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The Kanizsa Triangle: You Can’t Believe Your Eyes

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A 'perceptual hypothesis' in your brain modulates your perception of shapes. See that black outline triangle? Good. See the other triangl... Read More


Five Facts You Did Not Know About Eggshells

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Novel uses for eggshells How many times a week do you have eggs for breakfast? I'm guessing three to four times. If your answer is yes,... Read More


How Dead Soldier’s Teeth At Waterloo Became Fashion

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When Europeans started consuming lots of sugar, with no fake teeth available. Teeth have always been a commodity. In the 17th and 18t... Read More


How Colors Can Translate The Language Of Our Cosmos

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Hubble-telescope perceives things we will never see ourselves. Take a moment to look at some of the stellar images on this page. Go a... Read More


New Teeth Without Surgical Pain

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Engineering artificial teeth without current complications. There was a time when people with problematic teeth were deprived of them,... Read More


Virtual Customer Service Agents: Any Help?

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A new study shows how to simulate genuine, friendly and personal customer service online. Perhaps you are able to recall this, but th... Read More


Let’s Do Business:) How People Use Emoticons At Work

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 Researchers find three communicative functions of smileys. When the computer scientist Scott Fahlman proposed the smiley face : - ) as a ... Read More


Google Biases Your Search for Scientific Information

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Top-ranked sites on Google have different thematic emphasis than lower-ranked sites For most people in the world, Google is the main po... Read More


Artist Simon Beck Draws Geometry With Snowshoes

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How Simon Beck goes to work. He studied engineering science and now works as a map maker. But he gets even cooler when he performs his ... Read More


Machine Made Body Parts

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 3D printed skin may be stronger than mother nature's. I first heard about this while I was watching Grey's Anatomy. Meredith was trying t... Read More


Short Video Shows Beauty of Mathematics

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Mathematics possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty (B. Russell). Mathematics is always thought to be difficult, abstract and far ... Read More


Serious Gaming, Serious Fun?

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Competition as a cost effective way to motivate players of serious games Serious gaming is big business. Many organizations – companies, ... Read More


Will the 21th Century Become the Age of Killer Robots?

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We are advised not to support killer robots. All 270 members of ICRAC, the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, have recen... Read More


3-D Printing Good For The Environment

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Why printing at home is greener than mass production. Have you always wanted a 3-D printer but never really had a justification for the... Read More


Possible Soon: Living In A Spaceship

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How we can build a solid spaceship within a few years. The United States government is aching for war this past month, more than it usu... Read More


Computer Simulations Reveal War Drove the Rise of Civilisations

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The model predicts the rise of empires with 65% accuracy. According to British historian Arnold Toynbee, “History is just one damned ... Read More


Open Plan Offices Attract Highest Levels of Dissatisfaction

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The benefits for workers are quickly outweighed by the disadvantages. Open plan offices attract the highest levels of worker dissatisfa... Read More


This 1970s Cold War Era Home Was Built 26 Feet Underground

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The 1978 home was constructed to withstand a nuclear blast. It had to be. Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who had the home built, planned t... Read More


The Future Of Robots: Emotional But Less Human

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BBC predicts in what form robots will eventually take over With British humour and refreshingly unpretentious cartoons BBC-presentator ... Read More


Europe’s Ambitions Of Becoming the Innovation Union

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Are the high hopes of the 2020 program coming true? Forget natural resources and cheap labor, argues Rus Mircea-Iosif in his recently publi... Read More


Unfriend: Facebook Oversharers Lose Out in Real Relationships

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We all have that Facebook contact (if not, in the old sense of the word, friend) who is subject to oversharing. Incessant updates about rela... Read More


Explainer: How Do You Destroy a Hard Drive?

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Smashing a hard drive is a sure way to stop it functioning as intended Anyone who looked at The Guardian’s website this week will have ... Read More


Adding BRAND-NEW Amino Acids to Life!

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Another episode of Brainstorm, presented by Q Dragon. This week on Brainstorm, our top story again comes from the world of biotechnolog... Read More


Chimera Viruses To Fight Disease

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Video: Brainstorm Episode 150 This week on Brainstorm, our top story comes from the world of biotechnology. A team at Rice University has... Read More


Objectively Evaluating the Taste of Food – It’s Possible

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Researchers are developing a method of measuring taste using human taste receptors. Objective quantification of taste intensity would b... Read More


Scientists Make ‘Impossible Material’ … by Accident

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Swedish researchers resolved a century-old chemistry problem. Researchers in Uppsala, Sweden accidentally left a reaction running over ... Read More


Five Things the Washington Post Can Learn from Amazon

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The Washington Post’s purchase by Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos is the latest example of a new generation of internet moguls spending ... Read More


Beautifully Restored WO II Pictures

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Japanese Astronaut Takes Friendly Robot Along

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Robot for fighting society's loneliness now sent into space In our more and more individualistic societies we eventually need robots to... Read More


Lightest Material on Earth Invented

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The material could be used to absorb polluting substances, such as oil. In China the lightest material on Earth has recently been inven... Read More


Produce Mammoth Stem Cells, Says Creator of Dolly the Sheep

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The development of some form of mammoth creature or hybrid might be possible It is unlikely that a mammoth could be cloned in the way w... Read More


5 Futurologist’s Predictions That Didn’t Come True (Yet)

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Where they were too optimistic about our current world In the L.A. Times of April third, 1988, journalist Nicole Yorkin paints a pict... Read More


Why Your Phone Must Be Powered Down on Flights

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Why are we forced to turn off electronic devices during take-off and landing? It’s a fact of life for anyone boarding a plane: all el... Read More


Rats With (Not Quite) Telepathy

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It’s communication from one brain to another Ten years ago, Professor Miguel Nicolelis and his team at Duke University made history. Th... Read More


Explainer: How To Land a Plane

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The goal is to gradually reduce height and speed It is still far too early in the investigation into the accident involving Asiana fl... Read More


Cool Physics: Magnetic Floating Table

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 The Float table is a matrix of “magnetized” wooden cubes that levitate with respect to one another. The repelling cubes are held in ... Read More