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    I have to wander off for a couple days to Denver and NY for some nanobusiness.

    The moon reminds me of navigation... and one of my favorite stories, probably apocryphal, about the scientists who were interested in the question of why the moth spirals into the candle flame.

    Part 1 THE MIND:
    The neurologists mapped the entire visual pathway. Navigating by the moon, the flapping wings would occlude the light hitting the eye with each flap. Based on differential flashes driven by the cadence of the wings and angle relative to the light source, the moth would involuntarily turn toward the light to balance the input to each eye. Moths evolved without flames or light bulbs to confuse them (The moon is far away and served as a fixed beacon at night; the candle flame was bright but nearby - creating a death spiral). For some reason, they studied female moths.

    They thought they had the answer in studying the female moths. Every moth had the same pathway. Then someone looked at a male moth, and the eye-wing linkage was missing. That visual pathway was missing altogether. All moths exhibit the same behavior, so the neurologists looked for a similar pattern to explain the phenomenon.

    And then it hit them. The male moths had a simpler involuntary algorithm: follow the female moth.

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    1. kajo55 ages ago | reply

      Super moon shot!

      Seen in Top 20 Moon Shots

    2. c-a-vu ages ago | reply

      Excellent shot, and an interesting dialog. Humans seem to be much the same except the females are attracted by shoe shops....

    3. Tumbleweed Photography~Carol~ ages ago | reply

      awesome shot....stunning,

      seen im "A" class group

    4. gustaf wallen ages ago | reply

      This is perfect moon shot! We only need moon walk.

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    5. SarahRydgren ages ago | reply

      I like this story

    6. ComputerHotline ages ago | reply

      This photo should be used in class, at school !

      Please add your photo to Photos pour l'école / Photos for school
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      group rules first.

    7. ComputerHotline ages ago | reply

      Thanks for licensing this image as CC "by" !
      Your photo is uploaded here :
      under the terms of the Creative Commons "by" license.

    8. virgipix 115 months ago | reply

      oh wow ! this is amazing !!

    9. biotron 109 months ago | reply

      absolutely priceless, thanks. the treasure trove of your photostream continues... :)

    10. shamarielkf 108 months ago | reply

      This image is indeed a Winner! It is the Icon of the Week at Winner's Circle - 5 Contests At All Times!

    11. Eddi van W. 105 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Creative Commons- Free Pictures, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. dragonflydreams88 102 months ago | reply

      . . .thanx for sharing!!!

    13. delta2864 98 months ago | reply

      nice moon

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      holy crap you got 6k ! views?
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    14. jurvetson 89 months ago | reply

      ooo-oooh that smell....

    15. Twarzynski 53 months ago | reply

      Luminous Luna she is a marvel. . .

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