Why do pencils look like rubber?

The rubber material that’s used in pencils is an “inverted graphite.” Because in graphite, all of the atoms are stacked on top of one another, they have a lot of flexibility. But in the rubber material, all of the atoms are stacked underneath each other and their molecules form a rigid structure. Why do notebooks […]

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How did Blaine levitate?

By levitation, I mean he levitated by a spell. The spell being a hex named Levitation Charms. That spell lets him float by simply holding things up to the ceiling (which is essentially what happens when he levitates) and then releasing them at high speed using Charms.” Harry nodded in agreement in his mind. Yes. […]

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How do illusions work psychology?

The answer may not be a simple one. The theory of illusions is simple, but does it have the scientific merit to withstand the rigor of empirical investigation? I recently wrote a blog post called How Illusion Works. I wanted to explain in a simple way why illusions work. You can check out a full […]

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What superhero can read minds?

Not Superman! The Man of Steel is immortal – but so much has happened since he first won the title, in 1938, the day his parents had a car accident. How much of the Man of Steel story line was true? What was the origin of the character? The origin story was true. The first […]

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How do you palm a coin?

It’s like flipping a coin: either it’s a coin-flip, or it’s a dead end. That’s where, for a very brief moment, it’s like, ‘Wow, this can’t possibly be real.’ And you’re like, ‘OK, I got it.’ ” We talked to both men about how and why the project came together. Simmons talked with us about […]

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Is magic an illusion?

Do humans make it up? If a woman loses her eye on her wedding day, can God intervene to heal it? And who is God? He’s in all of us. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what Dr. Drew tells his audience on the show: The first thing a woman should ask about […]

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What does dark magic mean?

[src] “Dark magic is the manipulation of the powers of darkness, which is not something that most people understand, but that makes it far more dangerous to anyone who tries to use them. Dark magic is a secret, for it is the dark arts, and it is almost impossible to see.” ―Sorcerer’s Apprentice to Harry […]

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How do illusions work psychology?

How do they affect reality? The fact that they are usually described as illusions may make you think that people are only imagining their dreams. In fact, illusions are what we actually experience in our waking lives. Here’s a thought experiment from Wikipedia: Imagine an imaginary group of people all of whom seem to you […]

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