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Illusion Chasers

Illusion Chasers

Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Let There Be Light!

Today the Brookhaven National Lab turned on their new National Synchrotron Light Source II and saw its first emitted x-ray photon!

October 23, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik

Multitasking, pickpockets and hubris

One consequence of my laboratory's collaboration with stage pickpocket Apollo Robbins is that I am often asked for strategies to thwart pickpockets in the real world.

September 19, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

The Art of the Brick

There is an intersection of art, science and engineering in the works of Lego artist Nathan Sawaya, whose "Art of the Brick" traveling show I visited last weekend at the Discovery Times Square Museum in New York (the exhibition closed Sunday)...

September 16, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Do Dogs Fall for Magic Tricks?

Animals can be deceived, but do animals feel wonderment, awe, or sense that they have experienced the impossible?

September 11, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: OK Go’s New Illusion Video

Music videos by the alternative rock band OK Go are nothing if not creative. Their previous video "Here It Goes Again" featuring treadmill dancing was mesmerizing, and their newest video, "The Writing's on the Wall", is even more compelling, especially for those of us interested in matters of perception...

June 19, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Dalí Masterpieces Inspired by Scientific American

Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali was a reader of Scientific American, and created one of his most iconic pieces based on a Scientific American article on face perception.

June 17, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Youngest Kids Are Bigger than Parents Think

Recent research published in Current Biology indicates that human parents are subject to a previously unknown "baby illusion" that makes them misperceive their youngest child as smaller than he or she is, regardless of age...

June 2, 2014 — Susana Martinez-Conde

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