A team of independent researchers called Science for the Masses has announced that they’ve successfully induced night vision in a human. They maintain that the procedure allowed their subject to see quite clearly in the dark at a distance of up to 50 meters.
How they managed to do the same: The researchers made use of a chemical compound chlorine e6 (Ce6), and injected it into one of their members, researcher Gabriel Licina. This chemical compound is found in some deep-sea fish and has light-amplification properties. About 50 microliters of solution was dropped into Licina’s eyes, aiming for the conjunctival sac, which carried the chemical to the retina. After about an hour, the effect kicked in.
To test the effect, Licina and three researchers performed a series of vision tests in a dark field. Licina was able to spot and recognize objects, symbols and people in the dark field moving against different backgrounds. He was even able to point out people hidden among trees and shrubs.