Living on Mars time is making Katie Worth fat. The journalist is attempting to live, on Earth, as if she's operating in a Martian time zone and blogging about the experience for Scientific American. On the 15th day of her experiment, she writes about how Mars time has changed her eating habits … and made her drinking habits a whole lot sketchier-sounding.
Is the human gaze a physical force? It sure feels like it sometimes. Princeton University researchers scanned subjects' brains to gain insight into why we subconsciously interpret "other people's visual attention as an invisible, force-carrying beam projecting from the eyes." This isn't about the paranormal investigations into whether you can "feel" when someone is staring… READ THE REST
Christian Stangl (previously here) turned a common process into a gorgeous abstract short film using macro footage of things as they dry out. Life needs water. But this fluid tends to evaporate over time into a gaseous state. Drying out is a chemical process that takes hours, days or even weeks. Without enough water the… READ THE REST
Researchers closely studied the wings of two moth species from China and Africa, and found that their tiny scales form a "metamaterial" that absorbs bat sonar — thus becoming an acoustic cloaking device. Pretty darn cool. The paper is paywalled here, but Nature has a good lay-persons' writeup … The researchers measured the acoustic reflections… READ THE REST
Even in the age of COVID and working from home, your world is likely still spinning 100 miles an hour at all times. That's rough enough for the ultra-organized planner, but it's just murder on those of us who might be considered…how can we say this gracefully…and little less focused. You know…the people who can… READ THE REST
Knowing when to make a move is almost as important as the decision about whether to make a move at all. Strike too early or two late, and you might miss a better opportunity. Right now, it's time to make moves and get a lifetime subscription for training in 14 different languages from Babbel Language Learning… READ THE REST
"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit." – Richard Bach Without drive, you'll never reach the top rung of any profession. That truth stretches from concrete pourers and bartenders, to athletes and artists. Talent is unquestionably a powerful asset, but without the determination to make something of that talent, it remains just raw,… READ THE REST