Hack the Senses: S01E05 New Senses

The final episode of Hack the Senses’ series of events will explore the possibility of creating new senses and discuss can we make perceptible what has hitherto been imperceptible? Hear from some of the pioneers in sensory augmentation, self-cyborgization, and full-body telepresence. Event Schedule 6.30pm – Arrival, registration, drinks and chat 7.00pm – Welcome to Hack the Senses […]

Instant Expert: How Your Brain Works

Join the New Scientist for this day long exploration into your grey matter… The brain has long been a source of fascination. In 1819, the radical thinker and surgeon William Lawrence put it like this: “It is strongly suspected that a Newton or Shakespeare excels other mortals only… by having an extra inch of brain in the […]

A Sense of Magnetism

The Summer 2012 issue of I, Science took a look at perception, discussing senses and their limitations. However, one sense that was not touched upon was that of magnetism, called ‘magnetoception’. The way magnets attract and repel things, or even levitate them (most notably frogs), gives magnetism the aura of the artificial, or the quality […]

Handy Insight into Distorted Body Image

Does my bum look big in this? Well, it depends on your perspective, says Julie Gould The way in which others see you is, more often than not, entirely different from the way you see yourself. Self-perception is largely dependent on your state of mind and how you compare yourself with others. Tabloids and magazines […]

A Code for the Colour-blind: ColorADD

Try to imagine being unable to distinguish green from blue. What impact would this have on your daily life? For the colour blind, simple things like crossing the street, shopping for clothes or navigating the tube can become extremely complicated. However, this may now be aided by something known as ColorADD. ColorADD is a colour […]

Science Behind the Photo #43

Taken from Issue 21. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this photo was an intricate model of a train set – but you would be mistaken. It is, in fact, a photograph of a life-sized DART train in Dublin, combined with some post-production magic to fool us into thinking it is tiny. This effect, known […]