Super humans are right around the corner folks. I'm telling you, it's gonna happen before you know it. And I know, you really wanted sharks with frickin' laser beams on their heads, but this is even better.

Scientists from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have developed a membrane that is less than a thousandth of a millimeter thick, and it could give you the ability to shoot laser beams from your eyes.

Malte Gather, a physics professor from the School of Physics and Astronomy at St Andrews, said in a statement:

“In ancient Greece, Plato believed that visual perception is mediated by ‘eye beams’—beams actively sent out by the eyes to probe the environment. Plato’s emission theory has of course long been refuted, but superheroes with lasers in their eyes live on in popular culture and comic books. Our work represents a new milestone in laser development and, in particular, points the way to how lasers can be used in inherently soft and ductile environments, be it in wearable sensors or as an authentication feature on bank notes."


The researchers demonstrated the lasers capabilities by attaching it to a cow's eye and explained the low powered laser could have many benefits including:

  • It could be used as an authentication feature for bank notes to prevent counterfeiting.
  • It has the potential to be used as a sensor to detect bombs.

So, no Superman powered laser eyes yet, but I'm telling you, we're close.

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