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This Week in Science: Scooby Speech Disorder and LA’s Hyperloop

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

I didn’t know my baking trays needed laser cleaning but now they obviously do

NASA’s latest mission is separating twins for science

Surprises Emerge As More Hunter-Gatherer Microbiomes Come In

∞ It’s really hard to stick a camera on a manatee

“The data show that elephants have an amazing capacity for TNT detection

∞ Sylvain Chapeland captures March’s eclipse in an aircraft between Faroe islands and Iceland

Shape-shifting frog goes from zero to punk rock in seconds

A CD shattering at 170,000fps is mesmerizing

Vaccines prevented 40,127 deaths in the US over the last nine flu seasons

After selling PayPal, Elon Musk’s main mission was to increase NASA’s budget. Such a solid dude

In cancer treatment, some researchers have found the “Angelina Jolie Effect”

Is weedkiller going to give us cancer? Taking a measured look at the new IARC report

You can cook rice to make it way healthier

Does malaria make us smell like lemons?

∞ How a bee sting saved my life

Hawaii’s Kilauea is the real Mount Doom

Thars gold in them thar hills (of poo)

Why you should (almost) never believe a single medical study

Long-neck dinos likely had the longest nerves in nature


Extreme Nerdery

∞ DIY science turns a biohacker into Riddick

You find a mint-condition old plotter. What do you do with it? Have it draw an AT-AT

The entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, ranked


The Walking Ventura

A freediver makes it look like he’s entering a stargate

∞ Scooby Doo’s speech disorder has a name, because science

It makes me happy that this gift would be *perfect* for a few people I know

Did Boeing really just patent a deflector shield? Kind of

∞ This fan-drawn Star Wars anime is honestly the coolest thing I’ve seen all year


Sciencey GIFs and Images

“wait, i can haz bath like people?”

∞ Watching a 3-foot balloon pop, I unintentionally made a mesmerizing GIF

Open wide

When will genetic engineering get me a dog-sized house cat?

∞ Watching a great white hit and chase a tow cam is arresting

Food coloring propagates through a vortex

Even Predator can’t see like our MRIs can

How to wash a bald head in space

∞ A plane flies over a long-exposure of the Ring Nebula

Modern Geppetto

Every once in a while there are some basketball physics that make me woah


Pop Culture Happenings

∞ Designer Seb Lester can make logos come alive by hand

Can Somebody Tell Me What Monsanto Is So I Can Hate It?

Ted Cruz still doubling down on “no warming in last 17 years” claim, still wrong

The new edition of DUNE looks *gorgeous*

Before writing sciencey stuff with Nerdist, I was fighting the fakers with James Randi. His podcast with Hardwick

∞ Nothing could ever go wrong with this handheld flamethrower you can now pre-order

The Hyperloop is setting up shop in LA

Wow, Twitch Plays Pokemon caught all 151 in Pokemon Red (after 39 days of play time)

Twitch beats Pokemon, ends run with a special battle against Professor Oak

FEMA to only approve disaster-preparedness funds “for states whose governors approve plans addressing climate change”

∞ SpaceX photos are now fully in the public domain

Tyson Boop

Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd Recreate Go West Video

Jimmy Fallon and Paul Rudd Recreate Go West Video

DOCTOR WHO for Newbies: The Eighth Doctor & The Wilderness Years

DOCTOR WHO for Newbies: The Eighth Doctor & The Wilderness Years