vision

  • In vision, information is a two-way street

    Untangling connections that inform visual perception.

    Neuroscientists have established that the brain makes predictions about what it’s going to see. In a paper published...

    Body and Mind April 19, 2018
  • Mantis makes a spectacle of itself

    Studying praying mantis vision could lead to cheaper robots.

    Stereoscopic vision in praying mantises works in a significantly different way to that found in mammals such as human...

    Robotics February 8, 2018
  • Making robots see

    Machine learning and deep neural networks are helping roboticists create machines that can see th...

    Remember The Jetsons – the animated sitcom that reflected popular 1960s imaginings that technology had all the answer...

    Technology October 1, 2017
  • The unexpected world of nonvisual photoreception

    There’s no reason light detection has to be limited to the eyes.

    Color-changing cells in an Atlantic squid’s skin contain light-sensitive pigments. Credit: Alexandra Kingston, CC BY-...

    Biology September 5, 2017
  • Squid eyes reveal molecular secrets for smart lenses

    The highly effective eyes of squid rely on clusters of globular proteins to focus light.

    Squid are among a select few species of animal in the world whose eyes involve perfect lenses, capable of focusing al...

    Biology August 11, 2017
  • How the fan worm got its tentacle-eyes

    The strange compound eyes of the tiny fan worm may shed light on the evolution of vision.

    The tiny compound eye of the fan worm has a diameter of only 250 microns. Credit: Michael Bok Fan worms live in tiny...

    Biology August 7, 2017
  • How patterns in the brain mirror what you see

    The activity of neurons recreate the shapes of objects and shapes that they look at.

    Scientists are a step closer to unravelling the mystery of sight now that they have revealed part of the process by w...

    Biology July 13, 2017
  • Bees show way to improve camera colour accuracy

    Honeybees keep extra eyes on the sky to track colours.

    Is that dress blue and black or white and gold? How we perceive colour is complex, influenced greatly by lighting con...

    Biology July 4, 2017
  • What dogs see when they watch TV

    What is going on in your pooch’s head when looking at a screen?

    Dog owners often notice their pets watching televisions, computer screens and tablets. But what is going on in their ...

    Biology January 19, 2017
  • Like us, bonobos become long-sighted with age

    Our primate relatives also have the same vision problem.

    This photo shows TN (male: 45 years old) grooming JD (male: 21 years old). TN is the oldest bonobo in E1 group at Wam...

    Biology November 7, 2016
  • How human eyes see different colours

    Is the colour blue you see the same colour blue others see?

    Cones within human eyes are sensitive to red, green and blue wavelengths allowing most people, who are trichromats, t...

    Biology April 14, 2016
  • The spectrum of animal colour vision

    Why do other animals need so many?

    The natural world is awash with colour –the dazzling plummage of parrots, vast fields of wildflowers. But we humans o...

    Biology March 11, 2016
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