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Archive for December 2016

December 1, 2016

 

A child holding up a sideways image of a picture he has drawn. The child's face can't be seen. The drawing appears to be of a child or a blobby Prince Leia from Star Wars.

What It’s Like To Be Three

As children younger than four, we could talk, think, and perceive. So why are those years so hard to remember?

December 2, 2016

 

Treadmill Sensation

A Treadmill For The Mind

You've been on a treadmill for a while and then suddenly step off. Why do you feel like you're moving much faster than you think you should be?

December 5, 2016

 

4 hand-stitched images of brains. The top left is yellow, the top right is orange, the lower right is bright blue, and the lower left is mauve.

Processing Moral Dilemmas

Your sense of right and wrong may be highly influenced by your cultural identity.

December 6, 2016

 

Image taken from inside a cave outside of Zakynthos. The dark cave wall with an opening. The water is dark blue within the cave, lighter and lighter blue in the distance.

The False City of Zakynthos

What appeared to be an ancient city destroyed by tidal waves was something else entirely.

December 7, 2016

 

Three elephants (one large, one medium-sized, one baby)

The Grandmother Effect

Asian elephant calves born in captivity die young approximately 50% of the time.

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