Nerdery: 06.06.2014

~The Internet is full of interesting stuff~
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Why does the oobleck act like that?

Researchers fired sound waves and bullets at spider silk to learn more about its sonic properties.

Scientists Invent a Laser That Fires Electrical Charge, Not Light

A fascinating creature that can change transparency—and consequently visibility—at will

Mind and body control? Male castration? Let’s take a moment to be grateful that this parasite’s host of choice is not humans.

A Submarine for Saturn’s Moon Titan? NASA Backs Way-Out Ideas

There’s a creature that can consume a 9-foot great white, leaving nothing but its tracking device behind. And scientists have no idea what it is?
(edit: Oh, wait. Mystery solved.)

This study shows that mice whose sires were chronically exposed to alcohol were less likely to consume alcohol themselves. Less likely. Which is kind of the opposite of what’s been shown in humans.

A look at the causes that speed aging rather than the usual efforts to discover ways to slow it down

Stronger Brains, Weaker Bodies. On metabolism and what it means to be human.


“Chasing ideas, no matter how implausible they seem, leads to discovery.” How James Dyson nearly invented Google Glass back in 2001.

Alvin, the little sub that could, turns 50.

Ever wonder where all the talent that concentrated in Silicon Valley originated?

The shift in search from Google to apps

Turn your selfies into art with a new algorithm from MIT.

Sign language recognition comes to the tablet

Beautiful. And a reminder of the wonders of space.

Whoever is behind the CIA’s first official tweet is brilliant.

Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.


All men must donate. If you have $20,000 laying around, you could get a chance to die by the pen of Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin.

Does there come a point when some people just become too rich or too bored?

I’m all for anatomically correct superheroes. Just maybe not so prominently displayed over a playground.

Supercut of TV’s greatest catchphrases. Bazinga!

A wonderfully written profile on John Green. How the author of “The Fault in Our Stars” built an ardent army of fans.

Ah, nostalgia. Who you gonna call?

If this is true, I may have to root for Benedict Cumberbatch.


“Don’t confuse marketing with content.” I refuse to pigeonhole my literary interests. Why you shouldn’t either.

LEGO to Produce Female Scientist Minifigure Set. Well, it’s about time.

100-Year-Old Negatives Discovered in Block of Ice in Antarctica

Obi-Wan and Scotty both served in the same war. Who knew?

A look at the Sailor Moon reboot

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