Invisibility is Scary Awesome and Coming to YOU
The countdown to Harry Potter World has begun. Seven scientists in China have developed invisibility glass, which they’ve used to build boxes for your pets and their invisible chillin’ needs. The technology used here is a vastly simpler method than the various that have come before it, like the 2006 method using microwaves or the 2009 version with dielectrics.
So, what happens now? From Plato’s Republic to witches to Spiderman, history has a hell of a lot to say on the subject.
Mars: The Best Thing Ever for Your Social Life
There are so many reasons to land on other planets. First and quite important: We need to practice living on new worlds. Either by climate change, overpopulation, or extra-crispy crazy people with giant guns we very well might need a new place to live in the next few centuries.
Estimated current world population:
In the last sixty years the population has more than tripled. We are running out of space and polluting what habitable spots we have left.
But that’s not all new planets have to offer.
Heads and Legs Don’t Matter, This is About Sex (with Neanderthals)
Neanderthals may have painted, but in an arty way. Amazing, right? And also, who cares? Well you should because you might be a tiny part Neanderthal.
A hundred and thirty-three years ago an archeologist’s daughter stumbled onto about a bunch of paintings in The Cave of Altamira near the northern coast of Spain. When the findings were published well-regarded scientists of the time believed the art to be fake. The idea that prehistoric humans had the intelligence to create anything remotely like art was a little wild. Then again, this was a time when the theory of evolution was pretty wild.
Rock, Paper, Stupid: Your brain is too fond of metaphors
Look at this set of predictions and instructions and tell me you don’t love how hard the author is trying to make humans into a simple line of code. If this then that. These ridiculous statements about the predictability of human behavior fall apart pretty quickly when actually applied to real people. Most people are more complex (and intelligent) than this infographic implies, but in some ways we’re also pretty simple.
You might already be acquainted with the psychological effect of synchrony—the strange urge we have to mimic the gestures, speaking styles, and postures of the people we’re around. It’s been studied in a hundred different ways but the results are almost always a little disturbing, and catching yourself unconsciously imitating another person is creepy (Did I cross my legs first, or did she?) But in the world of subliminal messaging, that’s nothing.