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Is There A Man On The Moon? | IFLScience

Is There A Man On The Moon? | IFLScience | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Google Moon is a wonderful thing, but like pretty much anything it’s not fool-proof. And the proof is in the fooling, with thousands of people convinced that one user, Wowforreeel's video shows an image of an alien on the lunar surface.     It's already had three million views.
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Just silly.

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Shadow Illusions from Artist Kumi Yamashita | HUH.

Shadow Illusions from Artist Kumi Yamashita | HUH. | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

New York City-based artist Kumi Yamashita has created a stunning series of sculptures which, when lit from the right angle, cast human shadows. The physical sculptures themselves are either made from three-dimensional lettering, cast resin, or sheet metal jutting out from the wall. 

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Fantastic shadow illusions from a artist with a lot of patience!

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Flatlight - 2D/3D optical illusion candle holder

Made from thin brass sheet - The Flatlight is a sleek and functional design piece that will set the mood on fire! Cool, beautiful, fun!
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A kickstarter project to make anamorphic candle holders.

Don't know how popular they will be given they only 'work' from one perspective.

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The ten-second optical illusion that will have you seeing colours that aren’t there

Stare at the red dot in the centre of this image for ten seconds. (Wait ten seconds) If the illusion worked you should have seen the monochrome cityscape be tinged with pastel colours. According to...
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Wow, this works really well.

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The power of two dots

The power of two dots | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This came via the ever wonderful Boing Boing - and shows the power of adding two small dots to the Russian logo.....
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Two small dots

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The allure of searching for hidden 3D images

The allure of searching for hidden 3D images | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Magic Eye! Haven't seen this for years.

The technique is to slightly go cross-eyed until the picture becomes clear - but be patient.

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Why You Need Dan Kennedy Free Gift In 2014 - MyJobKiller

Why You Need Dan Kennedy Free Gift In 2014 - MyJobKiller | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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The article is irrelevant to this scoop category.  The picture is amazing.

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These Obviously Irregular Rings Are Actually Perfectly Round Circles

These Obviously Irregular Rings Are Actually Perfectly Round Circles | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Look at these grey circles. They look bent, right? Like somebody put a ring in a vice and squeezed it? Actually, it’s just an incredible optical illusion courtesy of @SciencePorn. Both circles are perfectly round. Really. No really.

If you squint hard at the image, you can see the rings come their true, circular selves. How amazing and discombobulating! For more optical illusions, see this Gizmodo roundup.

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All explained above.

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Allison Sekuler – Google+ - This is an animated GIF free zone... Illusory Motion Did…

Allison Sekuler – Google+ - This is an animated GIF free zone... Illusory Motion Did… | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
This is an animated GIF free zone... Illusory Motion

Did you ever wonder why you see motion in images where nothing is moving??

+david pinto shared a…
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Nice illusion. Might not be here for long though...

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Best Illusion You Will See Today | Mighty Optical Illusions

Best Illusion You Will See Today | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Let me show you something that one of my colleagues has just discovered recently. If you concentrate on the black spot in the continuous animation below, the
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Just a one-off very quick illusion from MOI. Watch the dot and the line on the left goes...well have a look at it.

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Illusion of the Week: The Coffer Illusion | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network

Illusion of the Week: The Coffer Illusion | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The Coffer Illusion, by vision scientist Anthony Norcia of  the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute, was a Top 10 finalist in the 2006 edition of the Best ...
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Look carefully...

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Trippy mandala optical illusions

Trippy mandala optical illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Here's a great optical illusion (click above to see the animation) -- when you blink fast, beautiful mandalas emerge. Blink Fast (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
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Floating Blocks Optical Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions

Floating Blocks Optical Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Our favourite professor has done it again! Akiyoshi has created showcased illusory pattern titled Chidori (which is some kind of a bird if I understood it
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Lots of illusions just in one image. Love the 3D effect!

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Bolin’s Amazing Camouflages

Bolin’s Amazing Camouflages | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Liu Bolin’s art has been featured in hundreds of blogs and magazines (including Illusion), his work has been displayed in galleries in New York, France and beyond; and he was a guest speaker at TED. This Chinese artist already has a heavy schedule for the fall, as he’ll be showcasing his pictures at Artinternational, Paris Photo,...
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Wow. Liu is brilliant.

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Amazing non existent 3d pedestrian crossing!

Amazing non existent 3d pedestrian crossing! | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
@yalbader sent me this great photo of an optical illusion pedestrian crossing in Kyrgyzstan - what a fab idea!
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How did they keep the cars off?

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How to Draw a 3D Optical Illusion of Your Hand

How to Draw a 3D Optical Illusion of Your Hand | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Handimania has created an awesome tutorial video that demonstrates how to draw a fun 3D optical illusion of your hand. All you need is paper, a pencil, and some colorful markers. With the pencil, t...
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NIce activity and it looks good as well.

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Green and Purple Pulsating Optical Illusion

Green and Purple Pulsating Optical Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
In this green and purple pulsating optical illusion it looks as if the image is pulsating or if you're being sucked into a vortex.
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Time to plug Mighty Optical Illusions again.

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It’s Love’s Illusions I Recall… | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network

It’s Love’s Illusions I Recall… | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Why not...

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The Missing Brick Optical Illusion

The Missing Brick Optical Illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
The object of this missing brick optical illusion is to figure out whether or not the brick would fit into the open space in the wall.
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Just a trick but it's effective.

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Do you see a nativity scene or two T-Rexes?

Do you see a nativity scene or two T-Rexes? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
@giagia kindly brought this great illusion to my attention - what do you see, a peaceful nativity scene or two angry dinosaurs ?
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Look hard...

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Handy illusion

Handy illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
@olliemealing brought my attention to this great illusion yesterday..... And very good it is too. Like it?
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Just one picture...

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Anamorphic Drawings: Hidden Images Revealed - Visual News

Anamorphic Drawings: Hidden Images Revealed - Visual News | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Very strange art form this anamorphic drawings. How do people think of these things?

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2012 Finalists « Best Illusion of the Year Contest

2012 Finalists « Best Illusion of the Year Contest | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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The ten best illusions for 2012

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Eye of The Dragon Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions

Eye of The Dragon Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
As you move your eyes around these pictures, pattern in use produces an illusory movement, making the Eye of The Dragon ascend or descend. The pulsation
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Sickening colour.  Should really acknowledge here that Mighty Optical Illusions is a great source of this any type of ...Optical Illusion.

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