Scientists Reveal That Everyone With Blue Eyes Has THIS 1 Strange Thing In Common!

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I have always been fascinated with ancestory, anthropology and how genes combine to manifest our physical traits.  I knew that physical characteristics in different regions of the world have evolved due to adaptation to differing environments, but I must say that I was really shocked to find out about the origins of blue eye color.

Thousands of years of civilization and evolution account for most physical characteristics.  One characteristic that scientists were mystified by was when the appearance of blue eyes occurred in the evolutionary process.  In unlocking this mystery the researchers had to go back 128 generations!

As you will hear in the fascinating video you are about to watch below, up until 10,000 years ago all humans were brown-eyed.  A gene emerged, known as OCA2, that began to cause changes in the amount of pigment produced.

The most incredible finding is that every blue-eyed person on earth today, is a direct descendant from one single individual who lived somewhere in Europe, 10,000 years ago! A finding was made, after a Stone Age man who was well-preserved, was discovered in Spain.

Upon examination, a gene named HERC2 was revealed to be the specific cause of blue eyes.  Testing showed this gene to occur in African as well as Scandinavian populations; the mixture of these vastly different genetic mixtures is believed to have produced the first blue-eyed mutation.

All blue-eyed people who have ever existed, are descendants of this first blue-eyed man!

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THIS Mom Put Up a Pic Of Her Child On Social Media. Then Her Friend Noticed a Disturbing Reflection In The Baby’s Eye!

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As soon as you log on to social media, there is a good chance you are going to be bombarded with 100’s of pictures of your friends babies, toddlers, grandkids exc.. Parents from all around the world love taking beautiful family photos and sharing their happy lives with everyone online. For the most part, this is a great way for friends and family from far and wide to get updates on their loved ones but sometimes it can lead to more serious consequences.

In today’s featured story we will discuss a story about a mom named Madeline Robb who is from Stratford, England. Madeline has a job as a business analyst for a company back in 2007. In that same year she and her spouse Doug found out the amazing news that they would be having their first child. The couple was ecstatic and couldn’t wait to start their family. Madeline being an analyst by trade also loves to carry this over into other parts of her life by researching and ‘analyzing’ things she is interested in.

As soon as she found out the great news about being pregnant she joined an online pregnancy group chat app called befit where expecting moms can talk and discuss everything they are experiencing and going through while receiving support simultaneously. She quickly hit it off with another mom on the chat app named Megan as they bonded and built up an amazing bond and wonderful friendship. As it turns out the two expecting moms and best friends ending up giving birth on the same exact day!

Megan gave birth to her daughter Rowan and Madeline gave birth to her daughter Lilith. After they both gave birth to two healthy babies they continued their friendship and exchanged messages, photos and videos of their new families almost daily for the next year. Everything was going incredibly well for both moms and their families until one day everything changed…..

On this fateful day Megan posted an adorable picture of her daughter Rowan. On the surface it just seemed like a really cute photo but Madeline saw the photo and instantly became a bit concerned about a strange whitish blurry reflection in Rowan’s eye. Madeline vaguely recalled reading a story about a similar whitish blurry shadow in a child’s eye which turned out to be a rare form of cancer. As she tried to remember exactly what the story was she googled it and then her memory became crystal clear.

Before Madeline decided to alert Megan of her findings she wanted to be 100% sure about the hunch she had before sending Megan into a total mommy melt down. She went through tons of stories and articles just to clarify what she thought could possibly be going on and finally she decided to tell Megan that Rowan should immediately go see an eye doctor because there was a good chance the young child may have a rare form of eye cancer called Retinal Blastoma….

Watch the video below for the full story and to find out what happened to baby Rowan:

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Blind Guy Put a Cam On His Dog’s Harness. Then His Wife Watches What The Camera Caught In Horror!

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Many of us who have no eye problems take our vision for granted. While the blind will never get to see all the beautiful wonders of our incredible planet earth. The blind will never get to see all the amazing shades of the color spectrum, the beauty of nature, the tender face of a loved one, the beautiful wonders and architecture of the world, the silvery light of the moon and the twinkling of the stars.

Can you for a second imagine what your life would be like in complete darkness? Can you picture yourself navigating to work without the help of your vision? Life is already difficult when all your senses are in working order. I can’t even begin to fathom what a blind person experiences everyday of their life.

There are people who are born blind and learn from day one how to function and live in a world of darkness. Then there are others who had their sight and went blind either in childhood or adulthood leaving them in a dark void where they must figure out and re-learn how to function in a world that was once so vivid, colorful, full of life and vibrance.

This brings us to today’s story where we are featuring a blind man named Amit Patel who at the age of 32 went blind after being able to see for his entire life. He got a disease called Keratoconus which cause changes in the shape of the cornea in your eye and if it’s a bad enough case can leave you completely blind. This is what happened to Amit, luckily for him he had an angel of a wife named Seema who was there with him every step of the way giving him much needed care, love and support.

After Amit tragically went blind he got a special seeing-eye-dog named Kika who would be his main source of vision as he navigated around his new dark environment. Before Kika arrived, Amit was so scared to go out on his own and be an independent person. He was completely dependent on his beautiful wife Seema anytime he needed to go from one place to another.

At first his Amit and his new pup Kika were a bit awkward together stumbling around as they would slowly get used to each other. Then after a few weeks of practice and bonding they blossomed into best friends that could work together as one cohesive unit. Amit was ecstatic because now he was no longer timid and trapped alone in a dark corner. He could go out as he pleased just like any other human on earth.

This happiness began to fade a bit because he had noticed something strange and unexpected happening every time he was out with his seeing-eye-dog. He thought people would be kind, helpful and at the very least not mean.

However, he quickly realized the reality of being blind, as people would openly mock him as he walked by. He couldn’t believe it and neither could his wife so they decided to place a Go-Pro Camera on Kika so that others could visualize what a day in the life of a blind person was truly like.

The next day Amit and Kika went out into the world like any other day to do a little shopping and run a few errands. They were out for a few hours and when they returned Seema took the Camera off Kika and began watching the footage that had been captured. Seema was absolutely horrified and disgusted with what she saw on the video…..

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If You Keep Your Eyes On This Black Dot For Long Enough Prepare To Have Your Mind Blown!

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If you can’t believe your eyes, you may be looking at an optical illusion. That’s because optical illusions, by definition, are images or sights that strongly disagree with physical reality. When we suddenly realize that not all is as it appears to be, our brains light up and we pay extra attention to whatever it is that’s playing tricks on us.

Since it is our brains that interpret and make sense of all the incoming sights, we often love looking at optical illusions because they’re new challenges for us to take on and figure out. According to Aude Oliva, a cognitive research scientist at MIT, “Anything that is new and surprising is something we naturally like because it means that we may learn something from it.”

It’s no wonder so many of us enjoy illusions, and this one here is no exception! The video features a black and white image of Dunstanburgh Castle, a centuries old fort located on the sea coast of northern England. The directions that accompany the clip tell you exactly how to view the picture and all it requires is that you stare at the dot in the middle of the screen.

As the picture changes from black and white to color, and then back to black and white, your eyes will have a hard time keeping up with it. The cones in the retina of our eyes are responsible for color vision, but when you stare at the bright false color image that the picture switches to, they quickly become desensitized.

That’s why, when the black and white castle appears for the second time, it looks to be in full color. It is because our cones are still briefly sending color signals to our brain and need time to readjust to the new color scheme. After a few seconds they should have re-adjusted and you’re back to seeing the black and white castle.

Here’s a little background information about the interesting visual phenomenons we experience. When it comes to optical illusions, they are all about the eyes, brain, and perception. Specifically, the eyes visually perceive an image which the brain then processes as not fitting in line with or matching the stimulus source that it’s emanating from.

In other words, it’s when you look at something and end up seeing something else that’s completely different. You look at X but think you’re seeing Y. Generally speaking, there are many different types of illusions and optical ones, also known as visual illusions, happen to be the most well known sub-category. To experience one right now, check out the video.

It’s a fun way to fool your senses so have fun and enjoy!

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Does Your Eyes Ever Twitch? Doctors Say THIS Is What It Means!

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A twitchy eye can be extremely annoying and uncomfortable. You’ve likely experienced it many times before and it always seems to come out of nowhere. One minute everything is fine and normal and seconds later it feels like your eye is about to jump out of the socket.

The nerve or muscle or whatever the heck it may be is spasming and shaking all around, making you squint and worry about what is actually going on in there. If you have ever wondered what is causing your eye to twitch and whether or not you should be worried about it, here is the answer.

There are several different types of eye twitching and each one is considered a separate condition from the rest. They are all caused by different things and the most common type, that you have likely experienced, is called eyelid twitching or myokymia.

The Mayo Clinic describes it as “affect[ing] only the eyelid. It can involve either the upper or lower lid, but only one eye at a time. The eye twitching can range from barely noticeable to bothersome. The twitching usually goes away within a short time but may recur over a few hours, days or longer.”

The twitching is caused by tiny muscles and nerves located around your eye. Just like any other muscle that suddenly spasms out of control, the ones in your eye can as well. There is nothing serious about this type of twitch and it’s relatively normal.

A less common type of twitch you should be worried about is called a blepharospasm, which is when a twitching in both of your eyelids gradually increases and worsens. It gets to a point where the intensity and strain of the twitching becomes too much and may even lead to near or complete blindness. However, this is a very rare occurrence and if it ever happens to you, see a doctor immediately.

While doctors and scientists have yet to agree on what exactly causes our eyelids to twitch, they have narrowed down some of the main factors that contribute to it. In the accompanying video Dr. Matthew Palmer, O.D., from the Southwestern Eye Center explains the basics about eye twitching and reassures us all that it isn’t a major health issue or concern.

In fact, it’s the opposite and normal, many people experience it throughout their lifetime. Here are a few basic things you can to to cut down on the frequency and severity of when it happens to you:

1) Relax and De-stress- The less stressed you feel, the less likely you are to end up experiencing an eye twitch. Stress is believed to be one of the main causes of myokymia and it’s also an aggravating factor which will make your twitch stronger and thus worse.

2) Get a Full Night’s Sleep- A lack of good, quality sleep can wreak havoc on your body, especially your eyes. Having to focus and re-focus a countless amount of times each day is hard on your eye muscles and they get fatigued just like any other muscle in your body. Not getting enough sleep also adds further stress to our lives and bodies, so rest your eyes and try to get as much sleep as possible.

3) Caffeine- If you really have eye twitch problems, cut the caffeine out of your diet because it can trigger them. Caffeine also causes our bodies to release serotonin and noradrenaline, two chemicals that stimulate and excite our nerves, which an lead to more frequent and severe eye spasms.

These three factors all contribute to eyelid twitching, but there may be other potential causes. If you have an eye twitch issue that is extremely annoying, frequent, and bothersome, there are medications that can help with it. Botox has also been shown to be effective at managing and controlling the muscles around the eye and can help with twitching.

However, most of the time the spasms will go away on their own and are not so severe that they greatly impact our quality of life. Finally, there are no neurological problems associated with a twitchy eyelid, so don’t worry about experiencing them or freak out when they happen.

It’s a normal occurrence and should pass in a few seconds or minutes.

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Do You Have The Magic Eye? Can You See These Hidden Images?

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Do you remember how back in the mid-90s all of those Magic Eye books were a smash hit? In fact. the original three book series were so popular that they ended up topping the New York Times best seller list for weeks and weeks on end.

The awesome pictures featured on the glossy pages are called autostereograms. They’re the magic behind the illustrations because they are a special type of 2D image designed to contain 3D images hidden within them.

Autostereograms, the ones we are familiar with, were originally invented by Bela Julesz. He was a visual neuroscientist and psychologist who was trying to prove a theory he came up with, which was that depth perception occurred in the brain and not the eyes.

At the time, this was the common belief and so he set out to test people’s ability to see in 3D with images he created that were similar in type to the modern day Magic Eye version. It turned out that the visual illusion’s he developed proved his theory correct and years later they evolved into the Magic Eye images that we all know and love!

If you’re anything like me, then you likely have trouble spotting the hidden images in the pictures. This is due in part because of the need for us to adjust our eyes and change the way we normally perceive depth. If you are able to successfully do this, the hidden 3D image will appear out of the patterned image you’re staring at.

So how do you change your natural depth perception abilities? Good question and here is a breakdown of the instructions from the Magic Eye website on how to best view the images:

Start by looking at the center of the image extremely close up. The computer or page should practically be touching the tip of your nose.

Next, adjust your focus. It helps to try and look right through the picture, off into the distance.
Now slowly begin to steadily move the picture away from your eyes until the 3D image pops out at you.

If you’re still unable to see after trying all of the above, then you may have to move the image back towards you and closer to your face, or further away. Finally, you may also need to start all over so you can re-set your eyes and focus.

Also, when you’re able to see the hidden image allow your eyes to adjust a tad bit more. This will make it become clearer and much more defined. At that point you’ll be able to see more of the depth and details within it.

For those out there who are not be able to see anything, don’t worry! It’s hard to adjust your eyesight in order to be able to see past the 2D image. If you happen to be one of them, don’t give up! Keep trying and you should eventually be able to crack the brain/eye barrier that’s making you trip up.

Test out your Magic Eye abilities right now by working through the images below and see how skilled you are at perceiving the 3D images. Good luck and enjoy!

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