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Stories by Stephen L. Macknik

Your Brain on Thanks

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It may not have the cache of winter holidays or the Cash! Yay! of a birthday, but it is the best feel-good holiday of the year.

November 27, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik

Let There Be Light!

Today the Brookhaven National Lab turned on their new National Synchrotron Light Source II and saw its first emitted x-ray photon! http://www.bnl.gov/bwis/

October 23, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik
Parallels between Shrimp and Human Color Vision

Parallels between Shrimp and Human Color Vision

Despite tremendous differences in human versus shrimp eye structure and brain circuitry, the striking similarity between the color sensitivities of primate brain color-selective neurons and shrimp photoreceptors provides evidence of a common computational strategy across extremely divergent species...

March 20, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik
Daniel Suarez's Influx Is Super Fluxing Bitchin'!

Daniel Suarez's Influx Is Super Fluxing Bitchin'!

I loved the book, and couldn't--wouldn't--didn't--set it down. With Influx, Daniel Suarez becomes the master, and Michael Crichton should be honored by the comparison.

February 28, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik
Its Loves Illusions I Recall

Its Loves Illusions I Recall

Gianni Sarcone's illusions are beautiful and evocative of our most cherished emotion.

February 14, 2014 — Stephen L. Macknik
Ask Me Anything: The Neuroscience of Magic at PeerJ

Ask Me Anything: The Neuroscience of Magic at PeerJ

Tomorrow (Tue 16th Dec at 8 am PST) the journal PeerJ will host a live Ask Me Anything session with us, and our collaborator Hector Rieiro (a PhD candidate in the Macknik Lab).

December 16, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Illusion of the Week: Japanese Burger-Chain Breaks the Curse of OCHOBO!

Illusion of the Week: Japanese Food-Chain Breaks the Curse of OCHOBO!

Horking down a huge honking burger--American style--is considered unladylike in Japan. So Freshness Burger uses an unconventional approach to maintaining Ochobo--the Japanese cultural practice of maintaining small delicate mouth features in women...

November 13, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
Wide Faces Make You Selfish

Wide Faces Make You Selfish

An intriguing new paper in PLoS ONE by Haselhuhn and colleagues suggests that men with wide faces make you selfish.

October 21, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
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