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Scallop Eyes Mirror Reflecting Telescopes


Scallop Eyes Mirror Reflecting Telescopes

The visual systems of scallops boast a sophisticated arrangement of up to 200 eyes, each of which is strikingly similar to a reflecting telescope or a large radio telescope, say researchers studying the features. The scallop's eye could inspire new optical devices such as medical diagnostic cameras or wide-view surveillance imaging, just as compound eyes of thousands of small lenses joined together in lobsters and other animals have informed telescope design, Benjamin Palmer of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel and colleagues note in the December 1 issue of Science. .


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