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Illusion of the Week: The Coffer Illusion

The Coffer Illusion, by vision scientist Anthony Norcia of the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, was a Top 10 finalist in the 2006 edition of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest...

March 27, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Carnivorous Plants in 3D: The Stuff of Horror Films!

Professor Enrico Coen from the John Innes Centre (an independent research facility specializing in plant science and microbiology) has been awarded €2.5M EU funding to explore the growth and evolution of carnivorous plants...

March 27, 2013 — Carin Bondar

Oil Addiction, Not Fracking, Caused the 2011 Oklahoma Earthquakes

Earthquakes have become more than 10 times more common in normally quiescent parts of the U.S., such as Ohio and Oklahoma, in the past few years. Given the simultaneous uptick in fracking—an oil and gas drilling technique that involves fracturing shale rock deep underground with the use of a high pressure water cocktail—it's common to suspect a link...

March 27, 2013 — David Biello

Synthetic Classification: The Evolution of Imaginary Animals

Darwin's sketch of an evolutionary tree under the heading "I think" is a powerful and enduring image of his theory evolution by natural selection. Phylogenetic trees--branching diagrams that show the relationships between organisms and their evolution from a common ancestor--are now a standard image in biology texts used to situate an organism in biological space and time...

March 27, 2013 — Christina Agapakis

A Photo Safari at the San Diego Zoo

#PHD2013 is getting closer and closer. In the meantime, here are some more portraits of San Diego Zoo residents, following on from last week's post.Here's an angolan colobus monkey, with some bits of breakfast stuck to its face.An African Grey Parrot, a conspecific of the famous Alex.A menacing Steller's Sea Eagle, the best of all of Steller's birds, according to John McCormack...

March 27, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

Hacking the Planet

Video of the Week #85, March 27th, 2013: From: Hacking the Planet Interview by Brian Malow at But Seriously... . Source: Science Comedian Brian Malow on YouTube A science comedian, a former Scientific American editor, and the senior science correspondent for the Huffington Post walk into a bar.....

March 27, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

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