the sky. But how?

Yes, your stupid synthetic workout shirts really do smell worse

99.999% certainty humans are driving global warming

Meet Dreadnoughtus, the largest land animal ever (maybe) that was impenetrable to small arms fire (not really)

I jump in on Nerdist News Jessica Chobot to say a quick thing about DREADNOUGHTUS

How Caffeine Evolved to Help Plants Survive and Help People Wake Up

Should we protect ourselves against potentially infectious alien memes?

Should we program technology to deceive us? And do those damn crosswalk buttons even work?! (Nope)

∞ A rocket fuel for evolution in the symbiosis of plants and their bacteria

This odd little undersea mushroom looking thing might change the branches of early life on Earth

Germany has radioactive boars roaming around thanks to Chernobyl

That thing where epilepsy causes compulsive poem writing

Sharks are not always the top predator

Moss piglets aren’t the only species to survive the vacuum of space

A Brain Will Go to Amazing, Sometimes Scary Lengths to Preserve Its Constructed Narrative

When discovering imaginary radiation destroyed a career in science: Blondlot’s “N-rays”

We have officially defined superclusters. Ours is called Laniakea, or “Immense heaven”

Really cool artist’s representation of gravitational lensing

∞ Can quantum mechanics help us kill our grandfathers in the past?

These indigenous people point, but with their faces

This mimic is so good at what it does that we need to protect what it mimics just to save it

Confirmed: Stuff really is funnier, sadder in a crowd


Extreme Nerdery

Scientifically accurate Chip and Dale

Uh, yeah, there were badass female vikings. We know this

∞ What’s the CO2 equivalent of pwning a n00b? Less if it’s with a physical copy of the game, according to a new study

Ohhhhh, rifle bullets take advantage of the Venturi Effect!

∞ A peacock mantis shrimp uses Pringle-shaped armor to punch through crabs

Why Scrooge McDuck would have to apply for a building permit

∞ My review of xkcd’s new book, What If? It’s wonderful

Randall Munroe’s Rolling Stone profile is exactly what you think it is

To celebrate the release of his new book, xkcd has a comic that is turtles all the way down

Spider-Man, Spider-Man would be kinda gross


Sciencey GIFs and Images

This is every tree in the US

Long exposure shot of last night’s Falcon 9 rocket launch

A sea squirt embryo with video game-style weak points

The scale of this volcanic GIF speaks so much to the power of nature

∞ The lines are all perfectly level. C’mon brain you can do this

Working on the weekend

Reason #15 that I don’t surf: Unidentifiable fish in the waves

Work smarter, not harder today y’all

∞ Artist Dillon Marsh did some calculations to contrast the scars of mining with its result

Jazz (crab) hands

Shoot for the Moon my arse

How couches are made

Um, heat rises? Is Thor available for comment?

A Cheeto is a solar flare

∞ Your reminder that a dog-sized cat is way cooler than a cat-sized dog


Pop Culture Happenings

How scientists feel about global warming, in hand-written letters

Dads at One Direction concerts

The Last of Us meets Adventure Time

So, put spider legs on your dog and it is legitimately terrifying

More than 99% of FCC commenters support Net Neutrality

∞ NASA panel find the lack of science happening on Mars disturbing

The TI-84 Plus still has a stranglehold on classroom mathematics

This ram definitely had enough of this drone’s s**t, and the pilot’s

Frankenstein is a story about how people can be monstrous, not the dangers of science

Turning Fallout 3 into a new game by, uh, killing everything

A health worker disinfects a corpse in an Ebola isolation ward

Let’s all have a moment of silence for the poor Russian space sex geckos


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