If we recognize people’s faces, much of that recognition comes from seeing their hair. That’s the gist of a discovery made years ago at MIT. These two studies explain, and give examples. The examples are reproduced below. Each shows a set of two people — an American Vice President and President. In one case, Al […]
A new study, the purpose of which some may find delightfully puzzling, looks at the self-portraits scholars put on their home pages: “How Academics Face the World: A Study of 5829 Homepage Pictures,” Owen Churches [pictured here], Rebecca Callahan, Dana Michalski, Nicola Brewer, Emma Turner, Hannah Amy Diane Keage, Nicole Annette Thomas, Mike Elmo, Richard […]
Today’s Headline of the Day arrived in a press release* from the publisher Elsevier: “Having a wider face could save your life.” It pertains to this study: “Male facial width is associated with death by contact violence: narrow-faced males are more likely to die from contact violence,” Michael Stirrat [whose face is pictured here], Gert […]
“An important issue in face recognition research is whether faces are recognized on the basis of their individual features or more holistically, on the basis of their overall shape.” To clarify, researchers professor James Tanaka, now at the University of Victoria, Canada, and professor Martha Farah University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, decided to show […]
This week’s Awkward Title of the Week is: “The Changing Face of Urology in 2005,” M. Ray Painter, Reviews in Urology, 2004;6 Suppl 8:S32-8.
A new line of American-British research suggests that the shape of a chief executive officer’s head can indicate how well his firm will prosper. The shape also predicts whether the chief executive will act immorally. The research offers a mathematical tool that financial analysts can add to their professional kit bag: the chief executive officer’s facial width-to-height […]
Dany Adams gave one of the first 24/7 Lectures (the Lectures are now a featured annual part of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony). It was also one of the most memorable, culminating in Adams’s seven-word definition of BIOLOGY: “If it can get infected, it’s biology.” This week Adams [pictured here] published a study together with […]
Two quick videos showing makeup, lighting, photoshop and commerce in time-lapse action:
This theatrically-faced dragonfly lives in Herlev, Denmark. No CGI was used in the rendering of this insect. Investigator Gry Bastholm, in the midst of doing botanic fieldwork, immortalized it photographically.
When is a shoe like a face? The answer (or one answer, at least) is in the study: “Statistical Discrimination of Footwear: A Method for the Comparison of Accidentals on Shoe Outsoles Inspired by Facial Recognition Techniques,” Nicholas Dominick Koslap Petraco, Carol Gambino, Thomas A. Kubic, Dayhana Olivio and Nicholas Petraco, J Forensic Sci, Vol. […]