Can you spot the cat amongst the pigeons? This is Hungarian artist's - Dudolf - latest optical illusion that has some several viewers puzzled. The cause of all this difficulty is likely to have something to do with the way in which the brain processes visual information, by identifying repeating patterns and then using this to automatically fill in the gaps in peripheral vision. This makes it very difficult to spot minor details or irregularities in our visual field without focusing directly on these elements, which means you probably won't see the cat unless you stare straight at it. [ ... ]
This type of optical illusion plays with our brain’s sense of perspective: the dragon’s face looks like it’s sticking out toward us because, after all, we know from a life time of experience that faces stick out instead of cave in.
But the exact opposite is actually the case here. Regardless of what you perceive, the entire face of this dragon is inverted making everything backwards: For example, the right eye is actually farther away from us than the left eye, and it’s this inversion that confuses our brains and makes us think the dragon is staring at us.
The Schiller Effect (aventurescence) is an optical illusion that makes stones such as labradorite appear to light up internally. The layering of different minerals at a scale near the wavelength of light causes the scattering and interference effect.
Ever seen 'memory metal' in action? Watch this paperclip - made from an incredible shape-shifting metal called Nitinol - be bent completely out of shape and then restored instantly as it touches a simple bowl of warm water.
This double red rainbow was photographed over a Greek sunset by Manolis Thravalos. The optical phenomena is a result of Rayleigh scattering, which is the scattering of light by tiny particles in the atmosphere. This scattering is what causes the Sun to appear yellow and the sky to appear blue, and also results in red sunsets where the atmosphere is thicker around the horizon.
You see those embedded spirals of green, pink and blue? The green and blue spirals are actually the exact same colour.
When the green and pink colours are placed side-by-side, they enhance each other’s darker tones, making them look like completely new colours. How we perceive colours is dependant on the light and shadow surrounding them and on the placing of contrasting colours side by side.
At first glance, this photo looks like a stunning Scarlet Macaw. Look closer. This species isn’t Ara macao, it’s Homo sapiens. If you look closely, you can see her right hand as the claw, her left arm wrapped over her head to look like the head and the beak. Her left leg is outstretched to serve as the tail, while her right leg is curled up on the post. The bright green eye is painted on her forehead.
Artist Johannes Stoetter spent a month planning and executing this amazing photograph. For four hours, he painstakingly painted the model’s body with breathable paint in order to create the the beautiful details. [ ... ]