Linkszomania for March 17, 2010

Every Wednesday, I’m going to take you on a whirlwind adventure of 13 links chronicling the news throughout the geek world I inhabit. Whether it’s movies, music, art, politics, gadgets, science, sports, grammar, or superheroes… nothing’s out of bounds and everything’s interesting.

Let it begin…

  1. Good news to start off your Wednesday: we are winning the war on cancer.
  2. How will the shamrock shortage in Ireland affect your St. Patrick’s Day?
  3. Currently, the best hybrid cars on the road offer about 48 miles per gallon – impressive, right? Well, a company called Transonic Combustion has developed a new fuel injection system that increases fuel efficiency by 50%.
  4. Even if you’ve already extensively thought about what you should do if you happened to be the first person to make contact with aliens, you should still probably look over this guide.
  5. How do NASA engineers test whether or not a helicopter will survive a crash? Well… they drop it.
  6. The next big thing in medical science has more to do with Nintendo than neuroscience… in theory, at least.
  7. Besides “who’s in your Final Four?” the most frequent question during March Madness has to be “wait, where is that school located?” With the help of Mental Floss, you will have all those geographical answers.
  8. Wired concedes that while no car is perfect, there are ten models that come pretty damn close.
  9. Maybe you missed that day in 7th grade science or maybe you just forgot but if you really wanted to know the actual reason why helium makes human voices sound squeaky, io9 has you covered.
  10. Two of the best things to do between 4 and 5 AM: swimming and baking.
  11. If you travel with pets a lot, you’re probably well aware that many hotels, restaurants, parks, and campgrounds may not be so tolerant of the presence of cats and dogs. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to find out which places are pet-friendly: Go Pet Friendly.
  12. Would you pay $500 to have baseball season tickets (read: reserved table, $25 bar credit for each game) at your local sports bar?
  13. Though reading about it may make you cringe and shift several times in your seat, the fact that a new procedure may reduce the amount of recovery time from sports hernia surgery is good news. I promise.

Have a week!

Justin Brown

Justin Brown is an artist and writer living in Virginia. He channels most of his enthusiasm into making things for his online art shop, Artness! by Justin Brown. You can keep up to date with him, his worldly adventures, and his dogs by following him on Instagram and on Facebook