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Anthropology in Practice

Editor’s Selections: Colors and Stuttering

It’s Thursday, so that means Research Blogging Editor’s Selections! This week you’ll want to be sure you check out: Quick—what color is the sky? Aatish Bhatia has a fascinating discussion on colors up at Empirical Zeal, demonstrating nicely the ways in which we construct elements of our world that seem so concrete with time. And [...]

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MIND Guest Blog

Looks Can Taste Deceiving: How Color Can Affect Taste

Is it possible that our vision can affect our taste perception? Let’s review some examples of studies that claim to have demonstrated that sometimes what we see can override what we think we taste. From wine to cheese to soft drinks and more it seems that by playing with the color palette of food one [...]

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Observations

Can You Trust Your Eyes? A Video of Illusions

If you’re a fan of optical illusions and perceptual tricks, check out this AsapSCIENCE video. As usual, producers Michael Moffitt and Gregory Brown do a great job distilling the essential ideas and presenting them in a fun, entertaining and informative way. Here, they show you how your brain judges brightness and color in context. Visit [...]

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Observations

Stop This Absurd War on the Color Pink

Last week Robert Krulwich, a co-host of the wonderful program Radiolab, Pluto’d pink. In a blog post he noted that pink doesn’t occupy a slot in the familiar colors of the rainbow—there’s no P in Roy G. Biv. From this, he concludes that pink does not really exist: That’s why pink is an invention. It’s [...]

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Octopus Chronicles

Octopuses Inspire Soft-Bodied Robots–with the Power of Colorful Camouflage [Video]

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An octopus can slink through amazingly small spaces—often much to the chagrin of aquarium owners and zookeepers. These animals’ muscular, boneless bodies have just one hard part—a small beak. So the rest of their flexible forms can maneuver into crevasses, along tiny tubes and even through small holes in a finely woven fisherman’s net. By [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

A Transformation of Light: How We See [Video]

Courtesy of Erwss, peace&love via Flickr.

    Editor’s note: Brain Basics from Scientific American Mind is a series of short video primers on the brain and how we feel, think and act. Below is a synopsis of the second video in the series written by a guest on this blog, Roni Jacobson, a science journalist based in New York City. [...]

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Streams of Consciousness

An Artist Reveals How He Tricks the Eyes

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A few years ago, James Gurney, a celebrated artist and author, stood before his easel to paint a deli in Poughkeepsie. Surveying the scene before him, he was immediately overwhelmed with literally millions of details. People strolled by. Insects fluttered overhead. Signs poked out from the store and up from the street. Every tree had [...]

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Symbiartic

Inside a Changing Autumn Leaf

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One of the great wonders of life is watching the leaves change colors in the fall. When temperatures get cool, chlorophyll begins to break down revealing the underlying pigments in the plants’ sap. This depiction of the inner-workings of a maple leaf shows the process in action (see the annotated version that appeared in The [...]

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Symbiartic

The Color of B1000D

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Red is a primary color, one of three. Coloratus in Latin means “colored” but also means red. It is a primordial color, despite being commonly found in flowers. The color of blood. So it is curious that as The Animation Works tweeted yesterday, if you type in the kid-with-a-calculator style spelling of “b1000d” with the [...]

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Symbiartic

Real professionals calibrate their computer screens. Do you?

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This is a guest post by Jim Perkins, a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s medical illustration program. I met Jim through the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, but before I met him in person, I was a big fan of his posts to the GNSI’s email discussion list. (For those of you not [...]

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