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  1. Science

    How Much Can Humans Actually See In the Dark? [Video]

    In The Chronicles of Riddick, our eponymous hero can see in the dark due to a special surgical procedure. We don't have that, unfortunately, because we're all boring and human. But, as Jake on VSauce3 shows us, there is some stuff we can see due to the way our eyes and brain work together to adjust themselves.

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  2. Science

    Can You Really Trust What Your Eyes are Telling You, Man? [Video]

    Our brains judge color and lighting in context with one another in order to perceive the world around us, and sometimes that doesn't work out so well. That's where those awesome optical illusions come from -- you know, the ones that make you think two colors are completely different when it's actually the same color. But how does that work? AsapSCIENCE has the scoop.

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  3. Science

    Worst Superpower Ever: Young Angelfish Able to Grow Fake Eyes on Their Butts to Ward Off Predators

    You know those novelty glasses with pictures of eyes on them that you can wear while taking a nap to make people think you're really awake? Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan and Australia's James Cook University have found a fishy equivalent: Young angelfish are able to grow false eyes on demand when exposed to predators.

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  4. Weird

    Licking Each Other’s Eyeballs Apparently Becoming Fad Among Preteens in Japan

    So I get that human sexuality is weird and some people get unusually turned on by things like shoes or adult diapers or whatever. I also get that teenagers are sort of dumb and will try things like putting vodka in their eyes to get drunk faster because they mistakenly think they are invincible. But I do not understand how it is that some people get off on licking each other's eyeballs, and apparently it's becoming a fad among some preteens in JapanWhy, you guys. What convinced you all to do this to each other?

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  5. Science

    Seeing is Believing: New Layer Discovered in Human Eye

    If you ever took anatomy in high school or college, then you know that there is literally a separate name for every single square centimeter of the human body. Like me, you might not actually remember any of those names, but occasionally you probably look down at your foot and think, "oh my god there are a spillion different bones in there, how does anyone know what they're all called?" So it might come as a shock to you that even with all the different classifications and categorizations, there are still parts of the body that are considered uncharted territory, such as the extra layer of cornea in the human eye that scientists from the University of Nottingham recently discovered. 

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  6. Science

    This Tadpole Can See Out Of An Eye Transplanted Onto Its Butt

    Yes, you read that right. Researchers at Tufts University have found that an ectopic eye transplanted near the tail of a tadpole -- an eye that has no direct connection to the animal's brain -- will still let the animal see. It's the first time that researchers have observed a vertebrate that can demonstrate vision through a non-traditional, implanted eye, and the implications for bioengineering could be impressive. The results suggest that we could one day develop literal working eyes in the back of our head -- or in our palms, like the Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth. You know, if you're into that sort of thing.

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  7. Science

    You’ll Put Your Eye Out, Kid: Doctors Warn of Dangers of Flying Champagne Corks

    It's New Year's Eve, which means plenty of us will be following a certain great global tradition --going home with a stranger in a desperate, booze-addled effort to prove that we, too, are worthy of love. In another tradition, this will leave plenty of us wishing that we were blind when we wake up tomorrow morning to welcome another year. The American Academy of Ophthalmology, though, reminds us that, aside from "while you're pulling on your pants and calling a cab tomorrow morning," being blind is not a desirable condition. The organization has even issued a handy public service warning to remind people to exercise caution when popping the champagne this evening, as the flying corks can put eyes out just as easily as a Red Ryder BB Gun.

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  8. Entertainment

    These are the Star Wars Glasses You’re Looking For

    Having to wear glasses is a hassle that far too many of us live with on a daily basis. Sure, there's the promise of corrective surgery, and the ubiquitous offer of contact lenses, but regardless of the option, it's something with which to deal. For those of us unable to finagle corrective surgery, there are only glasses or contacts, and contacts can be annoying. Luckily, Gizmine has Star Wars eyewear for anyone that wants to look chic but still wear glasses. The two don't always mix, after all.

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  9. Science

    Futuristic Contact Lenses Could Change Children’s Eye Shape, Prevent Nearsightedness

    I've always been able to count on my eyes to do two things, be bad and get worse. Pretty soon, though, kids may no longer have to worry about the second one. A team of scientists from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Optometry is set to unveil their prototype for a new sort of contact lens that changes the shape of the wearer's eyes, preventing their nearsightedness from getting worse.

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  10. Tech

    Researchers Develop Robotic Camera That Mimics Eye Movement

    Robots tend to have trouble reproducing the complicated movements of the human eye. Without the ability to mimic the movement of our eyes, engineers have been crafting robots with deadened unnatural eyes for ages but perhaps no longer. There are definitely other issues and obstacles but now researchers at Georgia Tech have finally crafted robotic cameras with seemingly natural eye movement thanks to the piezoelectric cellular actuators used in the design.

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  11. Entertainment

    The Overly Attached Girlfriend Strikes Again! [Video]

    You know those paintings that have eyes that follow you around the room? No matter where you are, the eyes are right there watching your every move. I want you to picture those eyes. Focus on those eyes; those eyes that judge you and chip slowly away at your soul. Now take those eyes and replace them with a crazy-eyed brunette lip-syncing to an Avril Lavigne song and you've got the Overly Attached Girlfriend. She's at it again, and she's taken some time away from the hedges outside your house to release this mashup of 7 utterly creepy songs. Watch and be uneasy!

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  12. Space

    Study Finds Being in Space is Bad for Your Eyes

    After performing MRI scans on 27 astronauts after they spent an average of 108 days in space, Larry Kramer of Texas Medical School in Houston and his colleagues found that around half of the astronauts now had eye problems. Six of the astronauts had flattening of the eyeball, four had bulging of the optic nerve, and three had kinks in the nerve sheath. The eye problems found in the astronauts are normally found in people with idiopathic intracranial hypertension, a condition where the brain experiences high pressure from blood and other fluids. These symptoms are thought to be caused in space due to the living in free-fall, where the blood pools towards the skull instead of towards the legs like it would when living in regular gravity.

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  13. Weird

    Baby Screech Owls Are Cute, Can See Into Your Soul [Video]

    Here, take a look at these baby screech owls. Because they're certainly looking at you. (via Neatorama)

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  14. Weird

    Trending Terror: Mary Sue Eyes

    The combination of Anime and American teenagers has produced a number of things we might be better off without. The suffixes -chan, -hime, and the word baka used without discrimination, not to mention an extensive new genre of slash fanfiction, and now: dangerous contact lenses.

    The New York Times reports on a new trend among young girls in America: circle lenses.

    Lady Gaga’s wider-than-life eyes [from the Bad Romance video] were most likely generated by a computer, but teenagers and young women nationwide have been copying them with special contact lenses imported from Asia. Known as circle lenses, these are colored contacts — sometimes in weird shades like violet and pink — that make the eyes appear larger because they cover not just the iris, as normal lenses do, but also part of the whites.

    Some girls are wearing them every day, like "mascara or eyeliner." The problem is... they're illegal to sell in the US and many doctors think that they are harmful to the eyes. The eyes that are wearing them, we mean.

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  15. Tech

    Print Your Own Gaze-Averting Glasses: To Aid Sketch Artists, Prevent Gorilla Attacks

    Earlier this month at the Dutch Rotterdam Zoo, an eleven year old male gorilla named Bokito escaped and ran rampant through the Zoo's food court, injuring a woman when he bit and dragged her some distance. Now, health insurance company FBTO is distributing eye-contact disguising glasses that allow zoo visitors to stare all they like, a behavior that is threatening to most of the great apes.

    A boon to the shy, the voyeuristic, and anyone who wants to look pensive or, frankly, a little weird, the glasses may also be useful to anyone who goes to zoos with sketching in mind.

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