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This Week in Science: Mind-Controlled Prostheses and Quicksilver’s Walkman

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

∞ Nature’s nuclear craters eject material so quickly that the earth moves like a fluid

Potassium ferricyanide evaporates over 29 hours (in 30 seconds)

The official record for “Farthest Flight by a Hoverboard”

Three-year ocean voyage discovered thousands of new, unfamiliar viruses

Euler’s Disc is a puzzling harmony of math, geometry, vision, and sound

Think you have OCD? Unlikely. It’s much more serious than you think

∞ Four supernovas are helping us uncover the ingredients of the biggest explosions

Huh. “Antibiotic” used to mean opposition to the idea that life exists beyond Earth

Swimming with sea snakes

Relax with a particle physics sim that can make bears. Seriously, chill

I propose that the name of this octopus should be Dorbus Totalus

∞ After 13 Years, Quadriplegic Erik Sorto Controls a Robotic Arm with His Imagination

A manta ray mating train

A time-lapse wildebeest migration

∞ This isn’t a snake, it’s the best snake mimic I’ve ever seen

Bill Nye and The Planetary Society now have a solar sail in orbit! But we won’t be sailing sun until next year

The first three weeks of a bee’s life in 60 seconds

The Slow-Motion Symbiotic Train Wreck of the 13-Year Cicada

Researcher stitch together time-lapses from 86 million public photos

Does the Moon actually orbit us?

∞ TIL A Saturn V rocket is loud enough to literally *set grass on fire a mile away*

Why do you immediately forget someone’s name after they tell you?

What observable size is in the middle of everything? You.

The re-igniting a candle via smoke trick, up close and super slo-mo


Extreme Nerdery

∞ How preservation science could make a “Hall of Faces”

19 Pop Songs Fact-Checked By Professors

Joining The Eschers is tough

Warning: These electronics will self-destruct to help reduce e-waste in 5, 4…

What disease did Mad Max’s “war boys” have?

∞ The Mario Kart /Mad Max mash-up is actually fantastic. It’s subtle, visually impressive, and perfectly executed

This ROTJ comic made me feel really sad, then suddenly much better

Maps of all the worlds in Super Mario Bros. 3, in case you…need them?

∞ How does Quicksilver listen to music?


Sciencey GIFs and Imges

At least you don’t have a blood-sucking parasite on your face

∞ The common baron caterpillar invisible against a leaf

Have a weird weekend

Amazing new imagery from NASA’s Dawn spacecraft revealing greater details from the strange white spots on Ceres

Will help you identify the thing staring at you from that corner over there

Fire in the hole!

A ruby-throated hummingbird takes a break

“There are doughnuts in the break room…”

∞ If you’re having a bad day remember that you could tickle a platypus and make it really happy

Just feeding rats to a wall of snakes

A firework under a frozen lake shows cool blast physics

∞ “My window was projecting a pinhole image through the curtains, so I recorded a time-lapse

Love everything about this

Nothing, just cooking steaks over lava


Pop Culture Happenings

∞ That time Tom Cruise helped change NASA’s website for the better

California might soon have the strictest microbead ban in the country

Why you should never start a land war in Asia, by the numbers

Killing 39 million birds to stop more from dying

∞ OK. I found a patent from Eddie Van Halen featuring a product image of…Eddie Van Halen.

Two Diablo III thieves got prosecuted for stealing virtual items that were later replaced

Delicate Glass Sea Life Sculptures by Emily Williams

One of the most impressive, well-edited skate films I’ve seen

Many Probiotics Taken for Celiac Disease Contain Gluten

Stop Drinking Bottled Water

GMO food bans pander to ignorance

California Senate votes to end the personal-belief vaccine waiver

∞ Everything about Mad Max’s guitar player was real

Tyson Reaction

The Science of

The Science of "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board"

Hitchcock's SPELLBOUND is the Weirdest Movie Ever

Hitchcock's SPELLBOUND is the Weirdest Movie Ever

Do You Relish the Thought of Pickle Cupcakes?

Do You Relish the Thought of Pickle Cupcakes?