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Bill Nye to Save the World… With a Netflix Series

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Long before the Doctor made bow-ties cool, there’s was another man of science trying to make learning everything about the universe cool while wearing a bow-tie, and his name was Bill Nye. In the 90s, he was The Science Guy, and like science-tainment hosts of the past like Mr. Wizard, he tried to get a generation of kids high on science, and for five years between 1993 and 1998, he did just that. But in these extraordinary times of anti-science sentiment, we need more than a “Science Guy”, we need someone to Save the World. Starting next year, Nye will do just that in a series called, appropriately enough, Bill Nye Saves the World(more…)

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So if you saw Ant-Man at any point in the last several days, you’ve probably been wondering: is any of the stuff the ants do in the movie legit? That is to say, are the depictions of ants in the film scientifically accurate? It’s not like Hollywood movies put a premium on scientific-correctness, I mean have you seen the works of Roland Emmerich? Still, it’s kind of fun to consider where fantasy ends and realism begins, and to that end, some industrious internet journalist thought, “Hey, let’s ask an ant expert some of the stuff they do in the name of fighting evil and coolness in Ant-Man. Some of the answers may surprise you. (more…)

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I know that as nerds we obsess over the fine details of everything. We like quantify and categorize and structuring our little realms and apply real world dynamics and logistics to them. How much would is cost to be Batman? How much would it cost to be Iron Man? How much would all the property damage committed by the Chitauri in The Avengers cost? But really, what are the odds that any of that stuff could happen? Having a little boy though that is as destructive as an F1 tornado? Now that’s something believable we can get our calculators out for! A recent journal article aimed to quantify one of the key nerd queries of our time: Just how much damage did Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes cause during his 10 years of carnage on the comics page? (more…)

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Scientists who don’t live in comic books have yet to unlock the secret of the serum that turned a 98 pound weakling into a block of ultra-patriotic, Nazi-pounding supermuscle, sadly.

However, Suveen Mathaudhu, a program manager in the materials science division of the U.S. Army Research Office and adjunct materials science professor at NC State University (plus a big, damn comic book geek), thinks he can explain certain aspects of Captain America‘s trusty vibranium shield to us mortals:  (more…)

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Doctor Octopus is one of Spider-Man’s most well-known arch-enemies, a once well-intentioned scientist turned monstrous by a lab accident that fused a set of four mechanical arms to his body permanently. When Doc Ock was created in the 60s, the idea of mechanical assistant arms like those was science fiction, but the Germans seemed to have now caught up to make fiction fact by reveling to the world – da, da, dummmmm – working Dock Ock-ish arms. (more…)

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: I do not know why anyone in their right mind would want to have a Game of Thrones themed wedding, that’s asking for disaster and death but I suppose if you’re going to go for it, you might as well have this glorious cake! I really hope the insides of the cake are red velvet. [Neatorama]

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Spot-on Rose Tyler and Donna Noble spotted at C2E2. Well, that’s a fan-fiction I never thought of before. I’ll be in my bunk.  [FashionablyGeek]

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Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Fem Gambit by cosplayer Nadyasonika.  Mon Ami, what a fantastic cross-gender cosplay! [ObviousWinner]

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Not to say that it would be EASY to pull off, but as far as the tensile strength of certain kinds of spider webbing go–specifically that of the Darwin’s bark spider–stopping a subway train might be “amazing”, but it’s by no means absurd.

A group of students at the University of Leicester (on the heels of another academic who recently built a “spider sense suit”) determined that to stop a train as in the famous scene from Spider-Man 2, the webbing would need to absorb approximately 500 million joules of energy to withstand 300,000 Newtons of force without snapping. All it needs is to be properly anchored–and get this: Only ONE strand of spider silk would be necessary, not the multiple strands Spidey uses in the film (though I have to applaud his erring on the side of caution). It just HAS to be the Darwin’s bark spider, whose silk is 10 times stronger than kevlar.

As one of the study’s (charmingly titled “Doing Whatever A Spider Can”) three authors, Alex Stone puts it:

“It is often quoted that spider webs are stronger than steel, so we thought it would be interesting to see whether this held true for Spider-Man’s scaled up version. We were surprised to find out that the webbing was portrayed accurately.”

Fascinating….But I admit I have my doubts: Someone get Mythbusters on this!

Source: The Mary Sue