If the prospect of a long weekend with the extended family (including dodgy uncles and nattering aunts) sends your brain spiralling into shut-down, better take this reading list with you! Our combination of scintillating videos, laugh-out-loud science jokes and thought-provoking blogs will keep your mind sharp and ready to metabolise your father’s verbal diarrhoea.
Here’s what you can look forward to…
Science Blog Roll
The Placebo Effect: Learn about this fascinating phenomenon as it influences our physical well-being in the total absence of any legitimate treatment.
Ode to Wine: Wine, glorious wine! In this funny science blog, we explore the chemistry and alchemy that goes into the making of our favourite social lubricant.
All Things Bright and Beautiful, Evolution Made Them All: Need I say more? Evolution is the mechanism by which life on Earth is able to change, adapt and diversify.
Amazing/Interesting/Fascinating Science Videos
Epic Rap Battles of History # 4: Technology giants Bill Gates and Steve Jobs go rhyme-to-rhyme in this amazing science video taken from the hilarious Epic Rap Battles of History.
The 10 Most Unreal Places on Earth: Take a journey through Earth’s 10 most surreal landscapes and unreal places, from a pink lake in Australia to the mammoth crystal caverns of Mexico. The is a MUST-SEE.
TED Talks with Adam Savage: One half of the genius behind Discovery’s “Mythbusters” spends a few minutes explaining how some of history’s most profound discoveries were made with just a spoonful of rationality, for example, the circumference of the Earth.
Driving Instructors Get Epically Pranked by Nerd Girl: If you have a thing for nerd girls, hard core female race drivers or watching innocent people get epically pranked, this video is for you! It had me in stitches.
When Earth and Space Collide: A Compilation of Meteor Footage – Need we say more? Actual footage of meteors, meteorites and one hypothetical scenario involving major asteroid impact. You WILL be entertained.
50 Orgasms a Day Has Girl on Her Knees in Pain: Meet the sufferers of a rare medical disorder that has them experiencing persistent and powerful sexual arousal and orgasm. What, at first, sounds pretty awesome turns out to be horrifying.
World’s Largest Cave Revealed: Take a journey through the world’s largest and most spectacular cave (Hang Son Doong, Vietnam) on the back of a remote controlled drone.
10 Amazing Photographs That’ll Blow Your Mind: 10 Amazing photographs of Earth and nature that you’ve probably never seen before, from the tongue under the microscope to a massive dust storm from the safety of the ocean. Prepare to “ooh” and “aah!”
Daily Dose of Funny Science
HAPPY EASTER WEEKEND!!
It’s that time of the week again! Time to reflect on the sheer genius that’s come to pass this week. Here’s a fresh blog roll, new and awesome science videos and some nerdy jokes…
Blog Post: Titanium – A whimsical look at the mega useful metal titanium, which is not only a great metaphor for emotional resilience, it’s also used to make dental implants, space shuttle and pro sporting equipment.
Blog Post: Fire and Brimstone – the Story of Volcanoes – When the Earth gets indigestion, interesting things happen to the local biology. Learn about the fiery personalities of volcanoes!
Blog Post: Goodness, Gracious Great Balls of Ice! The Story of Hail – Learn about the dynamics of hail formation and the incredible feats of douchbaggery severe thunderstorms are capable of.
Blog Post: All Things Bright and Beautiful – Evolution Made Them All! The driving force behind Earth’s amazing biological diversity is evolution. Read about the theory that pissed off the entire world and then went on to save it from ignorance.
Amazing Sciencey Videos
Amazing Science Video: Glacier in Time Lapse Film – Glaciers are huge rivers of ice that – as locked and immobile as they may seem – are actually in constant motion driven by immense forces of gravity. This video shows the Mont Blanc glacier (Italy) moving as captured on a time lapse camera, which is AWESOME.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Tackles Pointed Religious Question – In a moment that will make you want to high-five the nearest available hand, intellectual giant Neil deGrasse Tyson tangoes with a religious zealot.
Amazing Science Video: Volcanic Eruptions On Camera – Massive eruptions, sonic booms, pyroclastic flows and volcano tornadoes… if you find natural disasters sexy (from a safe distance), these three videos will definitely get your rocks off.
Amazing Hailstorm Videos – Hail is formed by severe thunderstorms and can range in size from super tiny pellets, which sound as though a mouse is tap-dancing on your roof, to massive grapefruits that plough straight THROUGH your roof. In this collection of three videos, we see just how large hailstones give tornadoes a run for their money in terms of the damage they can do.
The Lion Whisperer: Do NOT Try This on Safari – This CBS documentary short is about animal behaviourist and “lion whisperer” Kevin Richardson who has managed to integrate himself into a pride of beautiful lions, including majestic full-grown males. He hugs their massive heads, scratches their chins and rough-and-tumbles with them like he is one of them and yet, displays no more fear than if he were playing with his own pet dogs.
Semi-Frozen Slushy Waves Roll Ashore in New England – This video shows a series of images of ocean waves breaking on the shores of Nantucket in New England (northeast USA), only, there seems to be something distinctly different about these waves! They’re slightly frozen and so they look like giant slushy or “slurpee” waves!
Amazing Science Video: Orang-utan Behaving Like Human It’s getting hot in here, so soak a rag in your pond, wring it out and dab your face with it. Yes… it’s an orange-tan being super smart and humany.
Clouds of Hummingbirds Fed by Hand! This is just too darn precious!
Could This Be Evidence of Aliens and Other Unidentified Creatures? This video is a compilation of some pretty spooky images and video footage of unidentified creatures, hybrid animals and perhaps even aliens. It certainly raises questions as to whether or not we really know of all the animals we share this planet with and whether – by necessity – some large creatures have actually adapted to go virtually undetected by us.
Funny science pictures, memes and jokes to make you snort your morning coffee.