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Has the “Impossible Triangle” Been Made Possible with 3D Printing?

Has the “Impossible Triangle” Been Made Possible with 3D Printing? | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Have you ever stared at an M.C. Escher picture until you grew dizzy or simply marveled at the way Escher configured angles and drew objects to trick the eye
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Hooray. Now using 3D printers to print impossible objects could lead us in some interesting directions - this is the first that I have seen.

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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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Optical Illusions for Portion Control

Optical Illusions for Portion Control | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Contrary to what Orson Welles and Marlon Brando believed (and you know what, good for them), eating and drinking everything in sight isn’t necessarily a great way to live.
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Interesting design to fool the brain.

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This looks 'shopped, but it's actually an optical illusion

This looks 'shopped, but it's actually an optical illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
For French artist George Rousse, color is clearly important, but space, depth and perspective are everything.
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Again, wow. Amazing how colour adds depth to a scene.

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Sad Bathtub Face In This Optical Illusion Photo | The Eye Test Game

Sad Bathtub Face In This Optical Illusion Photo | The Eye Test Game | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Optical Illusion (anopticalillusion.com) Look at the Optical Illusion photo above and tell me what are you seeing there. I bet that you will see something
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A slightly over the top analysis of an accidental illusion.

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Astrophoto: Photographer Re-Creates E.T. Flying in Front of the Moon

Astrophoto: Photographer Re-Creates E.T. Flying in Front of the Moon | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Back in May, I posted a series of incredible photographs of a biker in front of the rising full Moon.
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What do you think? Is the photo from the film or is it real?

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10) A Volcanic Elephant : DNews

10) A Volcanic Elephant : DNews | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
We've all seen familiar objects in random shapes, but what are the top ten examples of pareidolia on Mars?
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Make (non)sense out of random shapes on Mars.

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Illusion of the Week: Taxidermy Dreams | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network

Illusion of the Week: Taxidermy Dreams | Illusion Chasers, Scientific American Blog Network | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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How to make a real rabbit/duck illusion.

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Long Exposure Neon Waterfalls | Colossal

Long Exposure Neon Waterfalls | Colossal | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Real waterfalls and real colour glow sticks on a long-exposure photo shoot. There are some brilliant people out there.

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This optical illusion will smash every last one of your heebie-jeebie buttons

This optical illusion will smash every last one of your heebie-jeebie buttons | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Swedish artist Sandra "psychosandra" Holmbom pulls off some pretty remarkable optical illusions with makeup, but holy crap does this one take the cake —
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What's a heebie jeebie button?  Can you work out what this is?

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“Inattentional Blindness” Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions

“Inattentional Blindness” Illusion | Mighty Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Here's an interesting study that was performed recently on a group of 24 qualified radiologists. Each was given a series of CT scans showing diseased lungs and
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I would suggest that you read the article first before looking for the...well, read the article.  Nice use of illusions to illustrate a point to a group of professionals.

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Look at the central black part of the picture.

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Another really good visual illusion.

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Woman drinks huge glass of wine

Woman drinks huge glass of wine | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
fotoflex sent me this rather lovely image who is about to have the mother all of hangovers....
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Another interesting perspective shot.

Probably better to keep the glass as clean as possible - the wine stains are impossibly big.

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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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Holiday calendar: Snaky Colorado River tricks the eye

Holiday calendar: Snaky Colorado River tricks the eye | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Is this a dragon snaking over the slopes of the Lonely Mountain, as in
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Wow. This is a clever picture.  Illusion on a grand scale.

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Lucid Stead installation by Phillip K Smith III at a desert cabin

Lucid Stead installation by Phillip K Smith III at a desert cabin | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Phillip K Smith III has added mirrors to the walls of a desert shack in California to create the illusion that you can see right through the building.
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Very clever use of mirrors - by Phillip K Smith?

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Chalk artists create 3D illusions on the the streets of Atlantic City — NewsWorks

Chalk artists create 3D illusions on the the streets of Atlantic City — NewsWorks | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
On Indiana Avenue near Bally s Casino in Atlantic City a giant centipede crawled out of a yawning black hole in the pavement where a sewer cover had been dislodged But instead of running away a
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Nice slideshow of a recent 3D chalk art display in Atlantic City.

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Photographer Creates Optical Illusion Using Single Shot

Photographer Creates Optical Illusion Using Single Shot | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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How to put four separate ideas and only take one photograph. Baffling...

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LOOK: Mind-Blowing Optical Illusions

LOOK: Mind-Blowing Optical Illusions | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
"I don’t capture moments, I capture ideas," Erik Johansson proclaims on his website. The Swedish photographer seems to take heavy cues from M.C. Escher, creating impossible worlds that upend our expectations.
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Excellent use of photography to make impossible things seem real.

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Enormous Daddy Long-Legs Overtake the Seattle Center Armory | Colossal

Enormous Daddy Long-Legs Overtake the Seattle Center Armory | Colossal | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
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Painted illusions on a roof...

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Possibly my favourite photo ever....

Possibly my favourite photo ever.... | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
First, news of a remarkable offer.  The first 10 people from the UK to order my trick, The Grid, will get a free signed copy of The As If Principle (the US version of Rip It Up).  I know, it's amaz...
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Nice.

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Genius graffiti....

Genius graffiti.... | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Next time you see a tree above a wall, know that someone saw the same thing and thought of this (via @MarkIAllison)....
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This is the only photo on this site but it is a very clever one.

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The art of anamorphic illusions: the 10 most talented artists of the world - Blog of Francesco Mugnai

The art of anamorphic illusions: the 10 most talented artists of the world - Blog of Francesco Mugnai | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
10 talented artists, masters of the incredible art of anamorphic illusions that will make you look twice
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Some repeats but some terrific new illusions.

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