How do you make a rat see infrared light? Easy, you give it an infrared light implant in its brain. That is exactly what a neuroscientist and a postdoc did in Chicago. They even trained the rats to associate the infrared light with rewards.

 

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Brain implant lets rats ’see’ infrared light

Before they wired rats to see infrared light, Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis and his postdoc Eric Thomson engineered them to feel it. In 2013, they surgically implanted a single infrared-detecting electrode into an area of the rat‘s …and more »

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