April 30, 2012 Think about the sunsets you've seen. Often the sky turns golden, orange or sometimes pink and red. But on Mars, the sunsets are blue. Why?
People who are interested in and paying close attention to each other begin to speak more alike, a psychologist says.
April 30, 2012 A psychologist says he can predict whether two people will end up on a date by analyzing their language style and use of certain words. His research on language can also help explain power dynamics between people.
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April 28, 2012 Some books are so good, we want to open them up and jump right in if we could. The Academy Award-winning short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore brings this feeling to life in an amazingly imaginative way.
April 26, 2012 The Romans played with palindromes in the form of the famous "Sator Square." Today, modern artists have created "ambigrams" — words and phrases in creative fonts that can be read in the mirror or upside down.
April 24, 2012 She's been visiting grandma since 1697, when her story was first published in a French anthology of children's stories. Now, more than 147 versions of the story later, a Swedish designer has turned the tale into a snappy PowerPoint-like sales infographic.
A poster from the 1950 Universal movie Harvey, starring James Stewart.
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April 20, 2012 Some 3 to 5 million years ago, giant wild rabbits roamed the Mediterranean island of Minorca. These fuzzy giants of the past were six times as big as ordinary, modern-day rabbits, but they lacked some bunny basics.
This would count. But even washing the dishes helps fend off dementia in old age.
April 19, 2012 Activity fends off Alzheimer's disease in people over 80, according to new research that tracked the movements of people in their 80s. And just doing stuff counts. It doesn't have to be "exercise."
April 17, 2012 For Vi Hart, a self-professed math geek, patterns, shapes and numbers are like wine; they make her giddy, speed up her already speedy conversational style, and lead her into drawing dizzying illustrations.
April 15, 2012 Fred Warren, who runs PostSecret.com, learns secrets from people all over the world.
Tennis shoes lay on the beach on Terschelling island, Netherlands, Feb. 10, 2006. They were from a shipping container that fell off a ship during a storm.
April 14, 2012 When explorer Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic on the sea floor in 1985, he also found a pair of leather shoes sitting on the deck near the stern of the ship.
April 13, 2012 From farting fish, to the laws of stupidity, Marc Abrahams (editor and co-founder of The Annals of Improbable Research) has a knack for finding science that "makes you laugh, and then makes you think." Abrahams discusses some improbable research, and why science that might at first seem absurd, matters.
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April 13, 2012 In a new book, To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, engineer Henry Petroski chronicles disasters from the sinking of the Titanic to the destruction of space shuttles Challenger and Columbia. Petroski discusses why these accidents are often caused by factors other than a design flaw.
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April 12, 2012 Is it possible that humans are too creative? Innovation creates a wonderful paradox, says author Jonah Lehrer: "Creativity is the only solution to the very real problem of creativity."
April 10, 2012 Sea surface currents look uncannily like a van Gogh sky. In this visualization, watch how wind dances on the ocean's surface, twisting and turning around the continents.
April 9, 2012 Two data artists who "invent new ways for people to think and talk about data" have taken on a new challenge — visualizing wind patterns across the U.S.
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