A new type of optical illusion tricks the brain into seeing dazzling rays

Creators call the illusion the “scintillating starburst.”   A new type of mind-bending visual illusion makes people see dazzling rays that aren’t really there at all.   The newly discovered illusion, nicknamed the “scintillating starburst,” is made up of a simple pattern of concentric wreaths on a plain white background. However, almost everyone who looks[…]

Fun Fact Friday | How to Tell If a Melon Is Ripe

… and pick perfectly every time.   Next time you’re at the store, here’s how to tell if a melon is ripe. Hint: You’ll need to tap into all your senses!   Nothing says “summer” like a sweet and juicy melon! (Especially an extra-refreshing watermelon.) That’s why getting home and finding you’ve purchased a lackluster cantaloupe, honeydew[…]

Rain in sub-Saharan Africa can mean more butterflies in Europe

The “butterfly effect” may have it all wrong. Instead of a single insect’s wing flap setting off a distant tornado weeks later, rain in sub-Saharan Africa can lead to more wing-flapping butterflies in southern Europe come the next spring, a new study finds.   Orange-hued with black and white wing tips, the painted lady (Vanessa[…]

Fun Fact Friday | Watermelon

What would summer be without juicy, sweet watermelon? Watermelon makes the perfect snack, picnic food or summer dessert. It’s also refreshing in smoothies, fruit pops and sorbets. Have you ever wondered where watermelon came from? How about the old wive’s tale about swallowing watermelon seeds? Read on to learn fun and interesting facts about your[…]

Fun Fact Friday | Cicadas

Common Name: Cicadas Scientific Name: Cicadoidea Type: Invertebrates Diet: Herbivore Group Name: Cloud, plague Average Life Span in the Wild: Up to 17 years Size: 0.75 to 2.25 inches   What are cicadas? Cicadas are members of the superfamily Cicadoidea and are physically distinguished by their stout bodies, broad heads, clear-membraned wings, and large compound eyes.  […]