Science: How to See in the Dark

In two darkened rooms in the basement of Yale's Institute of Human Relations, a Yale psychologist is working on a prime problem in wartime human relations: how to see at night. Last week tall, affable Professor Walter Richard Miles reported that he was beginning to get somewhere. He had developed a pair of goggles to help Navy lookouts and plane spotters. Fresh from a three-month study of blacked-out London's darkness, he also had some helpful hints for civilians on how to get along when the lights go out.

A longtime student of night vision, Professor Miles explained that the retina of the...

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