Dan Nosowitz is PopSci.com's Associate Editor. He has previously written for Fast Company, SmartPlanet, the Billfold, and Splitsider, and got his start at the gadget blog Gizmodo. He is also the founder and editorial director of Oh Em Gee., a pop culture criticism collective based in Montreal. Dan holds an undergraduate degree in English literature from McGill University. You can follow him on Twitter.
Perception isn't just a simple chain of neurological events. A new study from the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California suggests that emotion can actually affect perception--like, say, a Jewish person observing a neo-Nazi.
Speck is a company that makes cases for smartphones and tablets and things like that. Their stuff is fine. But what's not fine is the company's new ad campaign, in which the noble Venn diagram is sullied. Sullied! Look at that ad! That is incorrect!
Steven Poole over at the New Statesman has a great piece up bashing the populist, not-so-scientific writings of folks like Malcolm Gladwell and Jonah Lehrer. It's an angry, thoughtful discussion of the complexities of the brain and why catchy headlines and simplistic conclusions might be doing us a disservice. The first line: "An intellectual pestilence is upon us." Read it here.
Samsung's new anti-iPhone 5 ad is confusing! It may not take a genius to see which list of features is longer, but it COULD take a genius--or some kind of Android super-fan--to recognize what all those items even mean.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.