Bionic Eyes- Star Trek is here

“Mom, what are those funny sunglasses?” five-year Arnav asked with a look of amusement. It was the first time Arnav had seen the blind Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge in the movie Star Trek. “Son that is a VISOR, a special device that helps him see despite his blindness.” Then why doesn’t the blind uncle in the PCO booth use it? “This is not real son, it’s just a movie...”

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Memoirs of a Forgotten Swing

Aah, those golden days!

How I wish they would come back!

The days before cell phones, computers and video games had lured kids to lock themselves up in their rooms.

The days when kids would scream with delight as the wind caressed their hair while they swung up high.

The days when kids actually came out to play…

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How a World War Pilot helped Cataract Surgeries

It is the 14th day of August. The year is 1940. The world is embroiled in the Second World War. Gordon Cleaver, a pilot with Britain’s Royal Air Force is flying back to his base when a bullet smashes through the Perspex acrylic material of his aircraft’s cockpit side walls. Gordon is blinded in both his eyes immediately as the plastic shrapnel fly into his eyes. Amazingly, he somehow manages to turn his aircraft upside down and parachute himself to safety.

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Monsoon Eye Care

The sky is overcast with dark clouds. Lightning streaks across the sky. Clouds thunder threateningly. And this sends people helter skelter. People open out their umbrellas. Those who realise that they have forgotten theirs, try to make up their minds whether they should make a wild dash or hunt for a temporary roof. Mothers frantically try to get their kids into raincoats with the kids resisting with all his might. Some instinctively reach out to protect their prized possessions: laptops and mobiles.

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People with Higher IQs ‘See Differently’

How we see things is truly a reflection of who we are. We have always heard of how the half empty glass is reflection of our attitudes. Now, scientists claim that how we see could be a reflection of our intelligence levels as well. A recent study published in Current Biology journal analysed how people with higher IQs viewed the world differently.

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Seeing it Coming

It usually takes about one-tenth of a second for our brain to process what our eye sees. Fast isn’t it? But even at this rate, it means that there is a lag of about 100 milliseconds. How would 100 milliseconds make a difference? Well, consider a ball moving at 120 mph - it would have already reached 15 feet ahead by the time the brain has registered the ball’s location. How does the batsman’s brain see it coming? And why aren’t we constantly knocked down by cars or balls?

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Daddy Don't Cry!

It’s an idle Sunday afternoon. The Shah family have cozied up for their weekly movie time. After a heated argument, they all finally settle down on the movie – its seven-year-old Mitali’s choice this week: the Disney animated movie Bambi.

Just as Bambi’s mother gets shot by the hunters, Mitali squeals, “Daddy are you crying?”

Mrs. Shah turns to look at her husband and snickers, while Mr. Shah quickly wipes off his tear.

“Off course not”, Mr. Shah justifies, “It’s because I’ve got dry eyes.”

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Eye Care for Summer

Love it or Hate it. The summers are here. The sun blazes in the sky as we try our best to escape its wrath. Sun screen lotions flow out from bottles uninhibitedly. Cold drinks find their way into many a parched mouth. We do all that we can to keep our cool (literally!). But how much care do we take of our eyes?

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Eyes on The Ball

People crowding the electronics stores for a glance at the scores on the television sets

Minimal traffic on the roads during the last overs with palpable anxiety in the air

People asking random strangers ‘What’s the score’ on buses and trains

And giving you dirty looks lest you dare give them an ignorant blank stare!

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