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Your Next Heist Needs This Cash Carrying Bag That Blocks All Tracking Signals. Brain implant lets rats ‘see’ infrared light. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Aside from a few animals—like pythons and vampire bats—that can sense infrared light, the world of this particular electromagnetic radiation has been off-limits to most creatures.

Brain implant lets rats ‘see’ infrared light

But now, researchers have engineered rodents to see infrared light by implanting sensors in their visual cortex—a first ever feat announced here yesterday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Before they wired rats to see infrared light, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis and his postdoc Eric Thomson engineered them to feel it. In 2013, they surgically implanted a single infrared-detecting electrode into an area of the rat’s brain that processes touch called the somatosensory cortex.

The other end of the sensor, outside the rat’s head, surveyed the environment for infrared light. When it picked up infrared, the sensor sent electrical messages to the rats’ brains that seemed to give them a physical sensation. This Biohacker Used Eyedrops To Give Himself Temporary Night Vision. Goddamn that sounds like a great time!

This Biohacker Used Eyedrops To Give Himself Temporary Night Vision

My wife would rather stab aforementioned pipet into her eye than undertake a trip like this but man, i'd love to do that some day! Flagged To make it extra awesome, I jump on an off-road dirt bike (no lights) and go ride out on the hardpan during these stary nights. Away from the campfire, and out in the middle of the flats there is zero point of reference while you ride, just a lighter colored expanse below you with tiny gypsum crystals that reflect the starlight above. With the flats smooth and the motorcycle wheels spinning fast enough to stabilize the bike, you just bank and turn on this gigantic plane of nothingness. There is no sense of speed or direction, just the stars spinning above you.

If you don't lead tours out there, it's a damn shame! So when you travel out that far, with the light pollution so low, does the sky look almost fake? How You Can Track Every Spy Satellite In Orbit. Last Chance To Get 25% Off Sensordrone. Meet the Teams Who Are Building the World's First Medical Tricorder. Totally awesome.

Meet the Teams Who Are Building the World's First Medical Tricorder

I wonder if there was no Star Trek if the idea of a portable medical scanner would ever have been conceived? Or even the semi-portable devices that are used today in hospitals... I'm hoping one of the doctors who comment on I09 will comment on this article. What interests me is how often I keep coming across these stories of odor being associated with specific maladies. For example, I've heard how vets will inhale a pet's breath to start tracking down kidney problems or to clue in on anything being out of whack. This is absolutely coming. This new US Army helmet is awesome. I'm sure this will never see the light of day as the downvote-hammer destroys it, but...

This new US Army helmet is awesome

*ahem* Remember Star-Wars? Remember all the helmeted, replaceable, faceless, inhuman goons? Remember their armor and their firepower and their soullessness? Remember how our unarmored, unshaven rebels defeated them? In battle-arenas where we're fighting for hearts and minds, this shit is a terrible idea. This Mask Gives You Superhuman Abilities.

Fans of Iron Man, take notice: A group of students at the Royal College of Art in London have created two masks that can give you superhuman sight and hearing.

This Mask Gives You Superhuman Abilities

The first prototype covers the wearer's ears, mouth and nose and uses a directional microphone to give him the ability to hear an isolated sound in a noisy environment. For example, you could target a person in a crowd and clearly hear his words without the surrounding noise. The other prototype is worn over one's eyes. A camera captures video and sends it to a computer, which can apply a set of effects to it in real-time and send it back to the wearer. One can, for example, use it to see movement patterns, similar to the effects of long-exposure photography. The team behind project Eidos — Tim Bouckley, Millie Clive-Smith, Mi Eun Kim and Yuta Sugawara — see many possible applications of this technology. Turn Your Mobile Into a Scientific Tricorder with These Real-Life Apps.

New Glasses Help Colorblind To See Normally. With a new pair of stylish shades, people with colorblindness are beginning to see the world just as the rest of us do.

New Glasses Help Colorblind To See Normally

The corrective glasses were actually created as tools to detect blood oxygenation and flow beneath the surface of the skin. But then colorblind people started trying them on, and they began to see the world in a whole new way. The glasses were created by 2AI Labs, a company co-founded by evolutionary biologist Mark Changizi when he left Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute in New York. At 2AI, Changizi continues to conduct research, investigating how the brain processes visual information and searching for the answers to questions such as why we see color and what sort of tricks occur in the brain to create optical illusions. Last summer the Boise, Idaho-based company developed three pairs of glasses called O2Amps. There are some drawbacks to the glasses, however.