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The Week In Science: River Ghosts, 4K Chemistry, and The Fabulous Flash

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

How pitcher plants could help prevent blood clots

Why don’t clouds — bursting with tons of water — just fall out of the sky?

MIT researchers on Mars One: “It takes 68 days for the first crew member to die.”

Did slow lorises evolve to mimic cobras?

Over three years, Harold Fisk chased down the ghosts of a river. The maps he made are amazing

“The human mind is not meant to resemble a postcard from paradise fixed in a state of tropical bliss”

Why do we all love a good car wreck?

You shouldn’t put q-tips in your ears

“The best way to stay out of trouble, if you’re a squid, might be to paint on some pretend testes.”

The Beautiful But Deadly Undersea Rave That Digests Its Victims Alive

Societies Where Women Outnumber Men Are Just As Violent

Scientists have made a motherf***ing robot snake that sidewinds up a motherf***ing inclined plane

For the love of Triton don’t take a brittle star out of the water

Chemistry is everything. But it’s also way cooler with a 4K camera

Very informative infographic on how Ebola compares to other viruses

How Nuclear Explosions Were Used to Save the Environment

How will the (in)famous Dunbar Number change as virtual relationships replace physical ones?

This is what the Mount St. Helens eruption looked like from space

Viral Photo of Great White Shark Stirs Debate Over Cages, Baiting

All species are not evolved equal, suggests a new study on invasive species

The camel spider; basically a little, 8-legged cheetah with a face made of hatchets, far cooler than the urban legend

I’ll be honest, I didn’t even read the piece. Just stared at the skull.

Elephants Are Worth 76 Times More Alive Than Dead

Here’s how you can sing two notes at once, like a voice sorcerer

Watching a mimic octopus examine a diver is like watching first contact

We can’t keep ignoring the placebo effect in surgery

Mosquitoes have their own bloodsuckers to worry about, but it’s not as satisfying as you’d want


Extreme Nerdery

Bill Gates got ups

If The Flash runs at you fast enough, he blueshifts into fabulous

The Flash is literally faster than you think

Turns out mussels have to deal with Wrath of Khan earworms too

“The first known use of the phrase “spoiler alert” came in 1982, in a post about The Wrath of Khan”

I want Elon Musk’s D so bad

The movements of 10,000 League of Legends players, visualized on one map

A lot of actual (and scary) medical science is featured in The Knick

If you’re going to teach a class on the Marvel Universe, you have to tackle the inevitable race and gender questions

Could you spend a nanosecond on the Sun? What about *in* it?

Your class clown game gets an upgrade: Full-auto 3D-printed paper airplane gun

Why does Candy Crush take up more space than Ocarina of Time?

What really kills you in The Walking Dead?

The Incredible Scrap Metal Hulk

Southeast Asian Sea Life Identification Chart

Frodo in Skyrim


Sciencey GIFs and Images

If only we could harness this ultimate TPing power for evil…

Nature’s toothbrush

That viral photo of the giant manta ray? It’s a model.

The Sun dressed as a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween!

Not believing in the theory of revolution

Russia as seen from the ISS on the night of October 2nd

Chipmunks annoy the hell out of me, but this teamwork is amazing

OK. Did you know that lemurs were wall-jumping ninjas?

The potential energy of a domino lets it topple a slightly larger neighbor each time

Ever seen lightning hit a car in real-time?

A month of Ebola geotagged tweets

Redditor corypoole has an amazing shot of the Blood Moon Eclipse Breaking Dawn part 4

A Langley researcher ponders the future, in mid-1927″

Portrait of a parasite

Redditor takes a picture of a husky mid-sneeze, an unintentionally *terrifying* photo

The popping is gorgeous, but I’m surprised at the resistance to popping in the first place

A driver experiences a terrifying transfer in momentum

Rescuers conducting search operations near the summit of Mount Ontake

The incredible fiery physics of a jet engine in flight


Pop Culture Happenings

What It’s Like to Carry Your Nobel Prize through Airport Security

The dangerous illusion of “natural”

“For the sake of argument” is a bad argument

Red Bull, according to its lawyers, does not actually give you wings

Alright, if this really is the future of Photoshop, holy s***

Same-sex marriage approval now is like interracial marriage approval in the 90s

Transformers 4 gets an Honest Trailer. It’s brutal

A hawk attacks a drone, or, dinosaur takes out robot

Tyson Boop

Behold the Most Amazing D&D Map Ever Created!

Behold the Most Amazing D&D Map Ever Created!

These Leatherbound HARRY POTTER Books Come with Horcrux Bookmarks

These Leatherbound HARRY POTTER Books Come with Horcrux Bookmarks

7 Most Radical Guitar Scenes In Movies

7 Most Radical Guitar Scenes In Movies