Tag: Eyes and Eyesight

Fossil Holds Clues to How Some Owls Evolved Into Daytime Hunters

In the silty red soil of Gansu Province in China, a small owl has lain nestled for about 6 million years, since an era known as the Late Miocene. The fossilized bird’s talons are outstretched, one of its wings is spread wide and its sharp beak is turned back over its shoulder. You might imagine […]

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Something Seemed to Be Blocking Signals to Her Brain. What Was It?

“You can’t see the ceiling, can you?” the man asked his 31-year-old wife. She grimaced, then shook her head. She was lying in bed looking toward the familiar shadows and shapes cast by the wintry morning sun. But she couldn’t see them. It was as if a dense white fog lay between her and those […]

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A Medical Mystery Posed by Blurred Lanes

Our cross-country drive last winter from New York to Lake Tahoe was going to be eventful enough, with a pandemic, blizzards and the cancellation of salads at McDonald’s. But by Omaha, when the lanes on Interstate 80 seemed to be bouncing around before my very eyes, we entered unexpected territory. “Are you practicing your slalom […]

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Our Personal Struggles May Be Invisible to Others

From the NPR website, here’s Glen Weldon, noting that his current television-watching habits recall those of some 20 years ago, when he was “working in bookstores” and “trying to make mock turtlenecks happen for me.” “All those bookstores I used to work in have closed,” he added. “Also I’m bald now, so mock turtlenecks just […]

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Vuity Review: I Swapped My Reading Glasses for Magical Eyedrops

I felt twin flashes of annoyance and concern, then the thunderclap of an epiphany: I was reading my texts without glasses! In a dark car! I could see the full palette of emojis, right down to stripes on the zebra and holes in the Swiss cheese. It wasn’t exactly the moment when the Velveteen Rabbit […]

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Audio Technology Helps Blind People Follow Australian Open Tennis

To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. Rapid, echoing pops go off in Michael Marshall’s ears when he listens to an Australian Open tennis match, followed closely by high- and low-pitched clinks. Three pops on the left signal that the ball landed close to […]

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Cataract Surgery May Reduce Your Dementia Risk

Surgery to remove cataracts, which cause the eye’s normally clear lens to become cloudy, can restore vision almost instantaneously. New research suggests cataract surgery may have another benefit as well: a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. For the study, scientists looked at 3,038 men and women with cataracts who were […]

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This Ancient Crab Had Unusually Huge Eyes

To figure out how Callichimaera used its eyes, Ms. Jenkins and Dr. Luque used the abundance of available Callichimaera specimens to put together a growth sequence. They compared this with 14 living species from across the crab family tree. They were surprised to find that — unlike other crab species — Callichimaera retained its large […]

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The Challenge of Identifying Sjogren’s Syndrome

A report Dr. Criswell published last year with Dr. Xavier Mariette in The New England Journal of Medicine listed possible manifestations of Sjogren’s in lymph nodes, lungs, kidneys, muscles, nervous system, skin and brain, as well as various glands and joints. Some patients experience constitutional symptoms like fever, involuntary weight loss or night sweats. Since […]

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