Alicia LeRoy

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Tell us something we don't know: why science can't show us much about art

The scientific ‘discovery’ that Van Gogh’s art changed after his 1888 breakdown proves a forensic approach is no match for the subjective eye of an art lover<p>Related: Science peers into Van Gogh's Bedroom to shine light on colors of artist's mind<p>I am happy to announce a new annual award, the Vincent …

Art

Art and technology make each other better—so why do we make ourselves choose?

Growing up, I had two favorite things.<p>I loved art.<p>And I loved science.<p>I was always made to feel that these two interests were unrelated. I had art class at school. I had science class at school. Sometimes I did watercolors on the weekend. Sometimes I taught myself programming on the weekend.<p>And …

Comic Books

Should we be treating suicide differently?

Robin Williams’ recent death has triggered many discussions about suicide. But as David Robson discovers, scientists are finding new ways to identify those at risk – potentially opening the way for better targeted treatments.<p>It is so easy to read meaning into the smallest things after a tragedy. In …

Can historically inaccurate movies still win Oscars?

It's Oscars time again, and this year many of the big contenders have one thing in common. Two thirds of the contenders for best film are based on historical events. History also picks up four out of five best actor nominations, two out of five best actresses, and three out of five directors. So …

Should we engineer animals to be smart like humans?

What if it were possible to engineer animals to be as intelligent as us? As Tim Maughan discovers, we may have already started.<p>Human beings have long believed that it is our unique level of intelligence that separates us from other animals. Our ability for higher learning, creative thought, and – …

University of Sheffield

A perfectly normal psychological effect is messing with your perception of the world

Why do we endure hard breakups just to think fondly of them later?<p>And why do we loathe serial killers but revere Al Capone?<p>The answer to all those questions is a built-in mechanism of the mind called "psychological distance."<p>Normally, adults can do a reasonably good job of putting themselves inside …