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June 3, 2016


green door with handle

The Green Door

We don't perceive color in our peripheral vision because we have no cones, which sense light frequencies, on the outer edge of our retina.

April 27, 2016


starry sky captured in long-exposure

Autokinetic Effect

Eye movements can cause you to mistakenly perceive isolated objects as moving.

March 7, 2016


cloud in the shape of a deer with antlers


From the man in the moon to the Virgin Mary's face on a cinnamon roll, humans have a tendency to see things that aren't there.

March 1, 2016


Mona Lisa through glass bottle

Mona Lisa’s Mysterious Smile

Mona Lisa's smile appears and disappears as we alternate between peripheral and central vision.

October 8, 2015


dung beetle in black in white

The Eye of the Dung Beetle

Dung beetles use moonlight's polarization to guide its dung hunts.

July 14, 2015


contact lens

Making Contact 

Contact lenses bring objects into closer and clearer focus than glasses.

February 24, 2015


mother and baby stare into each others' eyes

Infants Get Cues From Adult Eyes

Parents' line of vision is eye-catching to infants.

May 28, 2014


Macro image of bubbles in wine

Is Getting ‘Blind Drunk’ A Real Thing?

Is drinking yourself 'blind' just an exaggeration, like 'eating till you burst'? Or can alcohol really turn out the lights?

August 1, 2013


A male tungara frog (Engystomops_pustulosus) emits its mating call.

For The Tungara Frog, Two Cues Are Better Than One

Mate selection is tricky business. Here's how one amphibian merges two senses to narrow down its options.

June 11, 2013


Rats, humans, and other vertebrates evolved from a common ancestor that already had a system of muscles for moving the eyes

Double Vision Normal For Rats

Rats have a strikingly different visual system than our own, one that is carefully attuned to their unique needs.

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