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What Color Is a Tennis Ball?

Quick: What color is a tennis ball? Turns out people don’t agree on this โ€“ and fall into pretty much the same camps as the did with the dress (blue/black vs. white/gold โ€“ you remember). A piece on how we see the world โ€“ and how we see it differently.

From Weekly Filet #265, in February 2018.

A radical new hypothesis in medicine: give patients drugs they know donโ€™t work

Placebo effects are a fascinating phenomenon already. But it gets weirder (and more fascinating): Experiments indicate that the placebo effect seems to work even if patients are told that they are given mere sugar pills. How is that possible? The medicine professor who conducted the experiments: ยซFirst of all, I have no idea.ยป

From Weekly Filet #235, in June 2017.

Fireflies

A fascinating interactive explainer on how fireflies synchonise their flashing to create one big lightshow. (Once you know it, it seems fairly obvious, but it had remained a mystery for nearly a century).

From Weekly Filet #234, in June 2017.

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