Science

April 6, 2018

8 Mind-Bending Optical Illusions Explained

Who doesn't love a good optical illusion? They're a fun reminder of just how much our eyes—and brain—can play tricks on us. From illusions based on perspective to others grounded in perception, there are endless ways that our mind can view illusions. We've taken some of the most famous optical illusions and broken down the science behind what our mind perceives.

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February 14, 2018

Remarkable Photo of a Single Atom Wins Science Photography Contest

Ever wonder what an atom looks like? These building blocks of ordinary matter are a million times smaller than a strand of hair, making them impossible to see, even under a microscope. That is, until now. David Nadlinger, a Ph.D. student in University of Oxford Department of Physics, just won the top prize at the science photography competition organized by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for his groundbreaking image of an atom.

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January 24, 2018

Interview: Capturing Unexpected Photos of Crystallized Substances Under a Microscope

Photographer Justin Zoll builds what he calls “nature's smallest landscapes,” building up psychedelic images of chemical substances through photomicrography. Placing crystallized substances like menthol and ascorbic acid under a microscope, Zoll is able to capture incredible, abstract panoramas that at first glance, seem more like the work of an Abstract Expressionist than a photographer.

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