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Blind People Really Do Have More Sensitive Hearing, MRI Study Finds

A new study out Monday suggests that losing your sight early in life can lead to subtle alterations in the brain circuitry primarily responsible for hearing Read More >>

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Apple and Microsoft Help Create New Standard for Braille Displays

Today, many people who are blind or have low vision must cobble together different hardware and software just to use computers. But a new standard backed by some of the biggest names in tech should mean that braille device users won't have to search for custom software for different operating systems and screen readers. Read More >>

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Doctors Perform Breakthrough Gene Therapy on 13-Year-Old Boy

Last week, a 13-year-old boy from New Jersey, US was at the centre of medical history as he became the first person in the US to receive an FDA-approved gene therapy for an inherited disease. The event marks the beginning of a new era of medicine, one in which devastating genetic conditions that we are born with can be simply edited out of our DNA with the help of modern biomedical technologies. Read More >>

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UK Doctors Used Stem Cells to Restore Eyesight in Two People With Macular Degeneration

British doctors have taken a huge step towards curing a common form of age-related chronic eye condition. Read More >>

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Blind BBC Reporter Shows Off Digby, His Guide Horse

BBC journalist Mohammed Salim Patel, known to people in the north west as a face on its regional news output, has a quite amazing new friend. It's Digby, the guide horse. Read More >>

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The Brains of Blind People Really Are Wired to Enhance Other Senses

It’s often said that the loss of one sense improves the others. New research shows the dramatic extent to which this is true in blind people, and how their brains make new connections to boost hearing, smell, touch — and even cognitive functions such as memory and language. Read More >>

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This Blind Skateboarder Uses His Cane to Do Awesome Tricks

Dan Mancia’s vision started to fade when he was thirteen. Now, he only has a very small amount of peripheral vision in his right eye. But that hasn’t stopped Mancia from pulling off sick skateboarding tricks. Read More >>

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Two Women Go ‘Blind’ After Checking Their Phones in Bed

Two poor souls suffered through MRIs, heart scans, and other medical tests to figure out what was causing them to go blind for up to 15 minutes at a time. After discovering that checking their phones in bed was to blame, one woman still couldn’t stop. Such is the power of technology. Read More >>

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The Blind Leading the Blind

I thought I had a pretty good idea of what it would be like to lose my eyesight. Read More >>

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NASA is 3D Printing Hubble Images So Blind People Can See Outer Space

What does space feel like? I'm not talking about space itself—but rather the images we see in a telescope. Could you render those spectacular images into something that a blind person could experience? That's exactly what a pair of astronomers are trying to figure out. Read More >>

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Which Lab Alcohols Can You Safely Consume Without Going Blind?

Ever found yourself eyeing stock lab alcohols and wondering if any of them would be good for a quick buzz without, you know, potentially killing you? Josh Velson, a chemical engineering consultant who works with bio and petrochemicals, has your answer. Read More >>

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Crazy Brain Implants Give Cyborg Lab Rats a Sixth Sense and Lets Them “Touch” Light

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 senses for fun. Read More >>

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Blind Mice Can See Again—and Maybe Blind Humans, Too

Some mice that once were blind can now see, thanks to a breakthrough from researchers at UC Berkley. And humans might not be far behind. Read More >>