When a healthy person watches a smoothly moving object (say, an airplane crossing the sky), she tracks the plane with a smooth, continuous eye movement to match its displacement. This action is called smooth pursuit. But smooth pursuit isn’t smooth for most patients with schizophrenia. Their eyes often fall behind and they make a series of quick, tiny jerks to catch up or even dart ahead of their target. For the better part of a century, this movement pattern would remain a mystery. But in recent decades, scientific discoveries have lead to a better understanding of smooth pursuit eye movements. [Garden of the Mind]
Neuroscientists have identified the location in the brain’s visual cortex responsible for generating a common perceptual illusion: Seeing shapes and surfaces that don’t really exist when viewing a fragmented background.
FDA approves portable artificial pancreas. The device syncs the results of a continuous reading of the wearer’s glucose levels with a pump that provides appropriate amounts of insulin.
China is known for its pirated DVDs and fake designer gear, but these criminals were producing something more intellectual: fake scholarly articles which they sold to academics, and counterfeit versions of existing medical journals in which they sold publication slots [The Economist]
Guy gets ticketed for not riding in bike lane, makes video of himself smashing into things in bike lanes.
All you have to do is place your phone next to your keyboard to provide a direct channel for anyone to read what you are typing – and it’s all down to the vibration of the keys.
Remember that crazy story about the dude in Mississippi who mailed ricin to Obama and then tried to frame some other dude in Mississippi for the crime? Well, the story is a thousand times crazier than you thought.