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One of the lens recipients is examined by a specialist. The new type of artificial lenses endow patients with "super-vision", better than the best standard adult human vision.  (Source: Sky News)
The era of cybernetic superpeople appears to be finally taking off

From the popular PC game Deus Ex to movies like Robocop, a consistent theme in science fiction has been cyborgs, humans implanted with advanced technology to offer them superior abilities to traditional humans.  Such inventions haven't exactly taken off -- RFID implants are about as "cyborgish" as people have become of late.  However, a new medical procedure should re-excite those who dream of synthetic super-capabilities.

Doctors and medical researchers at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, a medical facility near Sussex in the UK, have completed the most advanced artificial lens implant to date and have endowed patients with vision better than the most able humans traditionally have.

The process to get "high definition" vision begins with the implantation of an artificial lens, using the standard procedure for cataracts.  Where as some lens implants are made of plastics PMMA or acrylic, the high tech lenses use special light-sensitive silicone.

Several days after the implant, doctors zap the lens with UV light, fine tuning it.  Over days, the lens is carefully tuned to overcome defects in the eye until patients have perfect vision.  A final blast of light fixes the lens in a final configuration.

The typical net result is that the recipients' vision significantly surpasses 20/20 sight, the best vision typically found in adults. 

Dr. Bobby Qureshi is the first ophthalmic surgeon in the UK to use the new lens and calls it "a hugely significant development".  Its not being used to give supervision to the masses quite yet, but rather is targeting patients with cataracts and long-sightedness, typically age-related conditions. 

Describes Dr. Qureshi, "We have the potential here to change patients' vision to how it was when they were young.  The change is so accurate that we can even make the lens bifocal or varifocal, so as well as giving them good vision at distance we can give them good vision for reading.  They won't need their glasses at all."

The patients are amazed at the results.  Gill Balfour, one of the first patients to receive the lens recalls how she used to have cataracts and other vision problems.  Now the world is a richer place for her.  She comments, "It's absolutely incredible. To think it's been tailor-made for you, matching any imperfections. It's the way forward, isn't it?"

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RE: sharingan
By Kurz on 12/4/2009 1:03:25 PM , Rating: 1
Anime is all about subtle differences.
For example there was a study with how Americans tend to focus on the overall picture then details, while japanese tend to notice the details first and then overall picture later.

Japanese people actually notice the difference between characters on screen. By facial expressions the artist puts into a specific character. I guess

The reason I love anime is because most shows begin then End. Just like book and plus I love the humor and satire. Though I guess you can call it an aquired taste.

Like everything you have to watch the easily accessable shows (Action violence) before you can appreciate the more complicated shows.

Anime isn't for everyone, I just perfer it to American shows. If you've seen actually quality shows you'd see what you said about US cartoons are actually crap in comprison.

RE: sharingan
By Davelo on 12/4/2009 1:23:41 PM , Rating: 4
Kiddies got side tracked into discussing cartoons instead of the topic

RE: sharingan
By therealnickdanger on 12/4/2009 1:54:17 PM , Rating: 2
What were we talking about? Climate change? Mick VS Asher? GM bailouts? NVIDIA VS AMD?

RE: sharingan
By Low Key on 12/4/2009 4:25:57 PM , Rating: 2
I think overall the cartoon discussion is more stimulating than those usually are...

RE: sharingan
By MrPoletski on 12/9/2009 5:09:49 AM , Rating: 2
Just coz you fancy Wilma Flintstone...

RE: sharingan
By Cullinaire on 12/4/2009 3:06:43 PM , Rating: 2
Come on guys, the obvious reason anime is superior to american cartoons is fanservice.
Don't dodge the facts.

RE: sharingan
By nitrus on 12/5/2009 3:53:52 AM , Rating: 2
anime better? i've seen enough overdrawn over violent anime in my lifetime. Pixar and Futurama for me. how about this? fast sword slice.....slow motion and dialogue....torso and appendage or head separate.....blood gush. i thought it was cool the first time i saw it 15 years ago. im all for violence, but anime is a two trick pony (violence and female domination). BTW James Cameron's AVATAR on a level Japanese avatar and anime will never reach in the next 30 years. JC's Avatar is what Final Fantasy should have been.

RE: sharingan
By Hieyeck on 12/7/2009 1:49:24 PM , Rating: 2
You need to watch more anime, like ones that aren't geared for 12 year old males (unless you are a 12 year old male). There's a vast variety of anime.

If anything, Pixar's the one trick pony:

Give cute, shallow character (there's only so much you can develop in a 2 hour movie) a hope in dreary life. Crush dream. Character goes balls out. Fairy-tale ending.

RE: sharingan
By invidious on 12/4/2009 3:23:52 PM , Rating: 2
The reason I love anime is because most shows begin then End.
Actually most anime's have painfully open-ended endings. But if you "love" anime then you probably don't understand why thats a bad thing.

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