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The Fat Face Illusion Tricks Humans but Not Chimpanzees

When it comes to optical illusions, humans aren't the only suckers. Animals fall prey to plenty of the...

Is Your Backup Plan Holding You Back?

If you're about to sit an exam, have a spare pencil in case the first one breaks. If you're going to...

What the Spinning Dancer Illusion Reveals About Your Perceptual Bias

The silhouette illusion — an optical illusion featuring a spinning dancer — plays tricks on our visual...

Why It's So Hard to Find the Panda Among the Snowmen

There's a sneaky panda hiding in plain sight in a crowd of unsuspecting snowmen. Can you spot it? It...

5 'Negative' Things Your Brain Is Thankful For

As Thanksgiving approaches, Americans will be reflecting on things they're grateful for: family, health...

5 Paintings That Show How Salvador Dali Was a Master of Visual Illusion

The woman is naked, leaning forward slightly on her windowsill as she gazes out over the water. There...

Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Explain Sound to 11-Year-Olds

What is sound, anyway? Some of the most basic concepts of science are surprisingly hard to break down...

Thank Your Brain If Your Fear Response Is Embarrassing

It's about midnight; my husband and I are returning to our bed and breakfast after a night out. A wall...

We Made the Infamous Brain Cake and It's Pretty Good

The grand cake artist Yolanda Gampp has quite a number of mindblowing sweet inventions on her YouTube...

Turn Your Writing into Music with Typatone App and Experience Synesthesia

There's a now new way for experiencing your own writing. Typatone, an app made by Jono Brandel and Lullatone...

Perfect Circles: Why We Can Spot Them, But Can’t Draw Them

In the early 14th century, Pope Benedict sent one of his courtiers into Tuscany to fetch samples from...

A Joke in Your Brain from the Start to the Punchline

The search for the elusive funny bone has ended; it's located in the brain…and it isn't a bone. Humor...

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