Skip Glasses and go for the Bionic Lens?

No matter the state of your eyes, Gareth Webb promises you a better-than-perfect vision. All that is needed is a non-invasive surgery to replace your natural lens with a patented “bionic lens.” The new lens will not suffer from decay, which means you will never get cataract. The eight-minute, painless surgery is also safer and doesn’t come with the side-effects of laser surgery. And, according to Business Insider, “the quality of your vision will always be perfect, and it will not deteriorate over time.”

Are we there? NO, but close.

To provide better than normal vision you would need a telescopic lens combination, but this is at the expense of your field of view. This would not be a sensible approach,” he said. Ocumetics claims that its bionic lens is “accommodating,” which is to say that it can be squeezed like a natural lens. But as far as known, none of these have been shown to work in a living body.

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R.I.P. John Nash – A Beautiful Mind

De wiskundige John Nash is vandaag in New Jersey samen met zijn vrouw bij een taxi-ongeluk overleden, meldt de politie. Vorige week kreeg hij nog de Abelprijs, een onderscheiding die als de Nobelprijs van de wiskunde wordt gezien. Bij het grote publiek is Nash vooral bekend van de film A Beautiful Mind, waarin zijn persoon wordt gespeeld door Russell Crowe. John Nash werd 86 jaar [meer].

Nash won natuurlijk allereerst de Nobelprijs voor de economie in 1994.

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Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

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The Perils of Worldbuilding

The dangers of worldbuilding, even if fake, might be more real than thought. More on Tolkien.

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