A BAFFLING video which appears to show a mug to be both round and square has taken the internet by storm. It's the work of Tony Fisher, who runs his own YouTube channel, creating puzzles. In the video the mug - which Tony proves is genuine by filling up with milk - seemingly appears to be two different shapes. When looked at in a mirror it is square but from another angle it is round. But it's not witchcraft - it's physics. Tony wrote: "The milk and spoon were used to show there was no video trickery. Milk shows up better than other liquids in the gold mug. The mug is based on a shape devised by Kokichi Sugihara." We've previously reported how Mr Sugihari uses a type of science called anomalous symmetry to create illusions. This is when illusions appear to break the laws of optical physics by forcing mirrors to reflect what appears to be the opposite of what would normally be reflected - therefore tricking our eyes into seeing something different. He demonstrated in May how it … [Read more...] about Is this mug round or square? Optical illusion has people baffled
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A major incident has been declared in Wiltshire after it was suspected two people might have been exposed to an unknown substance in Amesbury.The man and woman, both in their 40s, are in a critical condition at Salisbury District Hospital, Wiltshire Police said.The force said it was not clear if a crime had been committed, although a number of scenes in the Amesbury and Salisbury area have been cordoned off as a precaution.The pair were found unconscious at an address in Muggleton Road on Saturday evening and it was initially believed that they may have taken illegal drugs.-policeCounter-terrorism teams from Scotland Yard were called in to lead the investigation when Wiltshire Police was faced with the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.On Wednesday morning Scotland Yard was referring media calls to Wiltshire Police.On Muggleton Road, where the man and woman were found, there was one police officer on duty outside a block of newly-built flats.The road … [Read more...] about Cobra committee meeting called after couple exposed to same nerve agent as Sergei Skripal
Update - 1.31pm: A meeting of the British Government's Cobra emergencies committee took place at official level in the Cabinet Office this morning to discuss events in Amesbury.A Downing Street spokesman said: "This is an incident which understandably is being treated with the utmost seriousness."Ministers and the Prime Minister are being kept updated and there was a meeting this morning of officials to receive updates on the facts of the situation."It comes as police there closed a Boots pharmacy as a precautionary measure.Boots UK said: "We can confirm that one of our stores in Amesbury has closed this morning as a precautionary measure at the request of the police as part of their standard investigation protocol."We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause customers and patients, and our team are available to direct patients towards our Salisbury Street store where they will be able to access their prescription medicines."Two police officers were guarding a Boots … [Read more...] about Latest: British Govt’s Cobra committee discuss latest major incident near Skripal poisoning
SCIENTISTS have discovered several strange objects close to the supermassive black hole at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy. The mysterious structures, which are positioned behind a shroud of galactic dust, are somehow able to resist the powerful gravitational pull of their monstrous neighbour. Along with two former celestial objects spotted over a decade ago, the discovery of G3, G4, and G5 - as they've been labelled - brings the tally of black hole visitors to five. Astronomers revealed that the group of objects look like gas clouds but behave like stars, leaving the boffs baffled. They're hanging around Sagittarius A* (pronounced Sagittarius A-star): the supermassive black hole at our Milky Way galaxy’s heart, which can shred gas clouds apart (ruling that theory out). All of these G-objects are bright, red, dusty structures that emit hydrogen and have a relatively low surface temperature. “These compact dusty stellar objects move extremely fast and close to our … [Read more...] about Scientists left baffled by mystery objects looming near Milky Way’s supermassive black hole
PEOPLE are baffled by a spinning arrow which seemingly always points right - but it is just a trick of the mind. Thousands of people have shared a video of the trick online, with folk perplexed as to how the arrow can always been pointing in the same direction. But, cleverly, it is just an optical illusion - invented by Kokichi Sugihara from Meiji University in Japan. Mr Sugihara built the white arrow, knowing its duplicitous effects could only be seen by viewing the arrow from above. On the Instagram page where the trick was first revealed, it says: "Spin this arrow 180 degrees and it still points to the right - only in a mirror will it point left, and only to the left. "A clever combination of reflection, perspective, and viewing angle produce this striking illusion." A video of the arrow only reveals how it works at the end, when it shows it against a mirror. And, in the later part of the video, the arrow is bent upwards, revealing its real shape - which is an oblong with … [Read more...] about Baffling optical illusion leaves people scratching their heads – why does this arrow ALWAYS point right?