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Is Ebola Hiding in the Eyes of Survivors?

Some West Africans who have beat the deadly disease are now going blind—and doctors, unsure if treatment would unleash the virus back into the population, are powerless to help them.<p>Exactly one year after the physician and Ebola survivor Ian Crozier woke from his coma, I met him at an immunology …

Court Orders Company to Make Website Accessible to the Blind

A California blind man has won a disabled-rights case against a Colorado-based luggage retailer accused of failing to make its commercial website accessible to the visually impaired. Lawyers for the plaintiff said the ruling broke new ground in an expanding litigation area. Edward Davis last year …

‘I’ve been told bacon smells lovely’ – life without a sense of smell

Spring is in the air and you can’t smell a thing: no flowers, no Sunday roast, no chocolate. What’s life like for anosmics?<p>It’s a bright, crisp morning and you walk to work through the park. Banks of creamy-gold narcissi are out and you can hear birdsong. The joggers seem to be running faster than …

Seeing eye phone: Giving independence to the blind

"This is the best time in history to be blind."<p>Luis Perez

'Paranormal Activity' VR seems like fun!

Blind Photography: The Heart of the Medium

As a child Bruce Hall never understood why people were so excited about seeing stars. When he looked up at the night sky, he saw mostly …

Why so many scientists are so ignorant

Science has enormous cachet and authority in our culture — for very understandable reasons! And that has led scientists (and non-scientists who claim …

Retinal implants: How in-the-eye wireless tech is giving blind people back their sight

Second Sight's retinal implants have restored some degree of vision to patients that were functionally blind. Now the company is looking to units …

A Blind Woman Has Regained Sight Following a Controversial Stem Cell Treatment

This is incredible.<p>Vanna Belton from Baltimore has been blind for more than five years, but after undergoing surgery where stem cells extracted from …

Dot, world's first smartwatch for the blind, unveiled at MWC 2016

As far as smartwatches go, we've seen a whole host of devices from both small and big manufacturers and all of them have one thing in common - you …

Algae DNA could help the blind see in upcoming trials

Scientists will inject gene-spliced viruses directly into patients eyes.<p>Optogenetics is one of the greatest achievements in gene splicing over the last decade, as it has helped researchers see how the brain works in animals by making neurons react to light. For the first time, however, the …

Blind Since Birth, This Man Draws Pictures of How He Thinks Things Look

Perspective is powerful in both art and life. The <i>Mona Lisa</i> would be a completely different painting if it captured the woman’s profile instead of her …

Stevie Wonder Reading the Envelope in Braille Might Be the Most Charming Grammys Moment

This year’s Grammys have already offered some noteworthy moments—from Taylor Swift’s very literal performance of “Out of the Woods,” to some unlikely …

Why a blind professor decided to forget his wife's face

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/entertainment/1226000/1226489_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534504666_77bb2a3b5de5db38a1c0bc3899547d79<p><b>An Australian man decided to make himself forget what the world looked like in order to come to terms with his blindness. His detailed</b> …

Dark Colors Are Conveyed Faster Than Light

<b>Luminance changes create ‘motion’ through activity waves in the brain.</b><p>“Did something move over there?” Everyone has experienced this situation. One …

The sweetest Valentine! Blind second grader crafts homemade braille cards

These may be the sweetest Valentines of all time!<p>A proud father posted a photo of his 8-year-old little girl's handmade cards to Reddit Thursday, along with a heart-warming caption.<p>"My daughter is blind and her grade 2 class is exchanging Valentines tomorrow," the user mack3r wrote. "She brailled …

Physicists Are Turning to Pancake Batter To Combat Loss of Vision

Creating the perfect pancake batter offers new insights into glaucoma.<p>Somewhere on University College London's campus there is a lab occupied by a number of engineers making breakfast. The only thing on the menu in this lab is pancakes, and many of the chefs have terminal degrees in fluid …

Crew Studies How Life in Space Affects Vision Amid Spacewalk Preps – Space Station

Three Expedition 46 astronauts continued more eye checks today to study how living in space affects vision. Their cosmonaut counterparts prepared for …

Why Are So Many Scientists Harassing Their Students?

There seems to have been a sudden scourge of prominent scientists embroiled in sexual harassment scandals lately. What gives?<p>A prominent scientist has stepped down from his position at a large research university after an investigation found he had been sexually harassing graduate students. Stop me …

Why I let a brain tumor go untouched for 10 years

By Carol Krucoff<p>Watching my little brain tumor grow slowly over the past 10 years has been an extraordinary exercise in courage, patience, gratitude and faith.<p>I learned about my tumor by accident in 2003 around my 50th birthday, when I’d had an MRI scan after collapsing from drinking too much water …

February 2016

A Blind Woman With Multiple Personalities Can See When She Is a Teenage Boy

Doctors believe she has over 10 personalities.<p>A 37-year old German woman who survived an accident 17 years ago, is slowly regaining her vision–sometimes. The woman, known as "BT" also suffers from dissociative identity disorder, and her doctors believe she has over 10 personalities. While being …

Blind soccer at the paralympics

Blindness-causing genetic defect corrected using CRISPR

Researchers used CRISPR to correct a blindness-causing genetic defect, the first time a defective gene has been successfully fixed in patient-derived …

Please, Don't Pray for Me

No one who really knows me thinks much about my deviance. I mean, being blind and having a few friends--genuinely great ones--I see just how little vision loss means to them. I'm the guy who can't see the baseball game and needs a radio. The one who's lucky and gets to take his dog everyplace. Not …

Anti-Media Mizzou Professor Charged Over Protest

Exceptional preservation of eye structure in arthropod visual predators from the Middle Jurassic

1.<p>Vannier, J., Garcia-Bellido, D. C., Hu, S.-X. & Chen, A.-L. Arthropod visual predators in the early pelagic ecosystem: evidence from the Burgess …

After Going Blind in One Eye, A Street Photographer Contends with Darkness

Until last year, when he lost all sight from his left eye, London-based photographer Walter Rothwell didn’t give much thought to his vision, though …