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Sciencey Stuff You May Have Missed: Weeks 30/31

The whole Nerdist team was busy at Comic-Con this year, so this week’s installment of geeky links is a two-weeker!

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 furthest galactic magnifying glass lets us see light 10.7 billion years in transit

∞ Three molecules might be the reason why you have jazz hands and not jazz palms

Florida bans the importation of lionfish

This robot is the king of ball balancing

The largest penguin we know of was taller than most children

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is going to look for life with an instrument called “SHERLOC”

∞ A snake’s flicking tongue isn’t for taste, it’s for 3D smell-o-vision and so much more

Do Beaked Whales Have Internal Antlers?

You’d think that we all carry one set of DNA in each of our cells. Not “mosaics”

Find life on Europa and change the world for the price of a cup of coffee

Visualizing the chaotic spaghetti that is Jupiter’s magnetic field

Everything you need to know about Ebloa, collected in semi-handy wiki form

I’m not saying it was aliens, because it wasn’t aliens: Cause of Mysterious Siberian Holes Possibly Found

∞ Exploring the speed of dark

Model predicts whether SCOTUS will uphold or reverse a lower-court decision with 70% accuracy

For how scary Ebola virus is, it’s unlikely to become a global threat. Here’s why

The longest marathon of maternal care was fatefully completed by…an octopus

Robotically-controlled scorpions

Eye-tracking heatmaps found you out self-conscious dudes

A robotic octopus takes a swim

Study finds fist-bumping is far more hygienic than handshaking or high-fiving

∞ The physics of fish eating

Woah solar magnetism

Acetaminophen no better than placebos for back pain

The absurdity that is the camouflage of the satanic leaf-tailed gecko

Here are all the ways we know your brain is just as amazing as “Lucy’s”

Seeing Phobos from Mars makes for a googley-eyed eclipse 

Elephants have way more genes for smell than you or I, but that’s not the whole story

China just found the largest aquatic insect

∞ For my money, “Slow Life” is the most riveting three minutes of nature footage I’ve ever seen

At least offshore wind farms may positively contribute to marine environments

What isn’t random, and where does our free will hide if it exists?

“God may play dice with the universe, but they are the best dice in the universe.”

Why is your body symmetrical but your guts aren’t?

∞ So interesting! Sandstone arches form by gravity, not erosion

Gut bacteria helps this adorable rodent eat enough poison to kill it

The real “face-hugger” attaches itself to fish for years, sucking it dry


Extreme Nerdery

Why “Muad’Dib” is a totally accurate name for DUNE’s Paul

This robot is a real-life droideka!

All the science of Tatooine you’ll ever need

∞ The fastest way to get a letter to mom is probably an ICBM

What’s the surface gravity on Krypton? 100G…maybe? Nuclear nerds on “Manhattan” discuss (and I check)

Shut up and take my money: Laser-etched map of Ocarina of Time’s Hyrule by Alex Griendling

What dinosaur would make the best household pet? “A baby Stegosaurus because it wouldn’t shed and wouldn’t eat you.”

Elsa has the freezing energy equivalent to enough nuclear weapons to wipe out humanity!

Build a desk-sized, levitating disco ball on the cheap

The on-screen tenure of each incarnation of Doctor Who, in hours

∞ My favorite game ever has the most scientifically accurate zombies ever

Borg cube mini-fridge: freezistance is futile

Mapping Climate Change on Tatooine Over 110 Years

Scientifically accurate Sonic the Hedgehog is pretty rough

Getting your printer ink from a squid is probably cheaper

Snake Facts

Movies aren’t actually getting longer

Yep. A dishwasher-safe lightsaber


Sciencey GIFs and Images

∞ The ISS sees a silhouetted Endeavor

Photographer Aaron Huey looks down into a glacial wormhole

Pringles engineering

Because physics

Artist Eleanor Lutz has rendered the bioluminescent tree of life

∞ Deaths in the Iliad: a Classics Infographic

This is what a mosquitornado looks like, seriously

This Is What The Inside of a Shark Fin Looks Like

The atmospheres of the solar system

∞ Caddisfly larvae build aquatic cocoons from gold and pearls

That signal? Mayflies. “Massive mayfly event” in Mississippi basin

This is the most detailed map of the Martian surface ever made. Thanks thermal inertia!

Thrips are so small they will feed on an individual spore of fungus or an single plant cell

A Flower That Fits the Bill

Artist Makoto Azuma releases plants into space with “Exbiotanica

An atomic blast as seen from the sky

Agapostemon splendens


Pop Culture Happenings

The new The Last of Us remaster has a photo mode, and Reddit is making darn good use of it

JAWS in 60 seconds

∞ A tumblr of guitarists realizing they are holding a giant slug mid-solo

“Mario stands next to a mushroom cloud. Missile crews are known for their dark humor.”

How Rush Hour 2 got into trouble by using enough fake money to alert the Secret Service

Latest trailer for Nolan’s Interstellar is incredible

John Oliver, Buzz Aldrin, Patrick Stewart: #GoGetThoseGeckos

∞ POW blinking in Morse code to spell T-O-R-T-U-R-E during a forced interview

Maybe Wiseau is weirder than we think

Awesome doctor makes vaccination fun

Pokemon as kaiju!

If great scientists had Twitter

Augmented reality rock climbing looks straight-up awesome

Creationist Ken Ham: If there are aliens, they don’t have Jesus, and are therefore damned

The secret of Minecraft



∞ This is Comic-Con by the numbers

Seth Green and Buzz Aldrin hosted a packed Comic-Con panel about a human mission to Mars!

The science of lining up for stuff

∞ Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman made their Comic-Con panel all about the fans and it was awesome

What I learned at my first Comic-Con: Enjoy cosplayers that take cosplay seriously (and more)

With a bit of scientific training, Marvel wants to make you a S.T.A.T.I.O.N. agent

∞ I went on my own nerd nature safari at Comic-Con and made a video about it!


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