Take a quick tour of how your brain processes patterns by blinking at different speeds while looking at this GIF. You'll probably see concentric circles appearing in different places, and possibly pentagonal lines now and then.
As I have covered previously, researchers believe many kinds of drug-induced hallucinatory patterns are caused by the hexagonal shape of structures in the primary visual cortex, so it's interesting to see a similar effect with pentagons.
Back in the early Wired magazine days, we used to joke about technology that seemed to be perpetually “just around the corner” — like storing the entire Library of Congress in a sugar cube-sized device, nanobots, and contact lens computer displays. Looks like the latter is almost ready for prime time! Just this week, startup […]
In many countries you can buy inexpensive eyeglasses and contact lenses without a prescription. That’s not the case in the United States. In 2016 the American Optometric Association (AOA) spent $1.8 million lobbying and another $1.4 million in campaign contributions to ensure corrective lenses are expensive for Americans, and therefore highly profitable. Yascha Mounk, a […]
Approximately 14 percent of the world’s population suffer from dry eye disease (DED) but treatments are limited because it’s difficult to model the complex human eye for drug development. Now though, University of Pennsylvania bioengineers developed an “eye-on-a-chip” complete with a motorized blinking eyelid. The hope is that the artificial eye will lead to a […]
Spring cleaning time is right around the corner, and, if we’re being honest, the whole thing is kind of a drag. But keeping your home clean in any season is necessary for both health and happiness, so why not make it a little less daunting? The correct tools help make any work easier, and that’s […]
Quality knives matter — and in more ways than you might expect. At the most basic level, having a functioning set of proper kitchen knives means you can actually get in a kitchen, start putting together a meal and have the right tools to handle all tasks. From the blunt force of the clever to […]
You kill it at the gym all week, your nutrition is dialed in, and you’re drinking so much water that your spare time is spent walking back and forth to the bathroom (way to get those steps in!)—so how do you take things to the next level? By focusing on recovery. A proper post-workout routine, […]