Our conscious perception of the world feels like a continuous and uninterrupted flow, but a new study suggests that it’s actually more like the frames of a movie reel running through a projector.
Colorful foliage is autumn’s hallmark, but humans can also smell the change of seasons. What exactly is that familiar scent that hits our noses every October? Turns out, it’s a lot more complicated than wood smoke and pumpkin spice lattes.
People generally enjoy gently touching and being touched by the people they love. Psychologists at University College London have found that our brains may encourage this behavior by making other people feel softer to us than they really are.
In an experiment that could explain why some people see ghosts, participants were made to feel as though they saw phantoms around them and that ghosts were touching their backs with invisible fingers. The illusion was so real that some test subjects begged for it to stop.
Today's Comment of the Day of the comes to us via a crooked path, delivered to us by a blindfolded robot. In response to a post on the difficulty humans have in walking a straight line blindfolded, commenter jshoer shares with us that robots have the same problem:
We’ve got categories to describe our perceptions of taste, colors, and sounds. But things aren’t as clear-cut when it comes to our sense of smell. Looking to overcome this surprising limitation, a team of researchers have proposed a list of 10 basic smells.
The human palate is arguably the weakest of the five traditional senses. This raises an important question regarding wine tasting: is it bullshit, or is it complete and utter bullshit?
With the development of massive transportation infrastructures, most countries have become overrun with industrial sounds. Planes fly overhead, cars rush along the ground, trains and trucks and industrial sounds bleed everywhere. People are able to easily tune it out or work around it. We're able to phone, email, and…
This summer, 61-year-old distance swimmer Diana Nyad will be attempting a 103-mile swim through the shark-populated waters separating Cuba and Florida — and she'll be doing it without a shark cage. Instead, the marathon swimmer will be accompanied by an electronic shark-deterrent device called Shark Shield, which…
We already know that herbivorous bats can be attracted to certain plants by the sounds of their leaves. But what about the blood-sucking variety? How do they find food? They have to be able to precisely target large veins near the surface of the skin. It turns they use a method that's very similar to the way we taste…
Sometimes life is just too cool. Here are a smartphone and some earbuds that take information from a webcam attached to a pair of sunglasses and allow blind people to 'see.'