Hidden Order in Chickens' Eyes

Replicating the structure of a chicken's eye could lead to advances in light sensors.

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Up close, many systems look chaotic — clusters of stars, the atoms in superfluid helium, the haphazard arrangement of certain subatomic particles. Zoom out, though, and they appear organized. They possess a “hidden order,” says Salvatore Torquato, a Princeton theoretical scientist who discovered this phenomenon a decade ago, calling it “hyperuniform and disordered.”  Recently, neuroscientist Joseph Corbo of Washington University in St. Louis came to Torquato wi...
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