See the Invisible

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Last year, Jeffrey Tibbetts looked up at the moon and saw something he had never seen before: despite its being a crescent moon, most of it covered in the Earth’s shadow, the entire circumference was visible to him. “Oh god, it was really cool,” recalls Tibbetts, who cofounded the independent research organization Science for the Masses. Night after night, he could see all of the moon, regardless of what phase it was in. His daytime vision had also changed: sunrises were especially spectacular, almost neon in their brilliance. Kerry Grens, “Seeing Red,” The Scientist, February 2015, p. 22.

Here’s how to see the invisible:

  1. Avoid Vitamin A1 or retinol, which facilitates normal vision.
  2. Take Vitamin A2 or 3,4-dehydroretinal, which gives infrared sensitivity, instead.
  3. Take retinoic acid, a vitamin A derivative, for nonvisual processes including gene transcription.

Exercise caution – don’t try this at  home because of possible side effects!

For more on the Jeffery Tibbetts diet to improve visual sensitivity see Seeing Red and SFM Dietary Protocols: Depleting Retinol.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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1 Response to See the Invisible

  1. Susan says:

    “…a crescent moon, most of it covered in the Earth’s shadow…” ?? The dark part of the moon, during a crescent moon, is not in the earth’s shadow. That would be an eclipse, which does not last “night after night.” The dark part of the moon, observed by Mr. Tibbetts, is the moon’s own shadow.

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