'Curve ball' wins international illusion contest
Science has proven what baseball players have known for more than a hundred years, the curve ball is more powerful than the brain.
At the fifth annual international Best Visual Illusion
of the Year Contest, first place went to a mind-boggling entry called "The Break of the Curve Ball." The ent...
Hollow mask illusion fails to fool schizophrenia patients
Patients with schizophrenia are able to correctly see through an illusion
known as the 'hollow mask' illusion, probably because their brain disconnects 'what the eyes see' from what 'the brain thinks it is seeing', according to a joint UK and German study published in the journal NeuroImage . The...
Experiment Creates Illusion Of Weight Loss
Researchers convinced 17 subjects that they were actually losing weight.
Researchers belonging to the University College London managed to make 17 people believe that they were losing weight when in reality they were not. This was done by fitting them with gadgets which gave the illusion
Garvan to play a role in International Cancer Genome Consortium
...on of different cancers. Today it's possible to sequence 500 hundred individual cases of 50 types of cancer in 5 years."
"While no-one is under the illusion
that we'll cure all cancers within the next 5 years, this international collaboration will greatly accelerate progress."
"Some cancers may be cured...
Perceptions of similar language may prevent understanding of sexual harassment policies
...lirting, which indicated when flirting behavior became sexual harassment. Using shorthand language, such as "the line" in communication, can create an illusion
of shared meaning. This "illusion" makes it difficult for an individual to understand when they have "crossed the line" with others.
Federal Vaccine Court Rulings Against Autism Families Due to Government's Refusal to Fund Sound Science
...sation Act passed in 1986 gave immunity to vaccine manufacturers and removed the incentive to create safer products. Meanwhile, the law only gives the illusion
that parents will have their day in court. The process is dysfunctional."
Two HHS agencies, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Nationa...
Old as you want to be: Study finds most seniors feel younger
...d expected the gap to increase. But we were surprised to find that it was maintained, on average. Perhaps feeling about 13 years younger is an optimal illusion
in old age," Smith said.
Smith and colleagues found that some of the oldest participants did feel even younger over time. But poor health reduced t...
Annual medical ethics conference celebrates 20 years of disputes
... Bob Levine, Jack Wennberg, Peter Ubel*
4:30-5:30 pm Futility and Hope
Paper #5: "Pascal's Wager and the Hanging of Crepe." 1975
Paper #6: "The illusion
of Futility in Clinical Practice." 1989.
Paper #7: "The Rise and Fall of the Futility Movement." 2000.
Speakers: William May, John Lantos* Caleb A...
Prescriptions for Stress
...hat is stressing them. By expressing stress through writing, a person gains clarity. Many times, it will help to see the stress for what it is -- an illusion
-- and help lose it then and there.
Get proper amounts of sleep -- Using sleep aid drugs is not a good method as they create other imbalances with...
Study suggests human visual system could make powerful computer
Additionally, building larger circuits will require smaller or more specialized visual circuit components.
"My hope is that other perception and illusion
experts will think of novel visual components which serve to mimic some digital circuit component, thereby enriching the powers of visual circuits," C...
Illusion in Medical Technology
Looking Older? How Square is Your Jaw Line?
...ontinued to grow with age, creating a larger, squarer jaw line.
According to the study, soft-tissue procedures, such as a facelift, can
create the illusion
of a smaller lower jaw and may enhance a more youthful
More than 104,000 facelifts were performed in 2006, according to ASPS
Illusion in Medical Dictionary
...o teamed up with CBS Television Stations, Microsoft and Move Networks to ... Vertigo also builds custom software using the ... Vertigo is the illusion
that either your body or your environment is moving ... Benign positional vertigo — This is sudden episodes of a spinning sensation ... Vertigo...
...e of sight. ... Refraction causes light to bend when it passes from one ... Refraction . Have you ever seen "broken" spoon in a glass? ... This illusion
is produced by phenomenon called refraction of light. ... This is a page in The Physics Hypertextbook™. It is a work in progress. ... Although h...
... "Outfitters ... Curator: Dr. Baingio Pinna , Dipartimento di Scienze dei Linguaggi, Università di ... 2 Neural mechanisms underlying the Pinna illusion
... Christophe Pinna Home Page ... As a member, Pinna has helped France to win two ... Follow this link to photos of the Pinna's Las Vegas S...
...hology, and fantasy. THE OCCULT - What does the Bible say about it? ... Research has shown that occult magic is often fraudulent and deceitful illusion
... A biblical look at the occult - what is it, what are some forms of the occult , etc. ... Some occult practices rely on demons or "spirits...
Illusion in Biological News
Venomous sea snakes play heads or tails with their predators
...rait has been found to twist its tail so that the tip corresponds with the dorsal view of the head, which combined with deceptive colouring, gives the illusion
of having two heads and two loads of deadly venom.
Apart from the Yellow-lipped Sea Krait the ecology of sea snakes has largely gone understudied,...
Healing wounds with lasers, vehicles that drive themselves, other cutting-edge optics
... by a beam of laser light. This rapidly-changing vertical stripe of colors is swept across a screen faster than the eye can see, so spectators see the illusion
of a projected 2-D image.
To create this projector, twice the resolution of any that currently exists, the company had to develop powerful fiber la...
MIT: How you feel the world impacts how you see it
...to visual motion in a given direction perceived tactile motion in the opposite direction. Conversely, tactile motion in one direction gave rise to the illusion
of visual motion in the opposite direction.
"Our discovery suggests that the sensory processing of visual and tactile motion use overlapping neura...
Barrow scientists solve 200-year-old scientific debate involving visual illusions
...ted a study based on the Enigma painting, a visual illusion
in which rotational motion is seen within a statio...ased on their study, the hypothesis suggesting the illusion
originates solely in the brain was ruled out.
Participants in the study observed the Enigma illusion
while their eye movements were simultaneously reco...
Crystal (eye) ball: Study says visual system equipped with 'future seeing powers'
...s of failed future seeing into a periodic table of illusion
classes that can predict a broad pattern of the il... Psychology 101 classes or in entertaining optical illusion
To picture one, think of the Hering illu...bow out away from the vanishing point. The optical illusion
occurs because our brains are predicting the way t...
Markets of biodiversity and equity in trade: An illusion?
...ed traditionally by shamans of Amazonian Indian tribes, or maca, a plant from the pharmacopoeia of Peru reputed for its aphrodisiac virtues, gives the illusion
that biodiversity relates to elements whose interpretation remains indisputable. The term in fact encompasses many different notions: filing of patent...
'Twinkle after-effect' can help retinal patients detect vision loss quickly and cheaply
...o keep track of changes in their vision loss. In a study published in this weeks PLoS ONE (October 24, 2007) they demonstrate that a compelling visual illusion
known as the induced twinkle after-effect (TAE) can accurately identify the location and breadth of actual blind spots in people with retinal disease....
Wired for sound: How the brain senses visual illusions
... processes that underlie this illusory effect ?the illusion
of seeing two flashes in the presence of two audit...fessor of neurosciences. "This type of perceptual illusion
has been described before," said first author Jyot...lab. "The surprising finding we made is that the illusion
depends on a rapidly timed sequence of interaction...
Mirrors in the mind: New studies elucidate how the brain reflects onto itself the actions of others
...miliarity, and other sensory inputs.
Past work had used the rubber-hand illusion
to show that when a rubber hand is seen being stroked at the same time that...ound that such facilitation did occur, but, curiously, it occurred when the illusion
was not effective, and subjects felt that the experimenter's hand was not t...
How does the brain know what the right hand is doing?
...cannot have been responsible for the illusion,' says Dr Janet Taylor, one of the authors of the paper.
The experiment provides a new and intriguing illusion
that sheds light on how we learn to move accurately, as well as indicating why some people who have had limbs amputated still feel as if they can move...
Illusion in Biological Technology
Repair Stem Cell Institute Weighs in on Reversal of Embryonic Stem Cell Policy
...esponse to President Obama's reversal of current U.S. policy on stem cell research . In it, Margolis said that "Science itself will destroy the illusion
of the viability of embryonic stem cells."
Adult Stem Cells have already been proven to safely treat and improve the quality of life for ...
VaxGen Addresses MPM Claims in Letter to Stockholders
... that the process would likely take
anywhere from one to two years from the point that it is initiated.
Stockholders should not therefore be under any illusion
that this is a
quick route to a payout.
Turning to specifics, MPM identifies the VaxGen manufacturing facility
as an important asset with unrealized...
Hey Willie, Wisconsin Manufacturing Doesnt Need an Aid Concert!
...ay to discuss the current state of the economy and employment is by agreeing that the 2 or 3 million extra jobs created by the late 90s bubble were an illusion
funded by $100 billion of irrational exuberance and venture capital. Both the jobs and the money were destined to evaporate along with the Internet pr...
Innovate, Automate, or Improve? You Don't Have to Choose.
...ect our partners to be able to?
Given our IT history of draping a few token alternatives over our deeply held convictions to give our partners some illusion
of choice, success in a description and dialog approach requires a real change for IT. We have to understand and admit that our early descriptions are...
Islands in the Clickstream: A Vision of Possibilities
...s. Not any more." What he meant, I believe, was that the construction of reality he used to share with others in an unexamined consensus sustained the illusion
that cultural artifacts, including organizational structures, were more permanent. Our organizational structuresincluding nations, world religions, an...
Fusion 2007: CEOs say bar is raised for CIOs
...ess requirements, or it is doomed for failure.
The need for alignment is another case where trying to draw hard lines between business and IT is an illusion
at best, Koulopoulos stated.
While business managers may understand the core competency of the business, they still need to understand the degree...
Illusion in Biological Dictionary
... . digitonin. digitoxigenin. digitoxin. digitoxose. digitus ... Digitigrade feet " on: May 31, 2008, 03:53:50 PM " ... misdirection to create the illusion
of a digitigrade , while allowing the wearer ... Cats are digitigrade ; that is, they walk on their toes... Aspects of the topic digitigrade -po...