12-year-old uses Dungeons & Dragons to help scientist dad with his research
: Cognitive scientist Alan Kingstone wanted to test whether people look at each others' eyes or simply to the center of faces. Some had suggested an answer would be impossible to discern because humans' eyes are in the center of their faces. But Alan’s son, Julian, a fan of D&D, told his father about D&D monster characters that have eyes in unusual places, such as on their hands or tail. “[Julian suggested] if you just showed them these images, you could find out whether they are looking for the eyes or not. I thought, actually, that’s a very good idea,” Kingstone said (summarized from Cosmos
). The paper describing the results - "Monsters are people too
" - was published in the British Royal Society journal Biology Letters
this month, with 14-year-old Julian named as the lead author.
posted by flex
on Nov 1, 2012 -
Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen? During the day, computer screens look good—they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.
fixes this: it makes the color of your computer's display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day. It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better. [more inside]
posted by crunchland
on Jun 22, 2010 -
"To small tropical birds foraging on the rainforest floor, those two scowling eyes peering back at them from between the leaves could be a predator. But they also could belong to one of the hundreds of caterpillar species
that have evolved eyelike spots and patterns to trick feasting birds."
posted by dhruva
on Jun 14, 2010 -
Graffiti Project in Kenya Slums
— more than a year after he took the original pictures, French photo artist JR has returned to Kibera, Kenya. He was reunited with the women who had accepted to be part of his WOMEN project at the end of 2007 (previously
). 2000 square meters of Kibera slum rooftops have been covered with photos of their eyes and faces. Most of the women will have their own photos on their own rooftop and the material used is water resistant so that the photo itself will protect the fragile houses in the heavy rain season. They are on view from the railway line that passes above them, and will be visible for Google Earth. (via Africa.Visual_Media
posted by netbros
on Apr 8, 2009 -
Not settled after all
partial genetic explaination of eye color. it's not one classic dominant/recessive allele a la the monk Mendel. three known + unknown genes involved, everybody's still beautiful.
posted by longsleeves
on Dec 8, 2005 -
It was just horrifying how quickly they became what I told them they were.
The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered in 1968, Jane Elliott
, a elementary school
teacher in Riceville
, conducted her Blue Eyes Brown Eyes exercise
with her students, dividing them by eye color to ilustrate prejudice and racism. Since retiring from teaching in the early 1980s she's repeated the exercise for adults in corporations, at colleges, and on Oprah
PBS's 1985 documentary A Class Divided
is viewable online [Real and Windows Media]
, as are parts of the 2002 documentary Australian Eye [QuickTime and Windows Media]
; both feature participants' reactions
. (Related: different reflections
by a participants in similar exercises; and a program evaluation
of the exercise.)
Ms. Elliott recently said
, "What is distressing is that I get the same results today with adults that I got using the exercise with children in 1968."
posted by kirkaracha
on Jun 13, 2005 -
Have you checked your
humors today? Not the gunky jelly stuff
in people's eyes
, the other kind
Are you melancholic
, or choleric
? Are you a salamander, gnome, nymph or sylph? Earth, water, air or fire
? Elf, Ninja, Pirate or Dwarf
? (arrrr! buckets of blood! flagons of phlegm and barrels of black bile!)
If nothing else, the theory of humors adds to one's arcane vocabulary.
posted by Capn
on Mar 23, 2005 -
- source of info about complications and their treatment from Lasik and other vision correction surgeries.
posted by Gyan
on Jan 31, 2005 -
'Laser vision' offers new insights
Directly spraying light onto the retina, basically a heads-up display
on your eye. And it's a step closer to the sunglasses Chevette stole in Virtual Light
. Said glasses being wired up to display metadata about the world around you -- if you have a gardener set you walk through and look at the plants and everything has little labels with the common names and names in Latin.
posted by artlung
on Apr 30, 2004 -
This just caught my eye (Sorry!). It's jewelry that is implanted INTO your EYE! I think this is pretty cool and another milestone in body modding. Discuss how long until Georgia legislators ban this.
posted by Fantt
on Apr 7, 2004 -
Seeing with sound.
A researcher in the Netherlands has developed a system that converts pictures from a head-mounted camera into highly complex soundscapes, which are then piped to the user via headphones. After only a week of use, a woman who has been blind from birth can tell a CD from a floppy, and discern whether the lights are on or off. Not quite up to either a bat and/or Daredevil
standards, but very cool nonetheless.
posted by Irontom
on Oct 14, 2003 -
The gift of sight
is easy to take for granted. Not for Mike May
, blinded in infancy, Mike had partial vision restored at the age of 43. This is his journal
, written with infectious delight for his new gift and documenting the unexpected problems that the miracle brings. There's much, much more to vision than just the data
and Mike is an unprecedented opportunity to better understand how perception works. [via the Guardian and previously mentioned here]
posted by grahamwell
on Aug 26, 2003 -
has been healing ever since he got a nasty shot from someone. His site shows the process through a series of photos, one taken per day.
posted by dum2007
on May 16, 2003 -
Re-Shape Your Eyes While You Sleep?
Wow - I don't know about you, but if I could wear contacts during my sleep that I *took out* when I woke up and didn't have to wear any all day, and
I could see
, then I'd do it in a second. When will it become reasonably priced?
posted by djspicerack
on Sep 26, 2002 -
Medical professionals are supposed to tell the truth.
But why do they always lie?
I had an exam yesterday and they lied to me again as they always do.
Every time they do the glaucoma test, I have been told that they will get "close" to the eye. I correct them and tell them, no, you're going to touch it. They'll deny it 3 or 4 times before finally conceding that they'll "barely touch it" or something like that.
"The most common way to currently measure pressure inside the eye is tonometry. In air tonometry, a short burst of air hits the cornea. In applanation tonometry, a doctor anesthetizes the eye, then presses against it with a tiny instrument and measures the depth of the indentation."
(sorry-- this is where I got the quote-- it's mostly about something else-- even web pages are reluctant to admit they'll touch your eyeball).
I have never recieved air tonometry, it's rarely used and considerred inaccurate.
This only bugs me because years ago a doctor told me he was going to get close to my eye, I could feel him on the surface through the aneshthetic and pulled back. This happened repeatedly. Eventually he told me he had to touch the eye. If he had told me that in the first place, I wouldn't have thought he was screwing up and I wouldn't have pulled back.
Well ok, it also bugs me that a doctor would utter such an obvious lie (you can feel them on the eye and see the cornea distort when it's pressed). What else are they lying about? What are their motives? (I have contacts, I touch my eyeballs all the time, surely they don't think I have an eyeball touching phobia...)
posted by squinky
on May 31, 2002 -
Poke Alex in the Eye!
posted by acridrabbit
on Apr 12, 2002 -