Science behind the photo #47

Salticidae Spider Depth perception takes on a whole new meaning when you have eight eyes. The spider in the picture belongs to the Salticidae family, which contains over 5000 described species. The Salticidae’s ability to jump is not unique among spiders, but they are set apart from other families by their capability to make precise, […]

Natural mathematicians nonplussed by negative numbers from an early age

Ai is 35 years old and lives with her son, Ayumu. They both work together in a computer lab in Kyoto, Japan. Ai and Ayumu caused a riot in 2008 when they proved they could win at any standard (albeit math based) computer game. Using their faster-than-average ability to remember numbers in sequence they would […]

Video: The Science of Drinking

In honour of Katie Tomlinsons fascinating article in I,Science on the science of drinking we thought we’d have some fun and test the effects of alcohol on Imperial College students cognitive abilities. We challenged them to answer some simple questions, watch the outcomes for yourselves…