December 25, 2017

15+ Creative Products for Anyone Who Absolutely Loves Science

There's something magical about every branch of science, whether it's exploring outer space or understanding what makes our brains tick. And if you are seeking out clever science gifts for the biologist, chemist, or physicist in your life, there's no shortage of clever products that will show off their love of science. Some items, like clever chemistry Crayon labels or periodic table blocks, have an educational twist.

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December 12, 2017

Researchers Discover New Optical Illusion Called ‘Curvature Blindness’

Japanese researcher and psychologist Kohske Takahashi of Chukyo University has recently discovered a new, mind-boggling type of optical illusion. Published in SAGE’s open-access i-Perception journal, the new discovery was dubbed the Curvature Blindness Illusion, and describes how a wavy line can be perceived as a zigzag line. In the image above, we see pairs of wavy lines and pairs of zigzag lines against a gray background.

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December 4, 2017

Ex-NASA Engineer Uses Science to Transform Hot Tub Full of Sand into “Liquid Soup”

Ex-NASA engineer Mark Rober specializes in making science fun and exciting via his YouTube channel, which has over 2.5 million subscribers. And recently, after 25 attempts, he was able to transform sand into liquid, making for a unique dip in the hot tub for him and his nephews. From floating rubber duckies to sinking in like quicksand, it's amazing to see how the sand goes from solid to liquid in seconds.

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November 18, 2017

Scientists Send a Message to Aliens, Hoping for a Reply in Just 25 Years

Thanks to the work of scientists, we may be hearing messages from extraterrestrials in just 25 years. As part of a collaboration with the Sónar Festival, a three-day electronic and advanced music festival in Barcelona, researchers recently transmitted messages to a nearby planet, with the hopes of getting a reply. The Sónar Calling project, done in celebration of the festival's 25th anniversary, marries music and science with the hopes of communicating with alien life.

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