Why Are You Nearsighted? Here's An Explanation You May Not Have Heard.

Nearsightedness is reaching epidemic levels worldwide, but nowhere is its rise more prevalent than East Asia, where as many as 90% of teenagers and young adults now suffer from blurry distance vision. Why the sudden spike? Book work has long been blamed, but recent findings point to something else. » 3/18/15 3:20pm 3/18/15 3:20pm

Avengers 2 Art Reveals Ultron's New Origin Story

A bunch of new Avengers: Age of Ulton promo art has been unveiled, and with it Ultron's new origin story. Plus, take a look at Vision in his full, caped beauty. » 12/30/14 11:05am 12/30/14 11:05am

Under the Right Conditions, Humans Can See Infrared

Humans can't see infrared. That's why we fear animals like snakes, bed bugs, and the Predator. No longer must we live with this fear! Scientists have shown that, under certain circumstances, our retinas actually can detect infrared light. » 12/02/14 10:06am 12/02/14 10:06am

Behold! A Much Better Look At Avengers 2's Vision In The Robot Flesh

You may have seen him tucked away in the corner of the Comic-Con posters, or the fuzzy promo image from this weekend. But now we have a giant, full-body shot of Paul Bettany's look as the Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check him out in all of his android glory! » 9/08/14 8:10am 9/08/14 8:10am

Paul Bettany Explains How The Avengers Will React To Meeting The Vision

First he was JARVIS, now he's the Vision. We sat down with Paul Bettany at Comic-Con and desperately tried to needle any details out of the newest addition to the Earth's mightiest heroes. And here's what we discovered.
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Here's The First (Tiny) Look At The Vision In Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Marvel has been releasing two interconnected Avengers: Age of Ultron posters a day at Comic-Con; when the last two posters are released tomorrow, we'll post the entire, 8-part epic picture. But today's Quicksilver poster reveals something more — the first glimpse of the android known as The Vision! » 7/25/14 9:42am 7/25/14 9:42am

Animals Shaped the Evolution of Colorful Fruits

Fruits can get their colors from a lot of places. New research suggests that the color preferences of the animals that eat fruit are among the strongest influences on fruit color. It's an assumption scientists have always made, but now they have some evidence to support it. » 7/18/14 2:32pm 7/18/14 2:32pm

Here's How People Try to Explain Colors to a Blind Person

Tommy Edison, who has done many videos about what it's like to have been blind since birth, recently asked people to describe colors to him. And the result says a lot about our emotional connection to color, which can differ from the reality a fair bit. » 7/01/14 1:30am 7/01/14 1:30am

Staring At A Computer All Day (Or Night) Totally Does Affect Your Eyes

Do you spend more than seven hours a day parked in front of a computer monitor? Results from a newly published study suggest you could be stripping your "tear film" of a component that helps keep your eyes clean, lubricated and healthy. » 6/21/14 8:00am 6/21/14 8:00am

This Is A Praying Mantis Wearing 3D Glasses. Discuss.

Scientists at Newcastle University are outfitting praying mantises with the world's smallest 3D glasses, to understand better how these notoriously dextrous predators perceive depth. » 4/30/14 5:49pm 4/30/14 5:49pm

This Transparent Jumping Spider is the Stuff of Nightmares

There are more than 5000 species of jumping spider. This one, spotted in an Ecuadorian reserve by zoologist Wayne Maddison is both fascinating and terrifying. » 4/29/14 7:39pm 4/29/14 7:39pm

Here's Why Squinting Helps You See Better

Ever wonder why squinting helps you focus when you've misplaced your glasses? Or why things appear clearer when viewed through a small hole? Here's the answer in video form. » 4/28/14 12:20pm 4/28/14 12:20pm

Most animals can see the flashing and glowing of power lines

In what's turning out to be a rather shocking revelation, researchers have learned that the majority of animals can see pulses of UV light produced by power lines. Because these flashes are often frightening, they may be having a detrimental affect on wildlife around the globe. » 3/13/14 2:20pm 3/13/14 2:20pm

Superpower vision lets cats and dogs see in ultraviolet

A new study suggests dogs and cats can see things that are invisible to humans — from psychedelic stripes on flowers to flashy patterned feathers on birds. Scientists say the secret behind this remarkable "superpower" is ultraviolet light detection. » 2/19/14 7:20am 2/19/14 7:20am

Our brain can process and identify images that the eye sees for as little as 13 milliseconds. That's much faster than the 100 milliseconds suggested by previous studies. This rapid-fire processing helps us direct our eyes — which can shift gaze three times per second — to the next visual target. » 1/16/14 12:40pm 1/16/14 12:40pm

Breaking: ESP still bullshit, say scientists

Some people claim to have a sixth sense — an ability to innately sense imminent danger or the presence of an unseen person. But scientists now say there's a more reasonable explanation after discovering that people can reliably detect a change in their surroundings — even when they can't see or explain what had… » 1/14/14 8:00am 1/14/14 8:00am

Want ultraviolet vision? You're going to need smaller eyes.

Unlike humans and most other mammals, birds can see ultraviolet light. But not all avian eyes are created equal, according to new research. Apparently, birds with smaller eyes are better able to perceive the UV spectrum. » 11/22/13 6:20am 11/22/13 6:20am

An explanation for why your peripheral vision is completely borked

A GIF version of the Flashed Face Animation Effect has been making the rounds recently, prompting us to ask: why the hell do these faces look so grotesque and distorted when we're not focusing our eyes on them? We spoke to a neuroscientist to find out. » 9/19/13 1:30pm 9/19/13 1:30pm

A blind man describes his perception of nature's intangible beauty

Many of us think of sunsets, outer space and the Grand Canyon as ineffably beautiful or moving, but Tommy Edison – who has been blind since birth – manages to characterize them with ease. » 9/10/13 9:50am 9/10/13 9:50am

Train yourself to see impossible colors

Hiding in the shadows between the colors we see everyday are weird, impossible shades, colors that you shouldn't be able to see and generally don't... unless you know how. Here's a simple guide to seeing impossible and imaginary colors. » 8/09/13 1:00pm 8/09/13 1:00pm