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This Week in Science: The Dress Illusion Explained and Star Trek Tributes

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

Still amazing to watch: A jaguar takes a caiman

Really awesome to see a chemical at its “triple point.” Cyclohexane boils and freezes simultaneously

Mars One Will Blast Off, But Probably Not Toward Mars

You can’t even see 50 shades of gray

I’m in love with atomic science even more after this article: “The Weight of a Butterfly”

What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan?

The Dress still breaking your brain? Understanding these more basic illusions might help

The GOSE-R spacecraft will observe Earth and (probably) not giant marshmallow monsters

Hold still for a moment. You are helping put off the heat death of the universe

Slurpee waves!

A short-lived fish is our next experiment in human aging

Put tick antifreeze proteins in me so I can sled nude ok thanx bi

Almost everything you’ve ever wanted to know about octopus sex

There was no global warming “pause,” the rate of warming slowed, but it’s still warming

NASA shows us a blue sunset on Mars. It’s even better than Tatooine’s.

Would Headlights Work at Light Speed?

Infinity paper airplane

What dessicated, beetle-bitten, mummified brains look like

If our days lasted 90 minutes, we would be weightless

You can be scared to death if your heart can’t handle it

Fire ants got everywhere by being stowaways

Fishing For the Microbes Behind Malnutrition

What are food additives getting our gut microbes to do?

A black hole that shines 40,000 times brighter than the entire Milky Way is too big

Siberia’s “end of the world” is still exploding

Make no mistake, Stephen Hawking is an extraordinary example of survival. But why?

Believers in conspiracy theories are much more robust in Facebook sharing

The crumpling of a drag racer’s tire shows the raw power the vehicles deal with

Drag racers put out enough sound to make foam in your water bottle

The internet age has made myths easier to make, not easier to debunk

Why is February so short? Because it’s the garbage heap of calendar months

The foam in your latte helps to keep it from spilling

Why does this jar of peanut butter cost $761? It’s the peanut butter standard

Ferns separated by 60 million years of evolution can still have sex, make viable offspring

The world’s rarest big cats have just doubled their tiny population

Marine animals have gotten much, much bigger over the last half-billion years

Feeding infants peanut protein seems to drastically reduce peanut allergies later in life

A flapjack octopus is deep sea dorbs

Marijuana is so, so much safer than alcohol

What do we really know about the possibility of airborne Ebola?

I really enjoy being on the back of a leatherback sea turtle as it gulps down jellies

Emus vs. weasel ball

Art installation uses Geiger counters to flicker a chandelier in response to ambient radiation


Extreme Nerdery

A touching salute to the power of science fiction, inspiration, and Leonard Nimoy

Head for the Rocky Mountains if a zombie outbreak hits the US

The closest thing we have to the Star Wars worm that lives in asteroids

Star Fox’s Falco Lombardi is a red-throated caracara

xkcd dubs The Dress “the white-balance illusion”

What color is that damn dress!?! I HAD TO KNOW

A website that tracks where our robots are exploring the universe

Crikey steveirwini is the only species in the genus Crikey.”

Maybe the Zelda timeline makes more sense with quantum mechanics

xkcd again amazes with a chart of past and future stories

Making a LEGO Oscar

What it looks like to beat the hardest Super Mario World levels ever, after 3 years of work

Just when you thought the land was safe, octopuses become Zoidbergs

A LEGO sarlacc diorama. Enough said

Your geeky dinner parties won’t be complete without space-time decor

When pangolins go bipedal it looks just like the Mondoshawans from The Fifth Element


Sciencey GIFs and Images

Horseshoe crabs: The original paddle wheels

Feeding a hungry hummingbird must feel like magic

A GIF of the recently caught monstrous wels catfish

Baby it’s cold outside

Brake horsepower

A gas leak under a New Jersey home explodes, captured on dash cam (no fatalities)

I absolutely love superimposed baseball GIFs

SloMo Lab’s exploding of a rubber band ball goes exactly as I wanted it to

Sharks: Better fishermen than you

I don’t why it weirds me out that snails have mouths, but it totally does.

Dumbo octopuses are dorbs

When you think you’ve caught a piece of ocean refuse but…

Mimosa pudica: The “touch me not” plant

Flying into the eye of a hurricane is the most epic flight

The red-throated caracara feeds its young wasp larvae. To get them it flies into the nests, swarming with defenders

Now witness the fire power of this armed and fully operational battle cone

Work on Monday morning is a bobbit worm

An Island in a Lake on an Island in a Lake on an Island


Pop Culture Happenings

Bill Nye has revised his view on GM foods and will revise his new book accordingly

I wish this button would work now more than ever

Trade in Shark Fins Takes a Plunge

America Ebola outbreak measures: “It doesn’t appear that science was taken into consideration.”

The future gladiators are adorned with carbon fiber

WIRED’s TNG binge watching guide is a great primer for the best sci-fi series ever

Wow I’ve never seen the buffalo-sized, wind-powered strandbeests

Meanwhile, in Russia

And someone’s enemy finally gets a letter filled with f***ing glitter

50 Shades of Grey of course changed porn search terms almost instantly

Hungarian student designs banknotes that are beautiful, functional, and full of nature

More than 1,000 astounding vintage NASA photographs went up for auction

A petition to pardon 49,000 British men prosecuted for their sexual orientation is gaining momentum

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



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