Main characters[ edit ] James Mackintosh Qwilleran[ edit ] Qwilleran, or Qwill as his friends call him, is the main human character in the books. He was born Merlin James Qwilleran, a fact explained by his mother in a letter to Francesca Klingenschoen as a product of reading King Arthur during her pregnancy. His father, Dana, was a talented theater actor who toured the country.
Something you can call upon when you need it, to hand you extra information about the world? We are all familiar with color and brightness, but there is a third property of light: Polarized Light Imagine a jump rope is a light wave traveling through space. If you move the rope from side to side, the wave you make is horizontally polarized.
But if you shake it up and down you create a vertically polarized wave. Generally, light is a mixture of polarizations, but sometimes — for example in parts of the sky, on your computer Money sixth sense and in reflections from water or glass — a large percentage of the waves are oscillating in the same orientation.
This light is described as being strongly polarized. You will probably have come across technology that is built around polarized light before. This is possible because light reflected into our eyes from horizontal surfaces is horizontally polarized and the sunglasses have a structure like a picket fence, so they only let in vertically polarized oscillations, blocking out the horizontally polarized bright reflections.
Polarized light is at the heart of modern 3-D cinema and LCD computer screens, smart phones and tablets. You may also see a bluish bow-tie at right angles to the yellow one.
This is one of the reasons that few people notice them day-to-day, and why they have previously been fairly difficult to study.
Our results show that your cornea can dramatically affect how you perceive polarized light. Tilt your head from side to side and faint yellow and blue bow-ties, slightly larger than your thumb, should become visible.
With practice, you can then see them in the blue parts of the sky at 90 degrees from the sun, particularly at sunrise and sunset.
Skylight polarization patterns, caused by light scattering in the atmosphere, are such that the long axis of the yellow bow-tie will point approximately towards the sun. Cuttlefish see polarized light very well.
Blue light which is oscillating parallel to these pigment molecules is strongly absorbed. White light, which is depleted in blue, appears yellow, which explains the yellow bow-tie effect.
The blue parts of the brushes are thought to be generated by the brain in response to the unexpected presence of yellow. Might it be possible to use our polarization powers for good? The risk of acquiring age-related macular degeneration has previously been associated with low carotenoid pigment density in the macula.
AMD is currently the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, and finding an early stage diagnostic indicator of it before any actual sight loss is incurred is a research priority. It is our hope that polarization sensitivity could be used to investigate and ultimately monitor any changes in the organization of the pigments happening in the early stages of this degenerative eye condition.
More work is needed to assess the medical potential of these kinds of tests. By taking the polaroid layer off an old LCD screen you can make your own simplified version of our test; black and white letters turn into contrasting polarization angles once the polarizing film is removed.
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"The Sixth Sense" isn't a thriller in the modern sense, but more of a ghost story of the sort that flourished years ago, when ordinary people glimpsed hidden dimensions. It has long been believed that children are better than adults at seeing ghosts; the barriers of skepticism and disbelief are not.
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