UC Santa Barbara researcher to receive Academy Award for technical achievement
Only minutes into the 2011 summer sci-fi blockbuster Super 8, there is a massive train crash –– a thunderous, fiery, and frighteningly realistic scene described by one writer as the film's "most intense ...
Inner ear may hold key to ancient primate behavior
CT scans of fossilized primate skulls or skull fragments from both the Old and New Worlds may shed light on how these extinct animals moved, especially for those species without any known remains, according ...
Developers of film recorder to receive Oscar
(AP) -- The first Oscar recipients of the new year were announced Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The eyes have it for perfect predator
(PhysOrg.com) -- The most striking feature of jumping spiders is their arsenal of big eyes. In contrast to web-building spiders, they rely on their excellent vision to actively hunt and catch their insect ...
'Quake' reveals how eyes and ears keep us balanced
(PhysOrg.com) -- An earthquake machine has been used by vision scientists to confirm that instead of working in isolation, our visual and middle-ear systems work together, to give us an improved sense of balance.
Tiny insect brains capable of huge feats
Insects may have tiny brains the size of a pinhead, but the latest research from the University of Adelaide shows just how clever they really are.
How does an outfielder know where to run for a fly ball?
(PhysOrg.com) -- Faced with a fly ball soaring deep into center field during the 1954 World Series, New York Giants center fielder Willie Mays turned his back on the ball, ran straight to the center field ...
Perceptual learning relies on local motion signals to learn global motion
Researchers have long known of the brain's ability to learn based on visual motion input, and a recent study has uncovered more insight into where the learning occurs.
How You Feel the World Impacts How You See It
In the classic waterfall illusion, if you stare at the downward motion of a waterfall for some period of time, stationary objects -- like rocks -- appear to drift upward. MIT neuroscientists have found that ...