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Forget Skeuomorphic Illustration

Most scientific illustration strives for realism, skeuomorphic textures of pencil and digital paint to resemble delicate insect wings, contours of a mammalian face or the movement in fluid on the cellular level...

May 31, 2013 — Glendon Mellow

The Best Animal Engineers

If an intelligent alien species landed on the small bit of galactic rock that we call home, they might get out of their spaceships, have a look around, and decide that we—that is, our species—are the master builders on our planet...

May 31, 2013 — Jason G. Goldman

How to be 20% more efficient for just $50

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), for a price premium of $350, U.S. consumers can buy a refrigerator or freezer that will use 35% less energy over its lifetime (compared to a base model)...

May 31, 2013 — Melissa C. Lott

Unusual Offshore Octopods: Telescope Octopus Has Totally Tubular Eyes

Big eyes can be a big benefit—allowing an animal to see potential prey and predators coming from a wider field. For the octopus, this is especially important in the open ocean, where knowing what is around—or above or below—you is crucial for survival.One type of octopus has taken a different approach to wide-angle vision...

May 31, 2013 — Katherine Harmon

Colonoscopies Clarify Inner Workings of Minds

Memories are story shaped. As are understandings. To remember, or make sense of, a thing is to have a story about it. Colonoscopies and correcting cathartic errors can probe the inner workings of these stored stories...

May 31, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

A Different Look at the Political Divide on Morality

JZ, In your last post you talk about the political divide in morality in terms of the groundbreaking Moral Foundations Theory, which demonstrates that political liberals place greater emphasis on the values of fairness and harm avoidance whereas political conservatives place greater emphasis on purity, respect for authority, and loyalty...

May 31, 2013 — Adam Waytz

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