Science: In a Pig's Eye

Photographer Ralph P. Creer of Chicago, who specializes in medical pictures, had often heard that human and animal eyes are natural cameras. But he had never seen any pictures taken with them. Creer got a collection of pig, sheep and beef eyes from Chicago's stockyards and set to work.

First he tried to put photographic film into an eye near the center of the retina, the point where the lens brings the image naturally to a focus. This did not work; eye fluids ruined the film. So he cut a small hole in the rear of the eyeball and placed in it...

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