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Guiding Light

By | October 1, 2014

Retinal glial cells acting as optical fibers shuttle longer wavelengths of light to individual cones.


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Joeanna Arthur: Charting a Path

By | October 1, 2014

Project Scientist, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Age: 32


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One Fish, Two Fish

By | October 1, 2014

Despite a lack of vision, a blind cavefish can count. Sort of.


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Predator Demoted

By | October 1, 2014

Extinct, giant arthropods, long assumed to be top predators of ancient seas, didn’t have sharp enough eyesight to be refined hunters.

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Sleep Tight

By | October 1, 2014

Bed bugs are but one example of a species whose populations have evolved in response to human behavior.


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Sound and Light Show

By | October 1, 2014

Sounds trigger a response in the visual cortex that predicts how accurately a person can identify a visual target.

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Speaking of Vision Science

By | October 1, 2014

October 2014's selection of notable quotes

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The Rainbow Connection

By | October 1, 2014

Color vision as we know it resulted from one fortuitous genetic event after another.


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$300M Boost for BRAIN

By | September 30, 2014

Mix of public, private, philanthropic, and academic investments will fund additional BRAIN Initiative-related projects.


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Cave-dwelling Fish Fail to Keep Time

By | September 25, 2014

Tetra fish adapted to extreme darkness lose circadian metabolic rhythms to conserve energy, according to a study. 


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