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In a complete WTF scenario, a group of biohackers and researchers who go by the name Science for the Masses has given one of their team, the valiant Gabriel Licina, night vision—and there’s not a pair of goggles in sight (pun fully intended).

The superhero-style vision was done by injecting Licina with something called Chlorin e6 (or Ce6), which can be found in deep-sea, Midnight Zone dwelling fish. They injected it using what Science.Mic unsettlingly describe as “what’s basically a really fine turkey baster” which they used to drip microliters of Ce6 into Licina’s eyes.

After injecting it into the conjunctival sac so it could be transported to the retina, Licina experienced a “quick, greenish-black blur across my vision, and then it dissolved into my eyes.” To protect his eyes he had to wear protective lens (which is why his eyes appear black) and eventually sunglasses too as his sensitivity to light increased.

The results definitely give the whole affair a feeling of something you might see in the new X-Men: Apocalypse film, it’s totally creepy–But does it actually work?

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After around an hour the chemical had taken full effect and they went out into the dark to do some controlled tests. Here’s what they wrote in their published report:

The Ce6 solution has been shown to work in as little as one hour, with the effects lasting for “many hours” afterwards. After 2 hours of adjustment, the subject and 4 controls were taken to a darkened area and subjected to testing. Three forms of subjective testing were performed. These consisted of symbol recognition by distance, symbol recognition on varying background colors at a static distance, and the ability to identify moving subjects in a varied background at varied distances. Symbol recognition consisted of placing a collection of objects with markings on them (numbers, letters, shapes). Subjects were then asked to identify the markings, each viewing the objects from the same location at a distance of 10 meters. The markings were not made prior to the moment of testing.

For subject recognition, individuals went moved in a small grove of trees. They were allowed to chose their own location independently. Distances ranged from 25 to 50 meters from observation point and trees and brush were used for “blending”. Locations were chosen without being observed by the test subjects. The Ce6 subject and controls were handed a laser pointer and asked to identify the location of the people in the grove. After testing the Ce6 subject replaced the sunglasses which were not removed until sleep. Eyesight in the morning seemed to have returned to normal and as of 20 days, there have been no noticeable effects.

The Ce6 subject consistently recognized symbols that did not seem to be visible to the controls. The Ce6 subject identified the distant figures 100% of the time, with the controls showing a 33% identification rate.

After showing that it is actually possible, the team plan to do lab tests and collate some figures and data to quantify their remarkable achievement. Next up, shooting lasers out of your eyes. Or maybe X-Ray vision.

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For those of you who are too lazy to read, we have found a video detailing the whole event.

 

h/t Science.Mic

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  • Andrea Gevara

    Awesome, must be cool to see at night and scare people at the same time xD

    • Demeter Lakatoš

      awesome is this stupidity that someone risks the vision for this shit…

      • Chris

        Yeah it’s called science, and science requires test subjects. That’s bravery, would you rather have them use animals? No? Didn’t think so, more like risks their vision for scientific advancement. Not everyone is a pussy like you.

        • Demeter Lakatoš

          you stupid fuck think that they didnt test it on animals before?

          • Ugh

            Yes, that’s right. They didn’t test on animals first. They biohack humans…that’s what they do Demeter, you stupid fuck.

          • Demeter Lakatoš

            EVERYTHING IS TESTED ON ANIMALS FOR HUMAN USE… EVERYTHING!!! HAWK

          • bigusdicus

            ugh! arnt we a popular presense and here you are telling someone else they are s stupid fuck..well lets see now ugh..have you solved the riddle i gave you? no? you fucking idiot! only an idiot wouldnt be able to solve that! grow some hair around it there ugh

  • I WIN

    did i miss something? wouldnt this make him sensitive to sunlight during the day and almost blind?

    • Ugh

      Yes, you missed nearly the whole thing apparently. They very clearly explained how he wore special lenses to protect his eyes. Why not just read it before making yourself sound like an idiot. Also, your pic makes you look like a psychopath.

      • I WIN

        well thanks for answering my question in the most dickheaded way possible.

      • bigusdicus

        yeah! you dick head! shame on you! wth is the matter with ya anyway

  • Unvarnished_Truth

    Little early for Aprils Fool but some idiots will believe this.

  • Jack Crowe

    The story is what I call a half and a half. For starters, this article and the photos are some bullshit unrelated to a REAL story by some University (look it up, I forgot the name) which came up with the idea and subjected a person to it with success!
    I wouldn’t let anyone inject anything into my eyeball, specially someone that looks like a worker from a tattoo shop. These type of scientific procedures are done in a operating room, and this is not one!
    April fools kids!

    • Ugh

      Lol, ready to admit that you’re wrong yet genius? These are eye drops. They aren’t being put inside of the eye, just on it. These are medical experts believe it or not. An you’re just an idiot making assumptions on the internet. You can easily look up their site jackass.

      • Jack Crowe

        Idiot, are you 15 or something? This picture, and all the others in it are NOT part of the group in the university study, nor is this the way it was conducted. Go play Xbox or something.

  • bigusdicus

    i dont think so! the damage that would cause to the eye alone and the life time side effects one would have you would have to be an idiot to really do this! seriously! smh @ what some believe

    • Ugh

      According to your research right? Putting eye drops in will have lifelong side effects huh? Interesting that he experienced none. I love when people know more than experts about everything.

      • bigusdicus

        you can esbatm..figure that one out smarty pants! who said i did research? who said anything about eye drops? did I say i knew more than the experts? i simply stated my thoughts. thats all. I love it when idiots get on here and go assuming! gawd how stupid you are! any way you ugh..as your name would suggest..can kindly gfy :o)