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This Week in Science: Tatooine Sunsets and Hulk’s Hue

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 most beautiful animal you’ve never seen

“Cigarettes are the most dangerous consumer products ever invented. Saying e-cigs are not as bad is not saying much.”

The Mephisto Spiral is so simple, but so brain-breaking

∞ How Do Swarming Bats Avoid Crashing Into Each Other?

“Without a diaphragm, humans might not have been able to evolve giant — but oxygen-hungry — brains.

∞ New study suggests that years of gaming make for better visual learners

A lot of planets may have Tatooine’s sunset

GMOs are Still the Best Bet for Feeding the World

Mathematical Pattern Found in Enigmatic Radio Bursts, But It’s Not E.T.

Scientists Uncover Yet Another Cambrian Weirdo

∞ We’ve solved the mystery of the food coloring drops that chase each other

How do water striders stride across water? With surface tension paddles

NASA’s getting closer to another “flying saucer” test

Why are these bugs moving in sync?

Will You Be Able to Read this Article in 1,000 Years?

∞ “The sheer amount of time parents spend with their kids has virtually no relationship to how children turn out

The first images of a live giant squid, seen attacking Edith Widder’s light trap. Her TED talk.

A lobster leaves his body

I love when physics is intuitive: a top spins much longer without air resistance

Time lapse of Undulatus Asperatus clouds in Augusta, Georgia

Did dinosaurs have whiskers?

Why some astronauts wanted a shrimp cocktail before every dinner

“Real” vampires know almost nothing of how vampires are depicted in pop culture

That Time an Astronaut Smuggled a Corned Beef Sandwich To Space

CDC Alert: Drug-Resistant Foodborne Illness Spreads in US

How you can be older than your twin


Extreme Nerdery

Alright math teacher dude, this prank would totally brighten my day

∞ Fashion It So, a fashion blog analyzing the costumes of Star Trek TNG

Nielsen ratings for all recent Star Trek episodes

Maybe the Hulk is green because he is one big bruise

As our ability to resolve Jupiter increases…

She’s more like a jumping spider, but undeniably creepy/cool

Kip Thorne hopes that Interstellar might pull students away from Wall Street and into physics

Max Mad. Power Wheels.

∞ The sales of Cards Against Humanity’s new science pack go towards a scholarship for women in STEM

What if I want to make my burial at space really weird?


Sciencey GIFs and Images

∞ Taking a shower after getting home from a convention

The ingenuity of this eagle is going to ruin your day

Cover an egg in soot and the carbon traps a layer of air

Fiber optic cables are basically near-perfect laser reflectors

∞ A hummingbird angles the feathers on its face to impress with its iridescence

The MythBusters perfectly capture relative velocity in one of my favorite GIFSs

Master pickpocket Apollo Robbins is really a master of attention

Atlas missile malfunction


Pop Culture Happenings

A Comprehensive Updated List of Every Celebrity Linked to Scientology

∞ The TSA’s profiling techniques have little scientific basis

Another beautiful starling “sky trails” video

I’m already taking air baths

The wonder of Reddit, ladies and gentlemen, is the virality of a grilled cheese rant

The world’s most trafficked animal needs our help

“We would know the mind of god,” if there was one.

Computers can’t blur colors correctly because…

Tyson Boop

Bigfoot Bundt Cake

Bigfoot Bundt Cake

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Originally Had an Insane Backstory

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG Originally Had an Insane Backstory

Giraffes Barely Sleep, and When They do, it's on Their Butts

Giraffes Barely Sleep, and When They do, it's on Their Butts