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Optical Illusions:  How Our Eyes Trick Our Brains

Optical Illusions: How Our Eyes Trick Our Brains

Relatively Interesting August 14, 2015 0

Over 50% of the cortex, the large outer layer of the brain, is devoted to vision.  Optical illusions illustrate that the mind makes assumptions about the world – it is the final arbiter of

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What happens when you blindfold Ouija board believers?

What happens when you blindfold Ouija board believers?

Relatively Interesting August 10, 2015 2

Scientists and psychologists have demonstrated that many phenomena attributed to spiritual or paranormal forces, or mysterious “energies,” are actually due to ideomotor action. In an earlier article about Ouija Boards, we banished the idea

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Our One and Only Pale Blue Dot

Our One and Only Pale Blue Dot

Relatively Interesting June 10, 2015 1

Set to the words of Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot is an animation that situates human history against the tapestry of the cosmos. Using a eclectic combination of art styles woven seamlessly together through

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Maho Beach:  Enjoy the thrilling view of planes landing directly overhead

Maho Beach: Enjoy the thrilling view of planes landing directly overhead

Relatively Interesting May 26, 2015 1

Where in the world can you sunbathe, swim, sip cocktails, and enjoy the thrilling view of an airplane as it comes in for a landing just a few feet over your head?  Maho Beach,

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The Living Breathing Planet Earth [gif]

The Living Breathing Planet Earth [gif]

Relatively Interesting March 24, 2015 0

John Nelson at IDV Solutions created a couple of wonderful animated gifs that demonstrate the cycle of ice and vegetation on Earth.  Using data from NASA’s Visible Earth team, he downloaded 12 cloud-free satellite

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Mental Floss:  50 Common Misconceptions [video]

Mental Floss: 50 Common Misconceptions [video]

Relatively Interesting March 15, 2013 0

Mental Floss, a magazine known for its humorous and witty presentation of interesting facts, has launched their YouTube channel and with it, a video debunking 50 common misconceptions. Did Napoleon really suffer from the

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Our Story in 1 Minute [video]

Our Story in 1 Minute [video]

Relatively Interesting November 1, 2012 0

MelodySheep, the creators of Symphony of Science, have put out a stunning video showing our story – from the Big Bang to today – in only 60 seconds.  It’s called “Our Story in 1

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Planets Viewed from Earth as if They Were at The Distance of Our Moon [video]

Planets Viewed from Earth as if They Were at The Distance of Our Moon [video]

Relatively Interesting October 2, 2012 0

What would it be like to look up into the night sky and see the other planets if they were all the same distance from the Earth as the Moon?  Brad Goodspeed figured it

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Flying Over Planet Earth: as seen from the ISS (video)

Flying Over Planet Earth: as seen from the ISS (video)

Relatively Interesting September 18, 2011 0

Below is a an incredible time-lapse taken from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits our planet Earth at night. According to the creator, on his YouTube channel, “this movie begins

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A Video of Vesta Rotating in Space

A Video of Vesta Rotating in Space

Relatively Interesting September 16, 2011 1

The Dawn team over at NASA has published a simulated flyby of Vesta produced from a topographic model. The model is based on imaging performed during August 2011, when Dawn was in high-altitude mapping

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