If you are leaning over a cot and smiling at your newborn, you might want to lean closer so the baby can see your face and comprehend your emotions.
And when we say “closer,” we’re not kidding. We literally mean maintaining a distance of merely 12 inches.
Or else, your baby wouldn’t be able to distinguish your face anyway. This is a fact that has been officially verified by a scientific research.
A scientific research revealed that infants only perceive emotions at a 12-inch range.
According to a Telegraph article by Sarah Knapton:
“Researchers at the University of Oslo have used technology, mathematics and previous studies on the visual awareness of infants to show for the first time what newborns can distinguish.
The results show us that a baby of two to three days old can perceive faces, and perhaps also emotional facial expressions, at around distance of 12 inches – which corresponds to the distance between a mother and her nursing baby.
But if the distance is increases to 24 inches (60 cms) and beyond, the visual image gets too blurred for the baby to perceive faces and expressions.”
This graph shows us how babies see our faces, depending on the distance.
In the research, they combined “modern simulation techniques with previous insight into how infants’ vision works.” Video recordings were made to capture different emotional expressions and filtered out information that the newborn infants couldn’t process. Afterwards, the researchers allowed adult participants to view the footages.
Telegraph went on to elaborate:
“The idea was that if the adults were unable to identify a facial expression, then we can certainly assume that a newborn would also be unable to do so.
The adult participants correctly identified facial expressions in three out of four cases when viewing the video at a distance of 12 inches.”
So yes, the general idea here is that babies can only distinguish your facial expressions at a distance of about 12 inches. This actually explains why babies meet you with blank stares when you sometimes try to capture his or her attention from afar. If you’re beyond the prescribed distance, the infant really couldn’t see anything.
China Reveals First Moon Surface Images in 40 Years – And They’re Pretty Stunning!
Photos are taken by the Chang’e 3 rover, the first lunar surface explorer since 1973.
Just last November, we told you about the Project Apollo Archive – that project where NASA finally got tired of all the conspiracy theories and uploaded lots of high resolution moon photos on Flickr.
This time, allow us to share with you new (yes, new!) raw photos from a Chinese lunar mission.
In 2013, China successfully sent the Chang’e 3 for a moon exploration and now the images from that robot has officially been released to the public. Of course, the mission was not without difficulties since in February 2014, the rover (Yutu) broke down while it was doing a surface study for 3 months with the lander. Fortunately, images have already been captured from the lunar surface.
“The Earth Has Shifted,” Inuit Elders Warn NASA
Stop blaming global warming. According to Inuit elders, our planet has titled from its original position.
If the Inuits are to be believed, it looks like global warming really isn’t the cause of all the crazy weather and natural calamities we’re experiencing recently – it’s probably because the Earth has titled a little from its original position.
This is the alarming warning of the Inuit elders to NASA.
The Inuits are a group of people inhabiting the Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland. They and their ancestors are known for being accurate weather forecasters.
This Rifle Can Shoot Down Small Drones Without Destroying Them
Defend your airspace with this awesome toy!
Battelle’s DroneDefender is possibly one of the best anti-drone machines in the world today. What makes this machine unique is that it utilizes “invisible beam delivered in an ultraportable, gun-like form,” as Mashable describes the device.
TheDroneDefender uses radio control frequency disruption to bring a drone down without destroying it in any way. For industry experts, that last part is crucial since the feature will allow users to get hold of the drone intact and investigate its source at the same time. This could be pretty handy for, say, airport security that needs a tool to stop drones from flying into restricted airspace or for preventing industrial espionage.
The Battelle DroneDefender has a 400-meter range and can jam ISM bands and GPS signals.
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