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Study Reveals How Magic Works. Scientists are figuring out how magicians fool our brains in research that also helps uncover how our mind actually works.

Study Reveals How Magic Works

A great deal of what scientists now understand about how the human visual system works stems from research into our susceptibility to optical illusions. A 5-minute drivelapse of the country. Eye Tricks: Gallery of Optical Illusions. NASA time-lapse of Earth is actually mesmerizing. Every time I see a time-lapse film, I think one thing: "They're about to sell me a car.

NASA time-lapse of Earth is actually mesmerizing

" Yet this particular piece of footage, taken from the International Space Station between August and October this year, is curiously mesmerizing. Taken with a special low-light 4K camera, it manages to show the world as, well, other-worldly. Earth | Time Lapse View from Space | Fly Over | Nasa, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo. Posted to Vimeo by the film's editor, Michael Koenig, it melds the passing of time over various continents and timezones into a quite stunning impression of a planet that still enjoys life and beauty, even if it's not always immediately visible. Even the Northern Lights seem even more magical than usually promised.

It's a five-minute whole that somehow manages to remove the mind from the deep, dark hole of financial crises, political debates, bankrupt nations and crushing inequality that is occurring beneath the lights and the clouds. C3 Technologies' 3D Mapping Looks Freaking Amazing. Jonas Pfeil & Team's Amazing Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera. Trippy Multidirectional Face Illusions. Venezuelan artist Jesús González Rodríguez has a project called 1/2 that features strange Photoshopped portrait illusions.

Trippy Multidirectional Face Illusions

They each show half a face, but is that face looking to the left or towards the camera? Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can. I love a good hack, especially one that requires me to throw back a cold one before hand (or during).

Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can

This simple wifi boost has actually been shown to increase signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars. And, well, I will drink to that. These instructions came to us via WikiHow and we think they are most definitely worth checking out. The Hidden Infrastructure of the Internet - Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg - Video. The Internet is more than just a series of tubes, but how many people can actually describe the physical structure of the networks we use every day?

The Hidden Infrastructure of the Internet - Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg - Video

Andrew Blum argues in "Tunisia, Egypt, and Miami: The Importance of Internet Choke Points" that the hubs that connect this "network of networks" are incredibly vital, and vulnerable, whether located in Egypt or the U.S. Ben Mendelsohn explores this subject in Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors, a short documentary created for his masters thesis at the New School. He takes us inside 60 Hudson Street in New York City, a nondescript building that houses one of the major nodes of the Internet on the east coast. In an interview below, he talks about the making of the film and why these structures matter. Bundled, Buried and Behind Closed Doors - Video. The Internet is more than just a series of tubes, but how many people can actually describe the physical structure of the networks we use every day?

Bundled, Buried and Behind Closed Doors - Video

Andrew Blum argues in "Tunisia, Egypt, and Miami: The Importance of Internet Choke Points" that the hubs that connect this "network of networks" are incredibly vital, and vulnerable, whether located in Egypt or the U.S. Ben Mendelsohn explores this subject in Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors, a short documentary created for his masters thesis at the New School. He takes us inside 60 Hudson Street in New York City, a nondescript building that houses one of the major nodes of the Internet on the east coast. Surf Video Suspends Time Like 'The Matrix' - Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg - Video. 10 Cases of Spontaneous Human Combustion. Every serious fire expert will tell you that spontaneous human combustion is a myth (this includes my cousin who is one of the two main Fire Marshalls for Baltimore City).

10 Cases of Spontaneous Human Combustion

Every single case that has been studied forensically has proven that there was an external ignition source and that the person burned inside of a small, tightly sealed room where their body essentially smoldered but could not fully ignite due to limited oxygen, that's why the rest of the room doesn't burn. Most times they are either drunk, unconscious, enfeebled or had some other situation like they actually died of natural causes and fell into an ignition source (fireplace, candle, etc.) which started them burning. 21st-Century China - Alan Taylor - In Focus. China, the most populous country (1.3 billion people) and the second-largest economy in the world, is a vast, dynamic nation that continues to grow and evolve in the 21st century.

21st-Century China - Alan Taylor - In Focus

Recent events in China include a successful satellite launch that lays the groundwork for a space station, the completion of a massive skyscraper in a rather small village, the 26th Universiade games for student athletes, the celebration of National Day, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and much more. This collection is only a small view of the people and places in China over the past several weeks. [49 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: "It walks like it shit itself" -Karl Pilkington : funny. 10 Life Lessons from Esquire's "What I've Learned" Interviews. I Make Things - Bre Pettis Blog - The Cult of Done Manifesto.

Dear Members of the Cult of Done, I present to you a manifesto of done.

I Make Things - Bre Pettis Blog - The Cult of Done Manifesto

This was written in collaboration with Kio Stark in 20 minutes because we only had 20 minutes to get it done. The Cult of Done Manifesto. Mapping European Stereotypes. By Maria Popova.

Mapping European Stereotypes

Glorious Retrofuture from Japan. "QUANTUM SHOT" #732Link - article by Avi Abrams These are very rare and beautiful visions, published in Japan in the 1930s-1960s We are continuing our ever-popular series of extremely rare and fantastic retrofuture finds (see here), in which we unearth futuristic gems from various countries and strange sources (mostly non-US). Today we will be treading a fertile territory of science fiction art and futuristic illustrations from Japan - a country of unlimited dreams and super-charged imagination.

Octopus. Fish Photographed Using Tools to Eat. By Mark Brown, Wired UK Professional diver Scott Gardner has captured what are believed to be the first images of a wild fish using a tool. The picture above, captured in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, shows a foot-long blackspot tuskfish smashing a clam on a rock until it cracks open, so the fish can gobble up the bivalve inside. [partner id="wireduk" align="right"]Tool use was once thought to be exclusive to humans, and was considered a mark of our superior intelligent and bulging brains. In recent decades, though, more and more animals have shown an ability to work with tools and objects.