Fifteen ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had

Fifteen ‘untranslatable’ emotions you never knew you had

In Finland, the word ‘sisu’ is used to describe a kind of extraordinary determination in the face of adversity. Though only four letters, according to Finnish speakers, it encapsulates something that words like ‘perseverance’ or ‘resilience’ in English don’t quite do justice. But just because English doesn’t have a word for these emotions, it doesn’t mean we don’t experience them.

How we designed our packaging

How we designed our packaging

Packaging is important. Sure it’s not as important as the product itself - but as the first thing a customer sees, it’s still important to get right. 

And when a product is on display in a retail space or at an event, the packaging becomes part of communicating the product. It needs to both inform and showcase, and often it becomes part of the solution for transportation or storage.

doppel is so far only available online but these were all points we considered when designing the packaging.

Three tactile illusions to trick your brain

Three tactile illusions to trick your brain

One of the oldest tactile illusions is the Aristotle illusion - it’s also one of the most simple.

First, cross your forefinger and index finger. Next, touch a small spherical object such as a rolled up piece of blu-tac. 

It will feel like you are touching two balls of Blu Tack and not one. You can also achieve the same effect if you touch your nose!

Wearing your heart on your sleeve: This wristband can change how you feel

Wearing your heart on your sleeve: This wristband can change how you feel

This post first appeared on the QEPrize website. 

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Press release: Introducing doppel – The First Wearable that Actively Changes Your Mood

Press release: Introducing doppel – The First Wearable that Actively Changes Your Mood

CES, LAS VEGAS – January 5, 2017 – London-based technology start-up, doppel, is bringing a new generation of wearable technology to the United States that helps users stay alert or calm down, naturally, in real-time.  Different from traditional wearables that merely measure or monitor your body, the new doppel wristband can literally change your mood using your body’s natural response to rhythm.

New research finds two organisms with biorhythms influenced by both the Sun and the Moon independently and it's incredible

New research finds two organisms with biorhythms influenced by both the Sun and the Moon independently and it's incredible

We’ve blogged before about circadian rhythms (rhythms in nature that follow the daily cycle of sunlight and darkness) but interesting research published in Current Biology and Cell Reports has found that some marine animals have at least two internal clocks, which crucially follow different times and have different mechanisms.

Is there such a thing as the perfect amount of stress?

Is there such a thing as the perfect amount of stress?

In 1908, psychologists Robert M. Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson first mapped the empirical relationship between ‘arousal’ (meaning psychological alertness) and performance. They found that performance increases with physiological arousal, but only up to a point. When levels of arousal become too high, performance decreases.  This is called the “Yerkes–Dodson law”.