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Crazy Brain Implants Give Lab Rats a Sixth Sense and Let Them "Touch"…

It's not every day that science and crazy brain implants lead to the generation of what is essentially a new sense, but it is that day today. Scientists from Duke University have found a way to make rats "feel" invisible infrared light and someday that same tech could give sight to the blind, or give us humans extras… » 2/14/13 10:57am 2/14/13 10:57am

Touch Sight Camera Lets the Blind Take Pictures, Sort Of

When you're born blind, there are a few things you probably don't expect to do: become an airline pilot, use a camera and type on the iPhone, to name a few. Chueh Lee, a designer at Samsung in China wants to remedy that second one with his Touch Sight camera design, which instantly creates a Braille-like relief image… » 8/13/08 10:00pm 8/13/08 10:00pm

Russian Ravers Blinded By Best (and Last) Laser Show They'll Ever See

Another reason I'm glad I was never a rave kiddie whenever it was trendy in the US: Trippy lasers beamed into your eyes will blind you. A gaggle of Russian ravers at the July 5 Aquamarine Open Air Festival discovered this after tents erected to deflect heavy rains partially refracted lasers intended for skyward… » 7/14/08 12:40pm 7/14/08 12:40pm

Cats Getting "Bionic Eyes;" Humans Next

An experimental new blindness cure is currently being tested on our feline friends, with light-sensing chips being placed at the backs of their eyes to restore sight. Since cats have similar eyes to humans and can get retinitis pigmentosa, a disease that leads to blindness, just like us, they make a great stand-in for… » 1/23/07 11:25am 1/23/07 11:25am