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      Art as Visual Research: 12 Examples of Kinetic Illusions in Op Art

      The Ouchi Illusion

      This illusion is by op artist Hajime Ouchi. Move your head back and forth as you let your eyes wander around the image and notice how the circle and its background appear to shift independently of one another...
      January 1, 2011Mind & Brain

      Calendar: MIND events in January and February

      Museum exhibits, conferences and events relating to the brain
      September 1, 2010Mind & Brain

      Smart Jocks: Sports Helps Kids Classroom Performance

      When kids exercise, they boost brainpower as well as brawn
      July 3, 2018Space & Physics

      Astronomy at the Speed of Light

      Future space probes traveling at relativistic velocities would offer a unique vantage point for studying the universe
      December 22, 1860The Sciences

      The Past

      February 25, 2016The Sciences

      Make Your Own Spring Scale

      A Physics Activity from Ben Finio and Science Buddies
      March 1, 2012The Sciences

      Recommended: The Age of Insight

      Books and recommendations from Scientific American
      Planetary Paparazzi: 10 Vital Views of Earth [Slide Show]


      During the height of a deadly heat wave on August 4, 2003, Europe emitted as much heat as the Sahara Desert in northern Africa did. This image is from Terra's Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES) sensor, which takes stock of the quantity of solar energy the planet's atmosphere and surface absorbs as well as how much infrared and heat energy it radiates back into space...
      May 1, 2014Cognition

      The Science of Memory

      Managing editor Sandra Upson introduces the May/June 2014 issue of Scientific American MIND
      The Sciences

      What It Means to Be You

      You are more than a robot searching for food and mates
      February 12, 2013Mind & Brain

      Magic Revealed: Cups Trick Found to Be More Effective Than Thought

      Neuroscientist Stephen Macknik and colleagues have determined that the famous illusion in which balls seemingly jump from cup to cup manipulates our minds more with distraction than with social cues...
      December 16, 2021Behavior

      Embracing the Mess

      Individuals often overestimate how harshly others judge a messy, chaotic life
      November 1, 2011The Sciences

      Paths Taken

      April 1, 2009Behavior

      Learn to Think Better: Tips from a Savant

      You may never have the memory of Rain Man, but you can still get tips for improving your cognitive performance from this extraordinary thinker
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