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Listed under:  Science  >  Life  >  Animal structure and function  >  Body systems  >  Nervous system  >  Sense organs  >  Eyes
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Reading between the lines

Test the vision of four people to identify vision problems: myopia, hyperopia or presbyopia. Compare effects of corrective lenses on reading at different distances. Look at a cross-section of the eye showing focal variations linked to a vision problem. Explore how common vision problems are by doing a survey. This learning ...

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Seeing red: what is the red-eye effect?

Have you ever wondered what causes that annoying 'red-eye' in photos taken with a flash? How can you avoid or lessen it? Marko Moutafis uses eye models as he takes us through a lively demonstration to help answer these questions. He entered this video into the 2013 Sleek Geeks Eureka Science School Prize competition.

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Colour blindness - seeing the world differently

The ability to see colours is an important human trait, but did you know some people's colour vision is impaired. View this clip to discover what it means to be colourblind and how it happens. Find out also about the extraordinary colour vision of the dunnart, and why it is important for this nocturnal marsupial.

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How does the retina work?

When electrons in your retina absorb photons of light they don't emit light, they cause a molecule to change shape - and that lets you see colour!

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Eyeball challenge: stone wheel puzzle

Investigate a range of animal eyes: dog, cat, bee, fish, eagle and human. Discover how these animals see things in different ways because their eyes have different structures. For example, look at an animal's field of view, how it focuses and sees colours. Choose eyes with good close-up vision to solve a puzzle and unlock ...

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Eyeball challenge: mission 2

Investigate a range of animal eyes: dog, cat, bee, fish, eagle and human. Discover how these animals see things in different ways because their eyes have different structures. For example, look at an animal's field of view, how it focuses and sees colours. Find your way through an ancient temple by choosing eyes suited ...

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Worker honey bee with stored pollen

This is a colour photograph of a worker honey bee ('Apis mellifera'), showing its body structure, compound eyes and the stored pollen on its back leg. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Apidae.)

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Common mud dauber wasp

This is a black-and-white scientific illustration of a common mud dauber wasp ('Sceliphron laetum'). (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Sphecidae.)

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Compound eye of a moth

This is a scanning electron micrograph image of the compound eye of a moth, showing many of the hexagonal facets of a transparent cuticle that makes up a whole eye. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera.)

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Green cicada on a stem

This is a colour photograph of a green cicada on a twig. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hemiptera, Family: Cicadidae.)

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Head of a 'Melophorus' ant

This is a colour photograph of the head of a furnace ant ('Melophorus' sp) in close-up view from the front. It shows the distinctively long hairs on the underside of the head and the mandibles that are characteristic of this genus. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Spider fangs

This is a black-and-white scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a pair of spider fangs and, above them, a row of eyes. The horizontal bar at the bottom represents 1 mm. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Arachnida, Order: Araneida.)

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Small ant on the eye of a bull ant worker

This is a black-and-white image, produced by a scanning electron microscope (SEM), of a small ant ('Carebara atomus', previously 'Oligomyrmex atomus') on the eye of a bull ant worker ('Myrmecia brevinoda'), dramatically showing the extraordinary disparity in their sizes. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, ...

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Mating Australian sheep blowflies

This is a colour photograph of two Australian sheep blowflies ('Lucilia cuprina') mating on a blade of grass. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Diptera, Family: Calliphoridae.)

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Head of a moth

This is a scanning electron micrograph of the head of a moth. The head is covered in fine scale-hairs, and the eye, coiled proboscis and antenna of the moth are clearly visible. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Lepidoptera.)

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Head of a bull ant

This is a scanning electron micrograph of the head of a bull ant, 'Myrmecia' sp, showing the characteristic long toothed mandibles and large compound eyes. (Classification - Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Hexapoda, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Formicidae.)

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Colours: describing hair and eyes

This collection of interactive and printable resources introduces the words for colours, and the functions to describe people's hair and eyes. It focuses on core questions and answers: 'Come sono i tuoi capelli - i tuoi occhi?', 'Ho i capelli - gli occhi ...' and 'Com'è ...?' Translations, solutions and hints throughout ...

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Revision: introductions, descriptions, addresses

This set of interactive and printable resources provides an overview and summary of the vocabulary and language functions to introduce and describe people, including name, surname, age, address, favourite pet and colour. It provides a variety of descriptive texts, including ID cards and presentations. Translations, solutions ...

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Light sound action: student guide

This is a student guide that explores many aspects of light, sound and electricity including how they are each transmitted and their contribution to modern societies, as well as material on the wave and particle models. This resource is divided into different parts with each containing information, images and diagrams, ...

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Light sound action: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials relevant to a study of light, sound, and electricity. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive activities, simulations, video clips, supportive information and notebook questions, and is divided into several parts including sections ...