Check Out the Mind Bending Patterns That Come Out of Random Dot Patterns

Get enough dots together and your faulty eyeballs start seeing things. With random dot patterns, a simple move of the dots by a few degrees can create trippy concentric circles or wild swirls that move all around the paper. With a more uniform grid of dots, the pattern looks like you’re jumping through a portal into…

How Facial Recognition Uses Super-Simple Patterns to Understand Your Expression

Facial recognition systems use all kinds of clever software to work out who you are and even how you’re feeling. But in this video explainer, Dr Michel Valstar explains how a simple piece on analysis known as a Local Binary Pattern can help detect your expression.

Law Enforcement to Logic Games: The Surprising Significance of the Checkerboard Pattern

Like an undercover spy, the black-and-white checkerboard pattern goes by many work names.

Watch the ocean's five islands of garbage form over the last 35 years

The ocean is filled with alien-looking creatures, a lot of natural beauty and a crap ton of garbage. There is so much garbage in the ocean that fully formed patches of our filth have spawned. In this fascinating visualization, NASA reveals how the ocean’s 5 islands of garbage came to be. You can see the swirling…

When Every County in America Goes to Work

In Humboldt County, Nevada, over a third of the population leaves for work in the middle of the night. Central and Mountain Time Americans tend to hit the road between 7:30 and 8 am, while East and West Coasters are all over the place. By 10 am, America’s roads have fallen silent.

Dividing 1 by This Big Number Gives You the Fibonacci Sequence. Why?

After dividing 1 by 999-quattuordecillion (a number that’s 48 integers long), you get the Fibonacci sequence presented in neat, 24-digit strings. Here’s why that happens.

The Hypnotic Power Of Repetitive Architecture

Do not adjust your screen. What you are looking at is not a glitch, not an alien experiment, and not a broadcast test pattern. It's just a handful examples of extremely repetitive architectural patterns in buildings from around the world.

Can You Figure Out This Parking Lot's Numbering System?

Can you explain the numbering system in this parking lot? Like most good riddles, there are several clues hiding in plain sight, and the answer, once you see it, is clear as day. (And, if you're like me, you'll wonder why it didn't dawn on you sooner.)

These Abstract Wallpaper Rolls Let You Mix and Match Like a Madman

Painting walls is a pain, but wallpapering seems like it would be way, way worse; mostly just because of the prep, and the annoying process of making sure every panel matches up. Which is what makes Cut & Paste from All the Fruits seem so cool; each roll is a mix-and-match of patterns designed to complement each other…

A touching short film about Mandelbrot and how he discovered fractals

Back in 2010 — a mere 19 days before his death — Benoît Mandelbrot gave a candid and moving interview describing his life's work and how he came to devise fractal geometry, the notion that the much of the natural world is organized according to elegant and predictable mathematical principles.

Watch Audio Frequencies Create Amazing Visual Patterns

Sometimes when the music is really good and the sound is really loud and the pill is really potent, you can see what you hear. But that's just brain tricks. This, however, is real and mesmerizing. Watch how different audio frequencies can create mind blowing visual patterns. It's a kaleidoscope of sound.

Why do people hallucinate geometric tunnels?

Whenever you imagine any kind of altered reality — from dreams, to drug trips, to warp speed — the main image is always a tunnel, ringed by regular geometric patterns. And most of us see those odd, tunneling patterns at some point in our lives. What exactly is it about our brains that creates them?

Accidental Architectural Patterns From All Over the World

Photographer Jared Lim has an knack for capturing colorful patterns around the world, and they make for some eye-catching photos in his series Urban Exploration.

Author Disguises Experiment As Ridiculously Addictive Game

Albert-László Barabási believes that "despite the seeming randomness of human behavior, humans actually act in very predictable patterns." He's so convinced of this theory that he posted an incredibly addictive game-like version of his book Bursts online as an experiment.