The Reading / Listening - Night Vision - Level 1

It might be possible to see in the dark one day. Scientists gave mice the ability to see in the dark. Researchers from universities in China and the USA changed the vision in mice. They put special chemicals into their eyes. These let the mice see in the dark. The chemicals let the mice see in the dark for about 10 weeks. The scientists said the chemicals did not damage the mice's eyes. The mice did not suffer any side effects.



The research is in the journal 'Cell'. Researchers want to do tests on humans. Dr Tian Xue said: "Human beings have been trying to develop new technology to enable abilities that are beyond our natural abilities." He added: "Another cool thing about this potential technology is that it wouldn't require a person to wear heavy and energy-intensive equipment, such as night-vision goggles." He said the military might like his research.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Night Vision - Level 0 Night Vision - Level 2   or  Night Vision - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2019/03/incredible-experiment-gives-infrared-vision-to-miceand-humans-could-be-next/
  • https://www.geek.com/news/nanotechnology-gives-mice-night-
  • https://www.cell.com/cell/fulltext/S0092-8674(19)30101-1


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It might
  2. see in the dark
  3. Scientists gave mice
  4. Researchers from
  5. They put special chemicals
  6. in the dark
  7. damage the
  8. The mice did not suffer
  1. the ability
  2. into their eyes
  3. any side effects
  4. one day
  5. for about 10 weeks
  6. mice's eyes
  7. universities
  8. be possible

Paragraph 2

  1. The research is in the
  2. Researchers want to do
  3. trying to develop new
  4. abilities that are beyond
  5. Another cool
  6. energy-intensive
  7. night-
  8. the military might like
  1. equipment
  2. our natural abilities
  3. his research
  4. journal 'Cell'
  5. vision goggles
  6. technology
  7. thing about this
  8. tests on humans

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It might be possible to see in the (1) ___________________. Scientists gave mice (2) ___________________ see in the dark. Researchers from universities in China and the USA changed the (3) ___________________. They put special chemicals into their eyes. These let (4) ___________________ in the dark. The chemicals let the mice see in the dark for about 10 weeks. The (5) ___________________ chemicals did not damage the mice's eyes. The mice did not (6) ___________________ effects.

The research is (7) ___________________ 'Cell'. Researchers want to do tests on humans. Dr Tian Xue said: "Human beings have been (8) ___________________ new technology to enable abilities that are (9) ___________________ abilities." He added: "Another cool thing (10) ___________________ technology is that it wouldn't require a person (11) ___________________ and energy-intensive equipment, such as night-vision goggles." He (12) ___________________ might like his research.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Itmightbepossibletoseeinthedarkoneday.Scientistsgavemicetheabi
litytoseeinthedark.ResearchersfromuniversitiesinChinaandtheUSA
changedthevisioninmice.Theyputspecialchemicalsintotheireyes.Th
eseletthemiceseeinthedark.Thechemicalsletthemiceseeinthedarkfo
rabout10weeks.Thescientistssaidthechemicalsdidnotdamagethemi
ce'seyes.Themicedidnotsufferanysideeffects.Theresearchisinthejou
rnal'Cell'.Researcherswanttodotestsonhumans.DrTianXuesaid:"Hu
manbeingshavebeentryingtodevelopnewtechnologytoenableabilitie
sthatarebeyondournaturalabilities."Headded:"Anothercoolthingabo
utthispotentialtechnologyisthatitwouldn'trequireapersontowearhea
vyandenergy-intensiveequipment,suchasnight-visiongoggles."Hes
aidthemilitarymightlikehisresearch.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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