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This Week in Science: Greedo Catfish and Lightning Labs

This Week in Science: Greedo Catfish and Lightning Labs

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

Inside one host, tapeworms of different ages battle for complete mind-control

Climate change brings the dreaded pink slug back to California’s coasts

Behind the only windows not on Earth is a workstation out of a sci-fi novel

Scientists tried to catalog the New York subway’s microbiome. Half of it was unrecognizable

Do you really want to live forever? Yes, says the hydra

Mommy pufferfish don’t let their little ones leave home without some poison

Pluto won’t be lonely for long. It’s about to get its first visitor

Notes From Alan Turing’s Code-Breaking Days Found in Roof Insulation

Foundation claims that bald eagles are being poisoned by euthanized animals

People throwing stuff into Yellowstone’s Morning Glory changed its color

That thing where you cause an avalanche

The Horrors of Fishing With Dynamite

Great animation of how measles spreads through vaccinated and unvaccinated populations

One way to keep elephants from eating your crops? Bees.

How measles became a master of contagion

Using facial recognition software to find out why monkey faces are so colorful

The first fire-fighting robot isn’t fire-proof, but is still pretty cool

What? BEDBUGS is evolving!

Cassini Approaches Saturn

Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors?

This is what measles in the US looked like before vaccines

Shots save lives.

Earth’s Dashboard Is Flashing Red

The Lab Where Lightning Always Strikes the Same Place

One of my favorite science terms: Lazarus taxon

The speed of light is the fastest speed, but it looks pretty slow over cosmic distances

Cats are always cold in our houses. That could be one reason why they love boxes

Dolphins might mourn

There is a real way in which flipped coins caught in the air are fairer than coins left to hit the ground

We don’t know if male astronauts can get erections in space

One number that will help you understand the measles outbreak

To understand the mental health of other cultures, we need to understand their metaphors

Students of the near future should be learning about another kind of chemical bond

We’ve carried around a huge amount of viral DNA for millions of years, but new invasions have slowed

Deep ocean currents are invisible, powerful, and otherworldly


Extreme Nerdery

Owl Dance-Off

Why can’t I power my phone like a lighter?

I really hope live-action Legend of Zelda will feature the amazing physics we all expect

Star Wars has made billions of dollars in almost every entertainment medium

The programming of Pac-Man’s ghosts was actually brilliant

Millennium. Falcon. Drone.

We now have a Greedo catfish


In the tunnels at CERN, of course there are Half-Life lambdas, because physicists

In which my colleague tells Sean Bean how often he actually dies with my data


My favorite Star Wars fan theory ever

J. Lo’s new movie has no idea how old the Iliad is

A guide to the solar system etched into this cutting board

One of my favorite Magic cards contains an arresting optical illusion


Sciencey GIFs and Images

Why did Hitchcock need fake birds when stuff like this happens?

This necklace only has three colors. C’mon brain you can do this

Like a (seal) boss

You didn’t know that goats guarded the gates of Hell, did you?

Conservation of angular hamster momentum

Just think of how far we’ve come, getting an image like this

A corneal transplantation

Bunker-penetrating missiles are scary as hell

Did you know that the phrase, “when the shit hits the fan” is originally from Hippo-language

Wait. I thought you were going for that salmon.

Real snowpiercer is better than Snowpiercer

A flowing lava GIF, perfectly looped

When a Humboldt squid says hello

Impact physics is beautiful

A nuclear blast 0.025 seconds after detonation

That thing when a bear is a cat with yarn

A goshawk’s transparent eyelids

The fog gun

An octopus’ version of “Don’t tread on me”

This vehicle is incredible. It fires a mine-clearing line charge like a coiled snake to get rid of land mines

Coiling honey is so so satisfying

A better mousetrap

Anti-ship cruise missiles are getting really advanced

Flounder camouflage isn’t osprey-proof

Anti-vax logic


It’s not the most fun footage to watch, but watching cat catch a bird on the run is fascinating

I could watch the precision flight of the African goshawk all day

Watch how stabilized a kestrel’s head can be while riding turbulent air

Good to know that moray eels react just like we do to tentacled face attacks


Pop Culture Happenings

Health Experts Recommend Standing Up At Desk, Leaving Office, Never Coming Back

“Even if the vaccine did cause autism, which it fucking doesn’t, it would still be worth it

This fan-made Evangelion short rivals Pacific Rim (kinda)

I’m Autistic, And Believe Me, It’s A Lot Better Than Measles

Kinetic ‘Insecta’ Lamps

Do Sharks Make Good Dancers? Because internet

“There is every reason to get vaccinated — there aren’t reasons to not.” — Obama

Tyson Boop

John Cleese Recapping THE WALKING DEAD Is Simply Delightful

John Cleese Recapping THE WALKING DEAD Is Simply Delightful

THE WALKING DEAD Premiere Had a Subtle Heartbreaking Moment You Might Have Missed

THE WALKING DEAD Premiere Had a Subtle Heartbreaking Moment You Might Have Missed

Hyper Realistic Superhero Portraits Are Amazing and Terrifying

Hyper Realistic Superhero Portraits Are Amazing and Terrifying