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  • A Naked Eye Nova Erupts in Centaurus

    12/04/2013 7:25:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    universetoday.com ^ | December 4, 2013 | David Dickinson on
    If you live in the southern hemisphere, the southern sky constellation of Centaurus may look a little different to you tonight, as a bright nova has been identified in the region early this week. The initial discovery of Nova Centauri 2013 (Nova Cen 2013) was made by observer John Seach based out of Chatsworth Island in New South Wales Australia. The preliminary discovery magnitude for Nova Cen 2013 was magnitude +5.5, just above naked eye visibility from a good dark sky site. Estimates by observers over the past 24 hours place Nova Cen 2013 between magnitudes +4 and +5 “with...
  • ‘The Bluest Eye’ under fire as part of Common Core reading list, content includes incest, rape

    10/18/2013 10:36:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Global Dispatch ^ | 8/24/13 | Brandon Jones
    Common Core, the controversial set of education standards being instituted by many state governors and education leaders, is coming under fire for its selection of a book that’s on the suggested reading list for 11th graders. 'The Bluest Eye' ok for high school students? ‘The Bluest Eye’ ok for high school students? The book, a past selection of Oprah’s Book Club, has graphic sex scenes and descriptions that make many readers blush. The work in question comes from Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison who explains her motivation for the book. Morrison, says that she wanted the reader to feel as...
  • Scientists Put A Working Eyeball On A Tadpole's Tail

    03/01/2013 12:07:43 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 3/1/12 | Emily Elert
    It turns out we seriously underestimated the central nervous system. It's hard to say what's crazier: the fact that Tufts University researchers spent a year cutting out the tiny eyeballs of tadpole embryos and sticking them back on to the tadpoles' tails, or: the fact that, when they hatched, a few of the tadpoles COULD ACTUALLY SEE OUT OF THE EYES ON THEIR TAILS. As you know, this is not the way vision is supposed to work--your eyeballs are supposed to be connected to a big fat nerve that carries incoming signals back to your brain, which combines the information...
  • Florida's giant eyeball mystery solved

    10/15/2012 11:04:05 AM PDT · by ETL · 42 replies
    GrindTV.com ^ | October 15, 2012 | Pete Thomas
    The mystery surrounding an enormous eyeball that was discovered on a Florida beach last Wednesday, prompting many wild theories and educated guesses as to what kind of creature it had belonged to, has been solved. Scientists who examined the colossal blue orb say it most likely came from a swordfish.
  • Giant Eyeball the Size of a Softball Washes Ashore in Pompano Beach, Fla.

    10/12/2012 10:42:36 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    Sun Sentinel ^ | October 11, 2012 | David Fleshler,
    Huge eyeball turns up in Pompano Beach Taking his usual morning stroll along the surf in Pompano Beach, Gino Covacci noticed a strange ball-like object at the high tide line. He kicked it over and found himself staring at the biggest eyeball he had ever seen. The blue, softball-sized orb he found Wednesday was a departure from the shells, cigarette butts and seaweed he usually sees. He put it in a plastic bag and put that in the refrigerator. "It was very, very fresh," he said Thursday. "It was still bleeding when I put it in the plastic bag." He...
  • SECOND NEW EYE UNWRAPPED

    06/20/2012 9:23:42 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 61 replies
    self | June 20, 2012 | swampsniper
    Just back from the doctors office, got the wrapper off of my left eye. When everything settles down I'm gonna have close to 20/20 in both eyes!It's a different world and it sure is pretty!
  • The EU's architects never meant it to be a democracy ( Greece, Italy Taken Down)

    11/12/2011 3:26:42 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 15 replies
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | November 12 2011 | Christopher Booker
    The rise of a "technocracy" was always part of the plan for Europe. So, as headlines scream that vain bids to save the euro threaten us with “Armageddon”, the EU’s ruling elite has toppled two more elected prime ministers, to replace them with technocratic officials who can be trusted to do Brussels’s bidding. The new Greek prime minister, Lucas Papademos, was the man who, as head of Greece’s central bank, fiddled the figures to enable Greece to get into the euro (against the rules) in the first place – before being rewarded with a senior post in the European Central...
  • Is LASIK Eye Surgery Safe? FDA Scientist Regrets Saying 'Yes'

    02/12/2011 8:33:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 103 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 2/12/11 | Bonnie Goldstein
    In Washington, D.C., a culture that embraces regulatory oversight and rule-making and where bureaucracies are everywhere, no federal agency is more warren-like than the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the safety and efficacy of food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and medical devices. The health and well-being of every American depends on the FDA's rigorous collecting, sifting and interpreting of data to approve products ranging from those that cure nail fungus to devices that electronically zap the brain to relieve anxiety. FDA regulators are scientist bureaucrats who tirelessly navigate the tedious but essential world between reports and medicine in a poorly lit...
  • Eyes on the Prize: Suez Canal

    02/01/2011 9:58:11 AM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    american thinker ^ | 2/1/11 | Tony George
    I'm not an Egypt watcher, but it appears the Muslim Brotherhood is continuing plans to isolate the Arabian Peninsula. Iran's move to seal the western approaches didn't pan out thanks to both Bush '41 (Somalia operation) and Bush '43 (US, France, and initially Germany in Djibouti). The MB's real objective, in my opinion, is closing the Suez Canal. This, with Iranian control of the Strait of Hormuz, will effectively put our economy in bottom of the tank thanks to Obama's prior spending sprees. Our capability to militarily act is extremely limited, even if the administration had the will to do...
  • Babies refusing to make eye contact with President Obama

    08/12/2010 11:48:13 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    daily caller ^ | 8/12/10 | NY Magazine
    Conservatives despise him. Many liberals remain stubbornly unimpressed. Now, even babies — sweet, lovable, barely sentient babies — have turned on President Obama, the man with whom they once invested so much hope. Though he tries time and again to connect with these impressionable young citizens, it is all in vain, for his overtures are met only with cold shoulders. Tiny, cold shoulders.
  • Kenneth Watson Nearly Blinded As Maggot Eats His Eye

    08/03/2010 1:31:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies · 42+ views
    ABC ^ | 8-3-10 | Susan Donaldson James
    When Kenneth Watson was 16, he thought nothing of the gnat that flew into his eye: "I don't think you can afford to be afraid of bugs in the Bible Belt," he said. But two weeks later when the Hardy, Ark., teen was getting ready for school, he knew something was terribly wrong when he couldn't see. When he told his mother, she thought he was faking. "I had slept late and my mom thought I was skipping school," he said. "Sometimes I would come up with crazy stories, and she told me to get up and get ready." As...
  • Bad News, and Some Good

    08/04/2010 6:03:43 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 20 replies
    self | August 04, 2010 | swampsniper
    I've been noticing some long distance vision problems for several months. I had an exam today, cataracts in both eyes. The doc says new specs will keep me going for a while but plan on surgery within 2 years or so.The good news is that there are no signs of glaucoma, and my optic nerves and arteries look good.I've probably been missing a lot, when your eyes just gradually start having problems you don't always notice how bad they are.
  • New Comet a Stunner -- and Visible to Naked Eye

    06/10/2010 4:52:17 AM PDT · by Frenchtown Dan · 11 replies · 87+ views
    Space.com ^ | 06/09/2010 | Joe Rao
    A recently discovered comet is surprising skywatchers by becoming brighter than predictions had first suggested and can now be seen with the unaided eye during the next few weeks. Comet McNaught, officially catalogued as C/2009 R1, was discovered by Australian astronomer Robert McNaught last September using the using the 0.5-meter Uppsala Schmidt telescope and a CCD camera. It's the 51st comet that bears McNaught's name. Although initially an extremely faint object, enough observations of the newfound comet were made to allow Brian Marsden of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to calculate an orbit. Comet McNaught is expected to...
  • US Woman Loses Eye in Israeli Protest

    06/02/2010 11:31:28 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 187 replies · 4,063+ views
    Newser.com ^ | June 2, 2010 | AP
    An American woman lost her eye yesterday during a demonstration in Jerusalem against Israel's naval raid on a Gaza aid flotilla. Maryland college student Emily Henochowicz, 21, was hit in the face by a tear gas canister shot by an Israeli border policeman and underwent surgery in a local hospital, where she is now recuperating.
  • Vodka Eyeballing - Bizarre New Trend Requires 'Shot' of Booze into the Eye

    05/31/2010 3:54:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 863+ views
    National Ledger ^ | May 31, 2010 | Cyndi James
    What is vodka eyeballing? A new fad among some kids in Europe may be spreading to the US. In online videos it is dubbed vodka eyeballing and now the claim is that some American teens have tried the odd way to get a buzz. It is just as it sounds - supposedly it is a shot of vodka into the eye. This bizarre new "trend" has found a home on YouTube and some say they are concerned for US kids as the claim is that it will get you a buzz quicker than taking a shot of vodka by mouth....
  • Drinking' Neat Vodka Through Your EYE for a Quick Buzz?

    05/15/2010 3:23:36 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 35 replies · 1,801+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/15/2010 | Daily Mail
    Even as drunken student antics go, it was, by any stretch of the imagination, a disturbing scene. Surrounded by cheering rugby players, applauded by fellow members of the university netball team, 19-year-old Melissa Fontaine tipped back her head and giggled as fellow drinkers in the Students' Union bar pulled apart her eyelids and allowed them to pour a shot of vodka into her left eye. 'Vodka eyeballing', as it is known in student circles, is the latest drinking craze to sweep through Britain's universities. Those who do it claim that it induces feelings of drunkenness at break-neck speeds, providing...
  • New Scientist: The eye was evolution's great invention

    05/09/2010 4:25:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies · 2,094+ views
    The New Scientist ^ | 05/08/2010
    THE eye has long been an evolutionary battleground. Ever since William Paley came up with the watchmaker analogy in 1802 - that something as complex as a watch must have a maker - creationists have used it to make the "argument from design". Eyes are so intricate, they say, that it strains belief to suggest they evolved through the selection and accumulation of random mutations. Recently, evolutionary biologists have turned this argument on its head. They say that the "inside out" vertebrate retina - curiously structured so that its wiring obscures the light sensors and leaves us with a blind...
  • Vance pilots targeted by lasers

    05/01/2010 10:38:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 600+ views
    Enidnews.com ^ | 5/2/2010 | Jeff Mullin
    Learning to fly is hard, learning to fly a military aircraft is even harder. And learning to fly a military aircraft at night is hardest of all. Because of the fact many combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan are flown after dark, more emphasis has been placed in recent years on training military student pilots to fly at night. As a result, every three weeks the men and women earning their wings at Vance Air Force Base do their flying after the sun goes down. The next night flying week at Vance is scheduled to begin Monday. During a recent...
  • Unfortunate Incident at AC/DC’s Brisbane Concert

    03/04/2010 1:11:02 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 47 replies · 1,053+ views
    ny mag ^ | 3-1-10 | Amos Barshad
    A quadriplegic AC/DC fan was seriously hurt at the band’s Brisbane, Australia, concert when his friend accidentally activated the joystick on his wheelchair, causing him to lurch forward into the mosh pit and resulting in a metal pin the man uses to maneuver objects to become embedded in his eye. The man is in serious but stable condition, and the Brisbane venue is now investigating the incident. Read more: Unfortunate Incident at AC/DC’s Brisbane Concert -- Vulture http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/03/unfortunate_incident_at_acdcs.html#ixzz0hFDmshVK
  • Woman stabs man in the eye with her stiletto heel

    02/11/2010 7:14:34 AM PST · by jerry557 · 28 replies · 1,420+ views
    A BRITISH man remains critically ill today after being stabbed through the eye with a stiletto heel last weekend. Gavin Taylor, 28, suffered a severe head injury in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is believed he was in a taxi with a female passenger after a night out when the incident occurred, The Sun reports. Staci Hargreaves, 33, was charged Tuesday with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, an offence which carries a possible life sentence. It is alleged she used one of her needle-edged stiletto heeled shoes to stab Taylor in the face. The pointed...
  • Cat Eye

    01/23/2010 3:25:17 PM PST · by Revski · 2 replies · 364+ views
    o7jimmy video outreach ^ | 1/23/2010 | Revski
    Scenic and inspiring animation! Accompanied with a piano and organ instrumental, Coming Home!
  • Device may help the blind perceive images using their tongues

    12/14/2009 12:18:43 PM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies · 819+ views
    www.newsobserver.com ^ | 12/14/2009 | By BARBARA ANDERSON
    FRESNO, Calif. -- An experimental device that uses the tongue instead of the eyes to "see" could be on the market next year, and a blind Fresno, Calif., teen hopes to be among the first to take one home. Researchers say their BrainPort device does not replace the sense of sight, but lets the blind perceive images, making it easier for them to navigate their surroundings. One group they foresee benefiting: Troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who are blind because of brain injuries. BrainPort consists of a tiny digital camera mounted on sunglasses. The camera is attached by a...
  • Shrimp's eye points way to better DVDs

    10/25/2009 3:27:05 PM PDT · by decimon · 37 replies · 1,252+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 25, 2009 | Ben Hirschler
    LONDON (Reuters) – The amazing eyes of a giant shrimp living on Australia's Great Barrier Reef could hold the key to developing a new type of super high-quality DVD player, British scientists said on Sunday. Mantis shrimps, dubbed "thumb splitters" by divers because of their vicious claws, have the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom. They can see in 12 primary colors, four times as many as humans, and can also detect different kinds of light polarization -- the direction of oscillation in light waves.
  • What happened to Kathleen Sebelius's eye(Caption This Pic!)

    10/21/2009 12:45:21 PM PDT · by Vendome · 102 replies · 4,146+ views
    Considering the name of this blog, we took great concern with the left Eye of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, which appeared puffy on Wednesday while she testified to a Senate committee.
  • eye for an eye

    05/22/2009 2:14:15 PM PDT · by franksolich · 6 replies · 378+ views
    conservativecave ^ | May 22, 2009 | franksolich
    I went over to TxRadioGuy's hometown forum, to see an argument ongoing there, about how enemy combatants should be treated. And as usual, there's a primitive mucking up a passage ostensibly from the Bible, but which actually goes back much further than that (Christ was saying it as then-ancient history). This "eye for an eye" bit. I have no idea why that's considered a bad thing. Of course, it's considered a bad thing because it's always misinterpreted.
  • Calif. man accused of biting out son's eye

    05/21/2009 12:39:37 AM PDT · by Ultra Sonic 007 · 9 replies · 520+ views
    AP ^ | May 19, 2009
    <p>BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A 4-year-old California boy may be permanently blinded after police say his father bit out one of his eyes and mutilated the other.</p> <p>Bakersfield police say 34-year-old Angel Vidal Mendoza appeared to be under the influence of PCP when he attacked the boy April 28.</p>
  • Your Eye Works a Precision Jigsaw Puzzle

    04/07/2009 7:40:15 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 558+ views
    CEH ^ | April 7, 2009
    Your Eye Works a Precision Jigsaw PuzzleApril 7, 2009 — You have twin 125 megapixel video cameras in your eyeballs. Each pixel, a rod or cone connected to a neuron, sees only a small bit of the total image. How do these bits, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, fit together? Scientists at the Salk Institute have found that they are finely tuned to fit together for optimum clarity. Writing in PLoS Biology, they said...
  • Bionic eye gives blind man sight

    03/04/2009 6:54:15 AM PST · by Schnucki · 6 replies · 334+ views
    BBC News (U.K.) ^ | March 4, 2009
    A man who lost his sight 30 years ago says he can now see flashes of light after being fitted with a bionic eye. Ron, 73, had the experimental surgery seven months ago at London's Moorfield's eye hospital. He says he can now follow white lines on the road, and even sort socks, using the bionic eye, known as Argus II. It uses a camera and video processor mounted on sunglasses to send captured images wirelessly to a tiny receiver on the outside of the eye. In turn, the receiver passes on the data via a tiny cable to an...
  • Texas death row inmate pulls out eye, eats it

    01/10/2009 8:23:59 PM PST · by stevecmd · 81 replies · 1,396+ views
    The York Daily Record ^ | 1/9/09 | MICHAEL GRACZYK
    HOUSTON—A Texas death row inmate with a history of mental problems pulled out his only good eye and told authorities he ate it. Andre Thomas, 25, was arrested for the fatal stabbings of his estranged wife, their young son and her 13-month-old daughter in March 2004. Their hearts also had been ripped out. He was convicted and condemned for the infant's death.
  • Toddler's lucky escape after getting key lodged in eye

    11/25/2008 11:06:34 AM PST · by OL Hickory · 7 replies · 695+ views
    mirror.co.uk news ^ | today | mirror.co.uk
    An American toddler has had a miracle recovery after getting a key lodged in his eye.
  • MONDAY'S GREGALOGUE: A PLATEFUL OF HATE

    10/13/2008 3:32:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 863+ views
    The Daily Gut ^ | October 13, 2008 | Greg Gutfield
    Right now, in the press, "rage" is all the rage. At the New York Times, Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich - who may be the same person since they both wear dresses - have columns on the rising tide of anger in McCain's campaign. Dowd is calling the whole thing "seamy," and whenever someone brings up Bill Ayers, Rich sees a "violent escalation" in rhetoric. He links addressing real issues to an increased risk of Obama's assassination – meaning if you think voter fraud is important, you probably also want to kill black people. True, a few nutbags in the...
  • Eating Fish And Foods With Omega-3 Fatty Acids Linked To Lower Risk Of Age-related Eye Disease

    06/11/2008 2:49:44 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 160+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 6-11-2008 | JAMA and Archives Journals.
    Eating Fish And Foods With Omega-3 Fatty Acids Linked To Lower Risk Of Age-related Eye Disease"Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss among elderly people," they write as background information in the article. New treatments for AMD are potentially risky and treat only certain forms of the disease. "Thus, primary prevention of AMD by modifying risk factors (e.g., cigarette smoking) remains an important public health strategy." Elaine W-T. Chong, M.B.B.S., of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues conducted a systematic review of studies published before May 2007 evaluating the fish consumption and overall omega-3...
  • Up in the Sky, An Unblinking Eye

    06/01/2008 6:28:10 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies · 174+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | 6/9/08 | John Barry and Evan Thomas
    The hundreds of drones cruising over Iraq and Afghanistan have changed war forever."The whole art of war consists of getting at what is on the other side of the hill," said the Duke of Wellington, conqueror of Napoleon at Waterloo. In the murky kind of fight that marks modern warfare against terrorists and guerrillas, knowing what's on the other side of the hill—or inside a building—takes on a whole new urgency and meaning. Lt. Col. Scott Williams, who leads a unit of Apache helicopters in Baghdad, is in the business of "servicing" targets, by which he means anything from blowing...
  • China Requires Close Eye as It Expands Influence, Capability

    03/12/2008 5:18:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 113+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 12, 2008 – The top U.S. general in the Pacific told Congress yesterday that he’s working to strengthen the U.S.-Sino relationship, but he emphasized the need to keep a close eye on China as it strives to expand its influence in the region. Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating told the Senate Armed Services Committee he sees headway in breaking down longstanding divisions between the two countries, but remains troubled by China’s lack of transparency about its military programs. The Defense Department released its 2008 China Military Power Report earlier this month, noting that China spent more than...
  • Researchers Develop Bionic Contact Lens

    01/18/2008 4:13:50 PM PST · by Squidpup · 8 replies · 117+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 18, 2008 | Clara Moskowitz
    If you've ever wanted to be the Bionic Woman or a Terminator, new research may at least let you see with their eyes. Scientists have taken the first step toward creating digital contact lenses that can zoom in on distant objects and display useful facts. For the first time, engineers have installed an electronic circuit and lights on a regular contact lens. The prototype they created does not actually light up or display information. But it proves that it is possible to build an electronic lens that is safe to wear and doesn't obstruct vision. "Looking through a completed lens,...
  • Researchers find signal that switches on eye development -- could lead to 'eye in a dish'

    10/25/2007 7:36:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 42 replies · 70+ views
    www.physorg.com ^ | 10/25/2007 | Staff
    Researchers at the University of Warwick have uncovered a crucial signal that switches on eye development. This discovery will greatly assist researchers looking at stem cells connected to eye development and opens up an avenue of research that could eventually lead to an “eye in a dish”. The University of Warwick research team led by Professor Nick Dale and Professor Elizabeth Jones from the University of Warwick’s Biological Sciences Department have published their work today, 25th October 2007, in Nature in a paper entitled Purine-mediated signaling triggers eye development. The researchers were exploring whether release of ATP (an important signaling...
  • Vanity-Any veterinarians here?

    06/20/2007 6:19:23 PM PDT · by aft_lizard · 89 replies · 2,298+ views
    20-June-07 | me
    I just found one my dogs hanging from a fence. It's still alive but one of it's eyes is now protruding out of it's socket. I tried to push it back in a little but I got scared and I don't want to damage it. Is this something that will go away on its own? Or am I being to scared and can push it in on my own? I can't really afford a vet right now, but will if need be.
  • No Single Gene For Eye Color, Researchers Prove

    02/25/2007 4:34:29 PM PST · by blam · 54 replies · 1,315+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-25-2007 | University Of Queensland
    University of Queensland Date: February 25, 2007 No Single Gene For Eye Color, Researchers Prove Science Daily — A study by researchers from The University of Queensland's Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research is the first to prove conclusively that there is no single gene for eye colour. Says Dr. Rick Sturm, the IMB researcher who led the study: "... the model of eye colour inheritance using a single gene is insufficient to explain the range of eye colours that appear in humans. We believe instead that there are two major genes -- one...
  • Trials for 'bionic' eye implants

    02/16/2007 4:41:50 PM PST · by PlanoMike · 4 replies · 386+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 16 February 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years. US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients. The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye. Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement. "What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise blind...
  • Daughter sold to pay for eye op

    02/16/2007 3:28:10 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 803+ views
    News24 ^ | 16/02/2007 | Rueters
    Karachi - A Pakistani man sold his 10-year-old daughter for $500 to pay for his eye operation, a police official in the southern province of Sindh said on Friday. The father Noor Mohammad had agreed to hand his daughter over to a fellow villager, Gul Mohammad Kalohi, once she reached puberty, according to Abdul Hadi, district police officer for Badin, about 250km east of Karachi. "It is a shameful incident and has taken place," said Hadi. "We were informed about this incident from a complaint made by a relative of the father." Police have completed their investigation of the case,...
  • 'Bionic' eye implants look ahead

    02/16/2007 3:23:11 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 48 replies · 2,913+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years. US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients. The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye. Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement. "What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise...
  • Silicon retina mimics biology for a clearer view

    10/23/2006 5:51:25 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 12 replies · 572+ views
    NewScientistTech ^ | 20 October 2006 | Tom Simonite
    A silicon chip that faithfully mimics the neural circuitry of a real retina could lead to better bionic eyes for those with vision loss, researchers claim. About 700,000 people in the developed world are diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration each year, and 1.5 million people worldwide suffer from a disease called retinitis pigmentosa. In both of these diseases, retinal cells, which convert light into nerve impulses at the back of the eye, gradually die. Most artificial retinas connect an external camera to an implant behind the eye via a computer (see 'Bionic' eye may help reverse blindness). The new silicon...
  • Police Eye Money Trail In Airliner Plot

    08/11/2006 5:36:22 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 605+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-12-2006 | Jennifer Quinn - Paul Haven
    Police Eye Money Trail in Airliner Plot Saturday August 12, 2006 12:46 AM By JENNIFER QUINN and PAUL HAVEN Associated Press Writers LONDON (AP) - Investigators on three continents worked to fill in the full, frightening picture Friday of a plot to blow U.S. jetliners out of the Atlantic skies, tracking the money trail and seizing more alleged conspirators in the teeming towns of eastern Pakistan. One arrested there, a Briton named Rashid Rauf, is believed to have been the operational planner and to have connections with al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Pakistani and U.S. officials said. British and Pakistani authorities have...
  • Shape-shifting lens mimics human eye

    08/04/2006 5:15:00 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 3 replies · 406+ views
    New Scientist Tech ^ | 02 August 2006 | Tom Simonite
    SOMETIMES all it takes is a quick hug, and everything looks different. Now a shape-shifting lens has been developed that alters its focal length when squeezed by an artificial muscle, rather like the lens in a human eye. The muscle, a ring of polymer gel, expands and contracts in response to environmental changes, eliminating the need for electronics to power or control the devices. "The lenses harness the energy around them to control themselves," says lead researcher Hongrui Jiang at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US, where the device has been developed (Nature, vol 442, p 551). "This would be useful...
  • With Injuries Up, Feds Eye Fireworks Laws

    07/03/2006 11:59:22 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 78 replies · 1,241+ views
    http://www.comcast.net ^ | 7 4 06 | MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN
    WASHINGTON - On the eve of the nation's noisiest holiday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission responded to growing fireworks injuries by quietly reopening the question of how it should police explosives for backyard entertainment. Without a public meeting, the three commissioners voted unanimously by ballot late Friday to begin a study of whether to tighten their regulation of fireworks, commission spokesman Scott Wolfson announced Monday. Their notice seeking public comment will appear soon in the Federal Register. The notice cited a disturbing increase in injuries and a decrease in compliance with safety regulations as reasons for the first major review...
  • What Birds See [evolution of the eye]

    07/03/2006 10:05:56 AM PDT · by doc30 · 363 replies · 4,956+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 2006 | Timothy H. Goldsmith
    We humans customarily assume that our visual system sits atop a pinnacle of evolutionary success. It enables us to appreciate space in three dimensions, to detect objects from a distance and to move about safely. We are exquisitely able to recognize other individuals and to read their emotions from mere glimpses of their faces. In fact, we are such visual animals that we have difficulty imagining the sensory worlds of creatures whose capacities extend to other realms--a night-hunting bat, for example, that finds small insects by listening to the echoes of its own high-pitched call. Our knowledge of color vision...
  • Eye protection saves Soldier

    06/05/2006 4:14:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 569+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Steve Petibone
    MOSUL, Iraq (Army News Service, June 5, 2006) – The use of eye protection became a matter of life or death for 1st Lt. Anthony Aguilar while on a routine combat patrol last February. As his company moved through Mosul, an unusually large improvised explosive device detonated and shot a bomb fragment into Aguilar’s glasses. “The force of the blast was so powerful that it knocked me back into the Stryker vehicle,” said Aguilar, platoon leader, Company C, Task Force 2-1, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. “When I picked the glasses up and put them back on, I could feel...
  • Defense Planners Eye Unified Medical Command Concept

    05/22/2006 5:59:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 269+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 22, 2006 – Defense Department officials are weighing the potential benefits of merging the three military medical commands into one, unified command that would oversee all military health care as well as the training of military medical professionals. The concept, if adopted, would bring together the Army, Air Force and Navy medical commands, enabling DoD to provide better care while keeping costs in check, Dr. David Tornberg, deputy assistant secretary of defense for clinical and program policy, told American Forces Press Service. The DoD medical community is generally supportive of such a realignment, which Tornberg said would ensure...
  • Doctors remove 11cm worm from woman's eye

    02/17/2006 5:48:05 PM PST · by Serb5150 · 42 replies · 5,431+ views
    Doctors at a clinic in Kragujevac, central Serbia, have removed an 11 centimetre-long intestinal worm from a woman's eye socket. According to preliminary results, the worm taken from the 37-year-old patient's eye belongs to the Ascaris family, a common intestinal parasite in pigs that is also found in humans. No similar case has ever been recorded in Serbia and probably in Europe, Radomir Stojicevic, a doctor at the Kragujevac clinic, told the Tanjug news agency. The parasite had probably travelled through the patient's blood from the digestive tract into the eye socket, doctors at the clinic believe.
  • Security Marines keep watchful eye

    01/24/2006 4:42:30 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 175+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Jan 24, 2006 | Lance Cpl. Joel Abshier
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Jan. 24, 2006) -- A Marine moves swiftly from the CH-46E helicopter’s drop door as he continually scans the surrounding area for potential danger. His job is to protect the commanding general in his charge if a situation requiring immediate aid should arise. This Marine is with the Personal Security Detachment, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), providing continual protection for the commanding general and staff day in and day out. “My training has prepared me well on several occasions,” said Sgt. Eddie T. Hedgepeth, a PSD Marine with 2nd MLG (Fwd), who was formerly a shoulder-launched multipurpose...