The answer is yes — but only in certain circumstances and that "yes" comes with a whole bunch of caveats. At Discover, Emily Sohn has a nice basic primer on what we know now about intelligence testing and what your score on an IQ test does and doesn't mean.
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
Adulting is one of those life skills that quietly sneaks up on you when you're not paying attention. A young adult might start a career, get married, buy a house, have a kid or two — and before they realize it, they're suddenly hit with some thoughts they likely never considered before. One of the… 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