Episode 113 - Virtual Particles, Movie Fear, and Sneezing at the Sun

For this week's Ask Science Mike, we address the following questions: What are virtual particles? Why do horror movies stick in my head? What do blind people see in their minds? Why does the sun make me sneeze?

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What are virtual particles?

A Children’s Picture-book Introduction to Quantum Field Theory

What is a Virtual Particle?

Do virtual particles actually physically exist?

Quantum foam

What do blind people see in their minds?

People blind from birth use visual brain area to improve other senses: Can hear and feel with greater acuity

Visual Cortex Activity in Early and Late Blind People

Activation of the primary visual cortex by Braille reading in blind subjects

Visual cortex activation in blind humans during sound discrimination.

Is It Possible To Think Without Language?

Why does the sun make me sneeze?

Looking at the Sun Can Trigger a Sneeze

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