Pick 'n' mix
Just some interesting science/art/culture links this week
One of the downsides of freelancing is that I’m sometimes very busy, and this is one of those weeks. So instead of a lengthy introduction I just have a list of interesting links for you to snack on. Enjoy!
Can Art Help Save the Insect World? By Alix Strauss for the New Yorkt Times, about Levon Biss’s upcoming exhibit at the AMNH.
Mary Elizabeth Williams interviews Matt Richtel for Salon about his new book on creativity.
The neuroscience behind playful learning. By me for BOLD Blog.
Why MIT Researchers Are Studying Oreos. By Sarah Kuta for Smithsonian Magazine
Dean Burnett shares some neuroscience-approved productivity tips on BBC Science Focus.
For Forbes.com I wrote about a study where volunteers watched a Black Mirror clip and shared their opinions about different types of AI. They preferred an AI that was just a voice over an uncanny robot.
I also covered a study in which rats had to listen to the “Happy Birthday” song so many times, but they were then able to identify it even if the pitch or tempo changed.
In National Geographic, Dominic Bliss writes about how art shapes our understanding of plants – and reveals wonders photographs can miss.
Ice age artists may have used firelight to animate carvings, by Brian Handwerk in Smithsonian Magazine