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Archives for July, 2006

The New York Times infographic on Lasik got me thinking: How many of our readers would consider getting Lasik surgery? Let’s make this one a poll:

The NY Times has an excellent infographic showing exactly how the newest Lasik eye surgery process works: The key modification to this technique is that the flap is now cut with a laser instead of a metal blade, reducing the chance of complications. I still think I’m going to stick with good old fashioned eyeglasses…

Chimp playing Ms. Pac Man

You think you’ve seen it all, and then you see this… (via bOING bOING)

For many Americans, the healing process after the attacks of September 11, 2001, began with the publication of a special issue of the satirical newspaper The Onion. Headlines like those in the illustration below meant we could finally start to laugh about the tragedy: But some have suggested that positive emotions such as happiness and…

The benefits of video games

We’ve written before about the positive impact of video games, on how playing video games can improve visual ability for certain tasks such as field of view and attentional blink. Now the researchers who conducted the initial study have completed some follow-up research. Chris Chatham has the details: The authors note that their results do…

Obesity and discrimination

Nearly all prejudicial attitudes are now taboo in America. Sixty years ago, it might have been acceptable to deny someone a job or service in a business because of skin color or gender, but now such overt discrimination is almost universally condemned. Even people with disabilities are accommodated. Yet although obesity is on the rise…

We’ve reported here before on the research of Dennis Proffitt on the perception of distance — how wearing a backpack can cause you to perceive distances as longer. Now the team has a new study, which is featured today in seedmagazine.com. In this study, they examine the perception of the steepness of a hill: To…

Deric Bownds has an excellent post about a proposed neurological mechanism for mellowing as we age. This study to me represents an example of good work that can be done using brain imaging. (Although we pointed to an article critical of fMRI last week, this was by no means meant to suggest that fMRI research…

“Keep your eye on the ball” is a mantra I’ve heard applied to several sports: baseball, for hitting, football, for receiving, and golf, for teeing it up. It wasn’t surprising to me when I read recently that cricketers also use this platitude to teach batsmen how to hit effectively. The sum total of my experience…

If you had to guess where in the world kids are the most enthusiastic about science and technology, you might figure that places like Norway and Japan would seriously outdistance, say, Uganda and Botswana. If you did, you’d have it exactly backwards. An article in the new online journal Science in School reports on a…