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Trump's primary challenge illusion

Everyone in politics loves a winner. Despite winning less than half of the votes cast in the Republican primary polls in 2016, Donald Trump's Republican support has largely consolidated 90% in Gallup polls by his subsequent nomination and victory in the presidential election. But that has not stopped the steady stream of speculation that Trump may face a primary challenge …

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Bird or hare: An optical illusion of an animal confuses the Internet

No, it's definitely a bird. But hey, you are the judge. A video of a black beast scraping nicely spreads quickly on the Internet as people take sides in another big debate. Daniel Quintana, a scientist at Oslo University in Norway, is responsible for all of this – he found the video on a sharing site on Sunday and tweeted …

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Optical illusion leads to a delay in the brain

This optical illusion, called the Pinna-Brelstaff illusion, reveals a delay in our brain. If you focus on the center point and move your head forward, the outer circle appears to rotate clockwise – move your head back and the movement changes. A study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai showed that monkey brains had a delay of 15 …

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The brain represents the optical illusion as a delayed reality

Fix the black dot and move your head toward the image, and you should see the rings rotating. Picture credits: Junxiang Luo A study of humans and monkeys, published in JNeurosci found that the same subset of neurons encoded the actual and illusory complex motion movement. This finding confirms at the level of individual neurons, what the Czech scientist Jan …

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This simple optical illusion could actually cause a delay in your brain

The Pinna-Brelstaff illusion is a lot of fun: concentric rings of shapes with inverse shading. As you move your head closer or farther from the illusion, the rings appear to be spinning, expanding, and contracting (continue, wait until you try the above image). We know that the shading effect plays a role in making our brain perceive movement, though there …

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Bandersnatch's claims to provide control, it's really just an illusion

In 1984, a complicated video game that was touted as a revolutionary concept was never released and helped its creator Imagine Software to fail. The game provides the title and inspiration for Charlie Brooker's new [Black Mirror] film Bandersnatch a project which, while not threatening the legacy or future of this exemplary science fiction series, feels but also as a …

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The Illusion of Water: Scientists have discovered that the Mars satellites are "wrong."

90% of shots Orbiter of Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showed what is actually there Mars satellite Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows what is actually there. The error was calculated after the best signs of moisture-absorbing materials were found on the Martian surface. Not just a mirage, scientists now have serious doubts about the exact distribution of water on the planet. The tool …

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This Optical Illusion Will Have Your Brain Rushing To Fill In The Blanks

Optical illusions often play on tricks of sight or sound. But scientists at the California Institute of Technology have built a little sensory trick that plays both. It involves a cross, flashes of light, and some popping sounds. They call it the Rabbit Illusion. The illusion shows how stimuli that occur later can affect the perception of stimuli that have …

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For many Puerto Ricans, Hurricane Maria blurred the illusion of US citizenship

Protesters in San Juan left more than 100 pairs of shoes in front of the Capitolio, home of the Puerto Rican legislature. The government has dramatically underestimated the number of inhabitants killed during Hurricane Maria. A Harvard University study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine said the estimated death toll from the impact of Hurricane Maria …

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