COOL IMAGES: Bee's-Eye View

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Science  16 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5388, pp. 375
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5388.375a

If you thought Albert Einstein's wild shock of hair appeared a bit wacky, just look at how a honeybee would have seen the great physicist. Download this and other peculiar images at neuroscientist Andrew Giger's B-EYE site, which reframes patterns and faces as a honeybee might see them. Created while Giger was investigating bee vision at the Australian National University in Canberra, the site lets you choose a picture, select the insect's position, and see the stretched and blurry result. Giger also shows step by step how the honeybee's compound eyes, arranged in a hexagonal array, process an image, detailing just why its world seems straight out of the fun house.

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