Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Eyeballs
Details on how a squid’s eye corrects for underwater distortion:
Spherical lenses, like the squids’, usually can’t focus the incoming light to one point as it passes through the curved surface, which causes an unclear image. The only way to correct this is by bending each ray of light differently as it falls on each location of the lens’s surface. S-crystallin, the main protein in squid lenses, evolved the ability to do this by behaving as patchy colloids — small molecules that have spots of molecular glue that they use to stick together in clusters.
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