October 1, 2014

Review: The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons.

Out now from Broadway Paperbacks!

Think you’ve got a grasp on how reality and human intuition works? Think you’re catching everything “in the moment” and that your memory works like a finely tuned HD video camera? This week’s review may have a few surprises for you. In The Invisible Gorilla, authors and psychology professors Christopher Chabris & Daniel Simons posit what is becoming all too apparent in our modern stimulus-saturated world; that the true talent of the human mind may be in its ability to filter or ignore key events going on all around us. [Read more...]

28.02.11: Pan-STARRS Sets a New Record.

The Pan-STARRS camera…not your basic flip-cam!

(Credit: Rob Ratkwoski, copyright PS1SC. All Rights Reserved, Used with permission).

While you were sleeping on the night of January 29th, 2011, astronomers both human and cyber atop Haleakala in Hawaii were on patrol. The telescope was the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS), and the quarry was Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs). In one marathon night, astronomers Richard Wainscoat, David Tholen and Marco Micheli of the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy bagged 19 confirmed NEAs, the most discovered in a single run. [Read more...]