Honda’s Ecological Drive Assist System

Honda’s Ecological Drive Assist System 

Honda is turning its 2009 Insight hybrid cars into acceleration nannies. This new Ecological Drive Assist System (EDAS) features a chameleon-like speedometer, turning blue if you’re driving too rambunctiously. It’s all in the name of saving the planet, encouraging drivers to ease off the throttle with an easily-seen color code.

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Researchers Regrow Cells OF The Inner Retina

Researchers Regrow Cells OF The Inner Retina 

Cells in the retina of mice can be coaxed to create new neurons following an injury, according to new research from the University of Washington. This is the most definitive demonstration to date that such regeneration is possible, given the right cues, for a specific type of neuron in the inner retina of a mammal.

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Nike’s Hindsight Cyclist’s Glasses

Nike’s Hindsight Cyclist’s Glasses 

 Nike Hindsight Glasses designed for cyclists

The Nike Hindsight cyclist’s glasses from designer Billy May (we loved his Torn lights before) are designed to do one simple thing: stop cyclists from getting hurt on the roads. At the extended side of each lens is a carefully arranged high-power Fresnel lens that captures the view to the sides of the wearer’s head, and sends it into the peripheral vision.

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Improved Retinal Implant Stimulates Neurons To Restore Sight

Improved Retinal Implant Stimulates Neurons To Restore Sight 
A new retinal implant sits mostly outside the eye. 

For many blind or partially sighted people, implants that stimulate healthy nerve cells connected to their retinas could help restore some normal vision. Researchers have been working on such implants since the 1980s but with only limited success. A major hurdle is making an implant that can stay in the eye for years without declining in performance or causing inflammation.

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StarCAVE: Virtual Environment

StarCAVE: Virtual Environment 

UC at San Diego has the closest thing to an X-Men-style Danger Room in its new StarCAVE, a small room that entirely surrounds you, hurtling 68 million pixels at your eyeballs at near-perfect resolution. Pop on polarized glasses and the whole thing goes 3D. Grasping a wireless “wand,” you can walk through tall buildings, fly over cities, pick apart tiny cell structures or embrace entire galaxies. All the while pretending to do actual academic research, of course. Here’s how to build your own for under $1 million:

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Chamomile Tea Could Help Prevent Complications Of Diabetes

Chamomile Tea Could Help Prevent Complcations Of Diabetes

Drinking chamomile tea daily with meals may help prevent the complications of diabetes, which include loss of vision, nerve damage, and kidney damage, researchers in Japan and the United Kingdom are reporting.

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Sheikh Mohammed’s Plan to Cure One Million Blind People

Sheikh Mohammed’s Plan to Cure One Million Blind People

Dubai will open its pocketbooks to help blind people around the world

Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed launched a new Ramadan initiative, under the name “Noor Dubai”, aiming to help the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) in achieving their goals outlined in “VISION 2020: the Right to Sight”. Noor Dubai will treat one million people suffering from curable blindness and visual impairment in developing countries.

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Smoother Steering When Driver’s Fix Gaze On Specific Targets

Smoother Steering When Driver’s Fix Gaze On Specific Targets 

 This video frame shows the blue target bar positioned on the tangent point — the point at which the edge line on a road seems to begin changing direction — as the road curves to the left.

A study recently published in ARVO’s online Journal of Vision may inform the next generation of in-car driving assistance systems. New research finds that when drivers fix their gaze on specific targets placed strategically along a curve, their steering is smoother and more stable than it is in normal conditions.

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