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Yesterday, in our post on perfect pitch (usually called absolute pitch in research reports), we offered a quick test to see if we could identify the portion of our readers with absolute pitch. At first, things were looking good for the absolute pitch crowd. Readers listened to this note: A whopping 18.8 percent of the…

There’s a short interview with me at the Scranton Times-Tribune — it’s their Saturday “Five Questions” feature so it’s supposed to be funny rather than serious.

Sleep disorders: The rap

Here’s a creative way to present a report on sleep disorders: Not bad!

Magic dragon illusion video and how-to

We have one of these little dragons in our living room. Here’s the page with instructions on how to make your own. Hint: Use stiff paper!

Music history quiz, via the LSAT

When we were in Vienna this past summer, we were surprised to learn that in Mozart’s time, symphonic concerts were often mish-mashes: single movements and “greatest hits” arias instead of complete works. Audiences applauded after each movement. We saw a reenactment of such a concert, in 18th-century costumes: If only we had been studying for…

Cool visual attention experiment

This is a fun little study. The instructions are embedded in the video. Did you get it right? Have you seen this study before? It’s based on an experiment by Daniel Simons. You can find another demonstration here.

This video (QuickTime required), captured last week by fellow ScienceBlogger Tara Smith, demonstrates a rarely seen visual and auditory effect: When you watch this video of me singing the Men Without Hats one-hit-wonder “Safety Dance,” it appears as though can I neither dance nor carry a tune. I wonder if any of our commenters can…

Lab Aesthetics (Send us pictures!)

One cool thing about running a lab is that there aren’t really many restrictions about decor. As long as the immediate area around the equipment is clear of visual distractions, anything goes. That’s why we’re inviting readers to send us examples of crazy lab art. Here’s a great example of what can happen working too…

We’ve been away from the internet for a while now, but finally have a slow connection here in rainy Prague. While in Pisa, however, we were able to avail ourselves of a unique opportunity. The favorite trick of the amateur photographers here is to create the “illusion” of their friend/family member “saving” the tower from…

Here in Tuscany, the Munger family has rented a vacation house for a couple of weeks. Typically the day’s biggest event is preparing dinner. Otherwise we generally just lounge around the house, admire the view, read, or converse over a glass of wine. Today we thought we needed a project, so Nora and I decided…