“Mona Lisa effect“ is real, but doesn’t apply to Leonardo’s painting

Enlarge / Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany used folding rulers for measurement to test the effect. Study participants indicated the number they thought Mona Lisa‘s gaze was directed at. (credit: CITEC/ Bielefeld University) There have long been anecdotal reports that the eyes of the Mona Lisa—Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous painting—sometimes seem to […]

The Trump effect? Number of US citizens seeking asylum in Canada soars by 500%

Trump seems to have accomplished what political Hollywood never has – convincing thousands of Americans to flee the country. Driven by his policies, more US citizens sought asylum in Canada last year than have in decades. Americans were the third-largest group to seek asylum in Canada in 2017, according to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, […]

What’s on TV: ‘Tetris Effect’ and ‘Great British Baking Show’

This week Netflix premieres Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine as a hero in medieval Scotland, as well as “Collection 6” of The Great British Baking Show. On PS4 and PS VR, there’s Tetris Effect which puts a Tetsuya Mizuguchi spin on the classic puzzle game as well as the Road Rash-like Road Redemption, while FMV […]

Latest batch of US sanctions against Russia comes into effect

The latest set of sanctions against Russia, introduced by the US in response to Moscow’s alleged involvement in the Skripal poisoning in the UK, has come into effect. Moscow has already promised a proportional response. The State Department document, published by the Federal Register website on Monday, outlines the new restrictions that Washington hopes will […]