Kirsten Crawford

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The Clever Hacks That Made Old-School Graphics Work

It's not easy getting color images on a computer with 32K of memory.<p>Old-school pixel graphics are something of a trend in many modern-day indie games. But the look of early games wasn't just a style choice. It was the direct resut of computers that didn't have a lot of power, and the clever hacks …

Computer Science

7 Cognitive Biases That Are Holding You Back

You may believe that your conscious self is in control of your life, but the scientific reality is very much the opposite. Conquer these biases to turn things around.<p>The brain is surprisingly resource intensive, making up about 2 percent of your body weight, but consuming 20 percent of your …

Critical Thinking

The Strange, Ethically Ambiguous World of Biological Art

Australian artist Oron Catts is at the bleeding edge—literally—of a discipline that meddles with life for the sake of art.<p>When Oron Catts exhibited <i>Victimless Leather Jacket</i> at MoMA in 2008, it was not without controversy. It was a highly acclaimed work of "biological art," which uses and …

Biotechnology

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Loneliness

This Seattle Street Art Only Appears When It's Raining

The invisible sidewalk ink puts a positive spin on the gloomy weather.<p>Seattle may not be America's rainiest city, but it's certainly up there. That wetness, coupled with the dreariness of what seems to be an eternally grey sky, could get a little depressing.<p>But instead of staying cooped up next …