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"An unusual arrangement of particles has been discovered in the cells of chicken eyes. It's the first time scientists have seen such a system in a biological system — one that allows materials to behave like both a crystal and a liquid.

The unique arrangement is called "disordered hyperuniformity," and it could help researchers design advanced materials, such as optics that can transmit light with the efficiency of a crystal and the flexibility of a liquid.

When matter is organized into states of disordered hyperuniformity, it exhibits order over large distances and disorder over small distances. At one level, it's like a crystal that greatly suppresses differences in the density of particles across large spatial distances. But at another scale, it's liquid-like in that it exhibits similar physical properties in all directions."


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Maybe this takes up the space where the brain should be in the birds ?

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Well this is happening on the retina, which is considered part of the brain, so maybe you're right!
 
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But then again, have you seen this?

 
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Yes I saw that but with my advanced bird watching skills I know thats not a chicken .... probably .

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My favourate Crow family story is the one about Ravens stealing fish by pulling up the lines the fishermen use to catch fish under frozen rivers and lakes in Norway.
 
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Oooops, yes, you said 'the birds' not just 'birds'. I'm a bit of a bird-brain myself this morning.

I like this story too, about dropping nuts into the traffic and waiting for lights to change so it was safe to collect them.

 
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Ooh, and according to Wikki, all birds have four types of photoreceptor, not just chickens. As do fish, amphibians and reptiles. I wonder if they have disordered hyperuniform retinas too?

Bird vision on Wikipedia
 
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