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Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

100 Diagrams That Changed the World by Scott Christianson. From The Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod

Infographics are cool (and trending) but you know what is cool? 100 most important diagrams that changed the human history, Scott Christianson decide to compile the most awesome diagrams in this book: you think that prismatic circle that you see on photoshop is a creation from Adobe, well Moses Harris did it in 1766, do you remember Dante’s Inferno, well there’s a diagram for that, phases of the moon? Yeah Galileo did it, and of course Da Vinci Vitruvian Man is there too.

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

The History Of Pargmigiano Reggiano Cheese

Curious about how cheese is made? Want to learn more about one of the most famous cheeses in the world? Get a behind-the-scenes look at parmesan …

Year Zero: A History of 1945 by Ian Buruma; The Bombing War: Europe 1939-1945 by Richard Overy; Warsaw 1944: The Fateful Uprising by Alexandra Richie – review

The second world war did not end with Hitler's suicide in the bunker. The liberation of eastern Europe in 1944-45 was only rarely a heroic prelude to healing and renewal. The abiding symbol of "freedom" in future Soviet territories was the open cattle car shunting cargoes of displaced persons – DPs …

What Happens If You Let Two Designers Write Their Own History Books? Spoiler: A Much More Fun (And Beautiful) World History

History books are not meant to be read for <i>fun</i>. They belong in stuffy classrooms with class pets and broken wooden desks that squeak too much. Until</i> …

Books

The sea has been the main artery of cultural transformations throughout history

Throughout history, the seas and oceans of the world have been essential for the exchange of goods, people, ideas and religion. This is the subject of Lincoln Paine's new book called "The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World."<p>Paine says his book is an attempt "to integrate a whole …

Optical Illusion Paintings Distort Ideas of Reality

In a continuation of his intriguing <i>Millenium</i> series, Armenian artist Tigran Tsitoghdzyan developed a number of oil paintings that will force your eyes to make sense of the distortions. The artist painted stunning portraits along the most unexpected surface, creating a surreal illusion of …

Digital Art

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

The 17 Designs That Bell Almost Used for the Layout of Telephone Buttons

Among them: "the ten-pin," "the cross," and "the rainbow"<p>If you look at the number buttons on a phone -- smart, cell, landline, what have you -- those number buttons will feature, almost inevitably, a uniform layout. Ten digits, laid out on a three-by-three grid, with the tenth tacked on on the …

2 People Described The Same Person To A Forensic Artist And This Is What Happened

Your self-confidence <i>shouldn't</i> be dependent on how attractive other people find you, but ... because I know I would have reacted the same way if <i>I'd</i> …

The Perception of Magic, Professional Magicians Talk About How Magic is Viewed by the Public

Professional magicians talk about how magic is perceived by the public in “The Perception of Magic‘ by Paul Wilson and Jason England. The video stems …

Magic

This column will change your life: self-perception theory

Hardly a week goes by, these days, without some psychologist uncovering more evidence that – and there's no point soft-soaping this – you don't know …

Perception & Reality Gatekeeper

You are the gatekeeper of your personal reality<p>Perception can at times become someone's reality about you. Your actions in the past and what you do …

What colour should gallery walls be?

The first thing to be said about the refit of the impressionist galleries at the Musée d'Orsay that have reopened to the public this week is that it …

What is colour?

<i>(Screenshot by Michelle Starr/CNET Australia)</i><p><b>We learn about how colour works in school, but this short TED animation is a delightful refresher.</b><p>We all …

Color Perception and How it Might Apply to Photography

Our perceptions of world are unique in two ways. First of all they are unique from the perceptions of others. Although two people might agree that …

Color Theory for Designers, Part 1: The Meaning of Color

This is the first in a three-part series on color theory. Here we’ll discuss the meanings behind the different color families, and give some examples …

How Colour Communicates Meaning

Colour is a powerful and important communication tool, and it is tied to religious, cultural, political and social influences.<p>By stopping to consider …

This Is What It's Like To Be Color Blind

With around 1 in 12 men suffering from color blindness, it's a really common problem—but it's incredibly difficult to understand what it must be like …

Flavors

The Psychology of Color: What are the Ideal Colors to Use in Your Home?

Do you want to spice up your home with a pop of color? Research has shown that colors can greatly affect our moods and behavior, so making sure that …

Your Brain Really Cares About Cup Colors

You've been drinking wrong for years. According to science, depending on what you're consuming, your mug color should change accordingly.

Color Science for Creative Pros: Science Proves that You Can't Always Reproduce Every Color You See

Learn About the Science of Color On Color Uncovered

Last week I reviewed Exploratorium’s Sound Uncovered app which is a nice app that will help students understand the science of sound. Today, I tried …

Science Schmience… What About the Psychology of the Color Orange?

In the first of our two part series about the testy debate touched off by the color orange, we discussed how Henry T. Bailey, an art educator and …

People Can Hallucinate Color at Will

Power of suggestion lets some see imaginary colors, brain scans confirm.<p><b>People can hallucinate colors just with the power of suggestion, a new study says.</b><p>In a recent experiment, scientists asked a group of prescreened people to look at a set of gray patterns and try to visualize color. Eleven …

WWI propaganda by Patrick Hodges

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