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Blind “Daredevil” Rats Given Superpowered Senses

Sightless rodents given an extra-sensory boost thanks to Japanese scientists.

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On April 10 Netflix will begin streaming Daredevil, their addition to the Marvel cinematic universe that’s already home to big screen heroes like Thor and Captain America. Lawyer-by-day/vigilante-hero-by night Matt Murdock, Daredevil’s titular protagonist, compensates for his chemically induced blindness with a superhuman sensory system, which not only boosts his remaining four senses, but also affords him a form of human echolocation; He can navigate his way through the world around him, “seeing” without his eyes.

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The App That Helps Blind People “See”

Be My Eyes hopes that by pairing volunteer readers with sight-impaired individuals, assistance is just a video chat away.

Danish non-profit Be My Eyes has launched an iOs app that connects the blind community with the sighted, allowing them to navigate the world with a little added help. Created by Hans Jørgen Wiberg, Be My Eyes uses the video function on iPhones to provide "eyes" for its over 4,000 visually impaired users.

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Made in the Dark: Scented Jewelry Gives Blind Indian Craftspeople New Work

Made in the Dark is a project that gives blind Indians a new chance at work, through jewelry designed by scent.

India has the largest population of blind people in the world—15 million people lack sight, in part because of malnutrition and disease, and in part because of lack of knowledge about the danger of looking at the sun. There's a stigma associated with blindness, and many blind Indians struggle to find work. Made in the Dark, a project designed by students from the Royal College of Art in London and the Indian National Institute of Design is an attempt to find a new solution.

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