The New York Times 8th Annual Year In Ideas

Please click HERE for the New York Times Year in Ideas issue. For the eighth year in a row, they have compiled an alphabetical digest of ideas, from A to Z (almost) that features a whole slew of essays about the interesting concepts that people have come up with during 2008.  

Snowflakes As You’ve Never Seen Them Before

These snowflake photos were taken by Kenneth Libbrecht of CalTech, using a specially-designed snowflake photomicroscope. They show real snow crystals that fell to earth in northern Ontario, Alaska, Vermont, the Michigan Upper Peninsula, and the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.  

Amazing Auditory Illusion

Here is a terrific auditory illusion called a Shepard Scale. Listen to the video, then replay it. Again. And again. And again. From Wikipedia: A Shepard tone, named after Roger Shepard, is a sound consisting of a superposition of sine waves separated by octaves. When played with the base pitch of the tone moving upwardsContinue reading “Amazing Auditory Illusion”

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