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Cluster of cells found in each hypercolumn of the primary visual cortex (V1), which are, in most instances, colour-opponent but insensitive to orientation, shape or movement. They are about 0.2 mm in diameter and separated by an area about 0.5 mm wide called 'interblob'. The reason why these cells are called blobs is because they are easily revealed when stained with the enzyme cytochrome oxidase, as these cells derive energy from the oxidase metabolism, whereas the interblobs stain very lightly. See cortical column; hypercolumn.
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E[acute accent]Cosmic Blobs is the result of sustained efforts to share the power of 3D computer graphics with everyone, including children.
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Originally released for the PC in 2004, Cosmic Blobs gives children ages 7 to 14 endless options for sculpting, decorating, and animating 3D computer models called "Blobs.
It varies from ungainly blobs to elegant waveforms, from jagged fractals to impersonal datascapes.
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