IT Trends :: Thursday, January 25, 2007

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Opinion

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Don't Click Until You See the #FFFFFF of Their Eyes

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If you've ever looked closely into the eyes of a nonhuman animal, even a chimpanzee, our closest extant relative, or a dog, our best friend, you may have noticed that those animals do not have "whites" to their eyes. Actually, if they roll their eyes around wildly, you can see some white around the edges of their sclera, which is mostly brown or some other shade of dark.

In modern times the phrase "Don't shoot until you see the whites of their eyes" sounds antiquated indeed, since we usually now kill each other at much greater range, in warfare. But it makes the point that humans are among the few animals which have very distinct whites to their eyes (ravens and goats are two others), with white sclera around the iris, which itself surrounds the black pupil, in ordinary circumstances.

Scientists are making headway into understanding why this might be so, and as they do so there are implications for better understanding and possibly improving the behaviors of humans who cannot "see the whites of their eyes" during chat, or even on Second Life....

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IT News

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ACM Names 41 Fellows for Contributions to Computing, IT

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The venerable Association of Computing Machinery recognized 41 of its members, including those from the university and research community, for their contributions to the practical and theoretical aspects of computing and information technology....

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Gallaudet to Host National Center for Visual Learning

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Gallaudet University has been picked as the site of a national science of learning center devoted to researching visual language and learning.... undefined

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UMassOnline To Expand Blended Programs

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The University of Massachusetts' online education center, UMassOnline, will expand its blended programs with the help of a new grant it received from the Sloan Foundation and the University of Massachusetts' five physical campuses....

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Grants: LI-COR Biosciences Environmental Education Fund

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The deadline for the LI-COR Environmental Education Fund (LEEF) for the biosciences has been extended to Feb. 15.... undefined

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Grants: $1.6 Million in Robotics Grants Available for PA Campuses

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The Technology Collaborative (TTC), an economic development organization, says it will be offering $1.6 million in grants to university groups and business in Pennsylvania this year.... undefined

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