Midnight In The Desert — eyes

Only Known Four-Eyed Lizard Found in Wyoming

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Only Known Four-Eyed Lizard Found in Wyoming

Monitor lizards are not native to North America, although three breeding populations of over 1,000 lizards now live in South Florida – most likely the result of unscrupulous pet owners. However, North America can now lay claim to a prehistoric monitor that is truly unique – it’s the only four-eyed jawed vertebrate ever found and one of those extra eyeballs is the proverbial pineal gland “third eye.” Does this mean the lizard had a soul? Before you start yelling “What about the spectacled caimans?”, the disparaging phrase “four-eyed” used to bully humans wearing glasses does not apply to the spectacled...

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This Bionic Lens Could Give You Superhuman Vision

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This Bionic Lens Could Give You Superhuman Vision

There are plenty of ways to fix imperfect vision, but none of them last. Even LASIK, the most popular long-term solution, leaves your eyes at risk of cataracts later in life. In May of 2015, a Canadian ophthalmologist announced that he's created a bionic lens that could correct a person's vision for life, potentially resulting in vision three times better than 20/20. The product of eight years of research and $3 million in funding, the Ocumetics Bionic Lens is said to require a painless 8-minute in-office procedure that requires no anesthesia. The custom-made lens is folded up like a taco...

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Scientists have found a woman whose eyes have a whole new type of colour receptor

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Scientists have found a woman whose eyes have a whole new type of colour receptor

After more than 25 years of searching, neuroscientists in the UK recently announced that they've discovered a woman who has an extra type of cone cell - the receptor cells that detect colour - in her eyes. According to estimates, that means she can see an incredible 99 million more colours than the rest of us, and the scientists think she's just one of a number of people with super-vision, which they call "tetrachromats", living amongst us. Most humans are trichromats, which means we have three types of cone cells in our eyes. Each type of cone cell is thought...

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