The Reading / Listening - Night Vision - Level 3

Would you like to be able to see in the dark? One day this might be possible. Scientists have done tests on mice and have given them the ability to see near-infrared light. This is a kind of light wave that mice (and humans) cannot normally see. Research teams from the University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Massachusetts Medical School changed the vision of the test mice. They injected special nanoparticles into their eyes. These tiny particles let the mice see better in the dark. The effect of the injections lasted for around 10 weeks. The scientists said the eyesight of the mice was not damaged and the eyes did not suffer from any side effects.



The research is now published in the research journal 'Cell'. The researchers say they hope the same tests could be done with humans. Researcher Dr Tian Xue explained what he hopes for the future. He said: "Human beings have been trying to develop new technology to enable abilities that are beyond our natural abilities." He said future tests could let humans see things in the dark that they cannot see now. Dr Tian 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 also said: "The military will very likely be interested in this work."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Night Vision - Level 0 Night Vision - Level 1   or  Night Vision - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. NIGHT VISION: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about night vision. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       the dark / scientist / mice / ability / light / vision / injections / eyesight / side effects
       research / tests / humans / develop / natural abilities / technology / potential / work
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SEEING IN THE DARK: Students A strongly believe being able to see in the dark is important; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. INTERESTED: Why would these things be interested in being able to see in the dark? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Why?

What could they do?

Military

 

 

Car drivers

 

 

Children

 

 

Miners

 

 

Spies

 

 

Students

 

 

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5. LIGHT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "light". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. EXTRA ABILITIES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • super strength
  • run like the wind
  • ability of flight
  • predicting the future
  • night vision
  • X-ray vision
  • reading minds
  • hypnosis

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. possible a. Able to be done.
      2. ability b. Experience something bad or painful.
      3. wave c. Having the skill to do something.
      4. vision d. Put a liquid into your body through a needle.
      5. injected e. The way light or sound travels.
      6. suffer f. The ability to see.
      7. side effects g. Bad things that happen to you after you have medicine.

    Paragraph 2

      8. journal h. Fashionably attractive or impressive.
      9. humans i. Outside the limits of.
      10. develop j. A newspaper or magazine that deals with a particular subject or professional activity.
      11. beyond k. Having or showing the ability to become or develop into something in the future.
      12. cool l. People.
      13. potential m. Relating to or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces.
      14. military n. Grow or cause to grow and become more mature or advanced.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said we will be able to see in the dark for one day.     T / F
  2. Humans can see near-infrared light.     T / F
  3. Scientists injected things into the eyes of mice.     T / F
  4. The effects of the injections lasted for around 10 days.     T / F
  5. The research is published in a journal called "Cell".     T / F
  6. Researchers said they would not test this technology on humans.     T / F
  7. This new technology means there will be no need for goggles.     T / F
  8. The military could be interested in this technology.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. possible
  2. kind
  3. vision
  4. tiny
  5. suffer
  6. published
  7. beyond
  8. potential
  9. equipment
  10. military
  1. greater than
  2. very small
  3. doable
  4. gadgets
  5. possibility
  6. eyesight
  7. army
  8. type
  9. issued
  10. experience

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Scientists have done
  2. given them the ability to
  3. They injected special nanoparticles
  4. The effect of the injections lasted
  5. the eyes did not suffer from any side
  6. published in the research
  7. beyond our natural
  8. Another cool thing
  9. wear heavy and energy-
  10. The military will very likely be interested
  1. journal 'Cell'
  2. effects
  3. intensive equipment
  4. into their eyes
  5. in this work
  6. tests on mice
  7. about this
  8. for around 10 weeks
  9. abilities
  10. see near-infrared light

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
kind
vision
able
lasted
done
side
teams
better

Would you like to be (1) ____________ to see in the dark? One day this might be possible. Scientists have (2) ____________ tests on mice and have given them the ability to see near-infrared light. This is a (3) ____________ of light wave that mice (and humans) cannot normally see. Research (4) ____________ from the University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Massachusetts Medical School changed the (5) ____________ of the test mice. They injected special nanoparticles into their eyes. These tiny particles let the mice see (6) ____________ in the dark. The effect of the injections (7) ____________ for around 10 weeks. The scientists said the eyesight of the mice was not damaged and the eyes did not suffer from any (8) ____________ effects.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
humans
cool
likely
published
future
equipment
develop
technology

The research is now (9) ____________ in the research journal 'Cell'. The researchers say they hope the same tests could be done with (10) ____________. Researcher Dr Tian Xue explained what he hopes for the future. He said: "Human beings have been trying to (11) ____________ new technology to enable abilities that are beyond our natural abilities." He said (12) ____________ tests could let humans see things in the dark that they cannot see now. Dr Tian added: "Another (13) ____________ thing about this potential (14) ____________ is that it wouldn't require a person to wear heavy and energy-intensive (15) ____________, such as night-vision goggles." He also said: "The military will very (16) ____________ be interested in this work."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Would you like to be able to see in the dark? One day this ______
     a.  might be possibly
     b.  might be passible
     c.  might be possible
     d.  might be posy ball
2)  tests on mice and have given them the ability to see near-______
     a.  infrared lit
     b.  infrared light
     c.  infrared alight
     d.  infrared alighted
3)  changed the vision of the test mice. They injected special nanoparticles ______
     a.  into their eyes
     b.  on two their eyes
     c.  unto their eyes
     d.  in two their eyes
4)  These tiny particles let the mice see better ______
     a.  in the darks
     b.  in the darkly
     c.  in the darkest
     d.  in the dark
5)  the eyesight of the mice was not damaged and the eyes did not suffer from ______
     a.  any side affects
     b.  any side reflects
     c.  any side defects
     d.  any side effects

6)  The research is now published in the research ______
     a.  jury all 'Cell'
     b.  journals 'Cell'
     c.  journal 'Cell'
     d.  jury and all 'Cell'
7)  The researchers say they hope the same tests could be done ______
     a.  with humane
     b.  with hue mains
     c.  with hew mains
     d.  with humans
8)  Human beings have been trying to develop new technology ______
     a.  to disable abilities
     b.  to re-enable abilities
     c.  to any ball abilities
     d.  to enable abilities
9)  it wouldn't require a person to wear heavy and energy-______
     a.  intensive equipped meant
     b.  intensive equipment
     c.  intensive equipping meant
     d.  intensive equip mint
10)  The military will very likely be interested ______
     a.  in this working
     b.  in this works
     c.  in this work
     d.  in this worker

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Would you like to be (1) ___________________ in the dark? One day this might be possible. Scientists have done tests on mice and have given them the (2) ___________________ near-infrared light. This is a kind of light wave that mice (and humans) (3) ___________________. Research teams from the University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (4) ___________________ of the test mice. They injected special nanoparticles into their eyes. These tiny particles let the mice see better in the dark. The effect (5) ___________________ lasted for around 10 weeks. The scientists said the eyesight of the mice was not damaged and the eyes did not suffer from (6) ___________________.

The research is now published (7) ___________________ journal 'Cell'. The researchers say they hope the same tests could be done with humans. Researcher Dr Tian Xue explained what he hopes (8) ___________________. He said: "Human beings have been trying to develop new technology to enable abilities that are (9) ___________________ abilities." He said future tests could let humans see things in the dark that they cannot see now. Dr Tian added: "Another (10) ___________________ this potential technology is that it wouldn't (11) ___________________ to wear heavy and energy-intensive equipment, such as night-vision goggles." He also said: "The military will (12) ___________________ interested in this work."

Comprehension questions

  1. When did the article say we might be able to see in the dark?
  2. Which two countries are the research universities from?
  3. What did scientists inject into the mice's eyes?
  4. How long did the effects of injections last?
  5. What did the mice not suffer from?
  6. What is the name of the journal the research is published in?
  7. Who is Tian Xue?
  8. What word did a researcher use to describe this potential technology?
  9. What kind of equipment might we not need if we use this technology?
  10. Who did a researcher say might be interested in this research?




Multiple choice quiz

1) When did the article say we might be able to see in the dark?
a) next year
b) one day
c) soon
d) July 2020
2) Which two countries are the research universities from?
a) Japan and the USA
b) China and Japan
c) the USA and Canada
d) China and the USA
3) What did scientists inject into the mice's eyes?
a) liquid
b) tiny lenses
c) nanoparticles
d) water
4) How long did the effects of injections last?
a) around 10 weeks
b) around 10 days
c) around 10 hours
d) around 10 months
5) What did the mice not suffer from?
a) influenza
b) side effects
c) blindness
d) poor eyesight

6) What is the name of the journal the research is published in?
a) Cell
b) Sight
c) Vision
d) Nanoparticles
7) Who is Tian Xue?
a) a mouse expert
b) a writer
c) a researcher
d) an optician
8) What word did a researcher use to describe this potential technology?
a) cool
b) crazy
c) clever
d) classy
9) What kind of equipment might we not need if we use this technology?
a) electric lights
b) computers
c) glasses
d) night-vision goggles
10) Who did a researcher say might be interested in this research?
a) the police
b) school children
c) the military
d) pet shops

Role play

Role  A – Night Vision
You think night vision is the best extra ability. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as useful. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): hypnosis, predicting the future or reading minds.

Role  B – Hypnosis
You think hypnosis is the best extra ability. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as useful. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): night vision, predicting the future or reading minds.

Role  C – Predicting the Future
You think predicting the future is the best extra ability. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as useful. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): hypnosis, night vision or reading minds.

Role  D – Reading Minds
You think reading minds is the best extra ability. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as useful. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): hypnosis, predicting the future or night vision.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'night'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'vision'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • journal
    • future
    • develop
    • now
    • heavy
    • likely
    • like
    • kind
    • teams
    • special
    • tiny
    • suffer




    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 - Scientists give mice night vision

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'night'?
    3. What do you think of this research?
    4. Would you like to be able to see in the dark?
    5. How would life change if you could see in the dark?
    6. Could we save energy if we could see in the dark?
    7. What is your eyesight like?
    8. Would you have the injection in your eyes?
    9. Should scientists be testing mice?
    10. What do you think of mice?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'vision'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Would you like night vision or X-ray vision?
    5. How interested are you in science?
    6. What extra-human abilities would you like?
    7. What other abilities would you like for your eyes?
    8. What negative things are there to this technology?
    9. What would the military do with this technology?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Would you like to be (1) ____ to see in the dark? One day this might be possible. Scientists have (2) ____ tests on mice and have given them the ability to see near-infrared light. This is a kind of light wave that mice (and humans) cannot (3) ____ see. Research teams from the University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Massachusetts Medical School changed the vision of the test mice. They (4) ____ special nanoparticles into their eyes. These tiny particles let the mice see better in the dark. The effect of the injections (5) ____ for around 10 weeks. The scientists said the eyesight of the mice was not damaged and the eyes did not suffer from any (6) ____ effects.

    The research is now published in the research (7) ____ 'Cell'. The researchers say they hope the same tests could be done with humans. Researcher Dr Tian Xue explained what he hopes (8) ____ the future. He said: "Human beings have been trying to develop new technology to enable abilities that are (9) ____ our natural abilities." He said future tests could let humans see things in the dark that they cannot see now. Dr Tian added: "Another (10) ____ thing about this potential technology is that it wouldn't (11) ____ a person to wear heavy and energy-intensive equipment, such as night-vision goggles." He also said: "The military will very (12) ____ be interested in this work."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     able     (b)     ability     (c)     abilities     (d)     capability    
    2. (a)     did     (b)     doing     (c)     done     (d)     does    
    3. (a)     normal     (b)     normality     (c)     normally     (d)     normalize    
    4. (a)     impacted     (b)     inspected     (c)     infected     (d)     injected    
    5. (a)     ended     (b)     finished     (c)     lasted     (d)     fasted    
    6. (a)     edge     (b)     side     (c)     middle     (d)     center    
    7. (a)     comic     (b)     journal     (c)     diary     (d)     magazine    
    8. (a)     at     (b)     for     (c)     to     (d)     on    
    9. (a)     behind     (b)     beneath     (c)     beyond     (d)     behest    
    10. (a)     chilly     (b)     freezing     (c)     cold     (d)     cool    
    11. (a)     essential     (b)     needy     (c)     necessary     (d)     require    
    12. (a)     liked     (b)     liking     (c)     likelihood     (d)     likely

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    4. this lantoiept technology
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    6. The amltyrii will very likely be interested

    Put the text back together

    (...)  night-vision goggles." He also said: "The military will very likely be interested in this work."
    (...)  our natural abilities." He said future tests could let humans see things in the dark that they cannot see
    (...)  said the eyesight of the mice was not damaged and the eyes did not suffer from any side effects.
    (...)  is that it wouldn't require a person to wear heavy and energy-intensive equipment, such as
    (...)  future. He said: "Human beings have been trying to develop new technology to enable abilities that are beyond
    1  ) Would you like to be able to see in the dark? One day this might be possible. Scientists have done tests
    (...)  The research is now published in the research journal 'Cell'. The researchers say they hope the same
    (...)  tests could be done with humans. Researcher Dr Tian Xue explained what he hopes for the
    (...)  see better in the dark. The effect of the injections lasted for around 10 weeks. The scientists
    (...)  now. Dr Tian added: "Another cool thing about this potential technology
    (...)  and Technology of China and the University of Massachusetts Medical School changed the vision of the test
    (...)  on mice and have given them the ability to see near-infrared light. This is a kind of light
    (...)  mice. They injected special nanoparticles into their eyes. These tiny particles let the mice
    (...)  wave that mice (and humans) cannot normally see. Research teams from the University of Science

    Put the words in the right order

    1. the   Given   ability   see   to   them   near-infrared   light   .
    2. nanoparticles   into   special   They   eyes   .   their   injected
    3. tiny   particles   These   better   .   mice   let   see   the
    4. damaged   .   eyesight   the   mice   not   of   was   The
    5. not   any   eyes   did   effects   .   suffer   side   The
    6. journal   .   The   is   now   research   the   in   published
    7. tests   The   with   be   humans   .   same   done   could
    8. technology   .   have   been   trying   develop   to   Humans   new
    9. potential   cool   technology   .   Another   this   thing   about
    10. be   military   in   this   will   The   interested   work   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Would you like to be able / ability to see in the dark? One day this might be possible. Scientists have done tests on mice and have gave / given them the ability to see near-infrared light. This is a kind of light waving / wave that mice (and humans) cannot normally / normal see. Research teams from the University of Science and Technology of China and the University of Massachusetts Medical School changed the visor / vision of the test mice. They injected specially / special nanoparticles into their eyes. These tiny particles let the mice see good / better in the dark. The effect / affect of the injections lasted for around / abound 10 weeks. The scientists said the eyesight of the mice was not damaged and the eyes did not suffer from any edge / side effects.

    The research is now published / publish in the research journal 'Cell'. The researchers say they hope / hoping the same tests could be done / doing with humans. Researcher Dr Tian Xue explained what he hopes for the future. He said: "Human beings have been trying to / for develop new technology to enable abilities that are beyond our naturally / natural abilities." He said future tests could bet / let humans see things in the dark that they cannot see / seeing now. Dr Tian added: "Another cool / cold thing about this potential technology is that it wouldn't require a person to wear heavy and energy-intensive equip / equipment, such as night-vision goggles." He also said: "The military will very liked / likely be interested in this work."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    would you like to be able to see in the dark one day this might be possible scientists have done tests on mice and have given them the ability to see nearinfrared light this is a kind of light wave that mice and humans cannot normally see research teams from the university of science and technology of china and the university of massachusetts medical school changed the vision of the test mice they injected special nanoparticles into their eyes these tiny particles let the mice see better in the dark the effect of the injections lasted for around 10 weeks the scientists said the eyesight of the mice was not damaged and the eyes did not suffer from any side effects

    the research is now published in the research journal cell the researchers say they hope the same tests could be done with humans researcher dr tian xue explained what he hopes for the future he said human beings have been trying to develop new technology to enable abilities that are beyond our natural abilities he said future tests could let humans see things in the dark that they cannot see now dr tian added another cool thing about this potential technology is that it wouldnt require a person to wear heavy and energyintensive equipment such as nightvision goggles he also said the military will very likely be interested in this work

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Wouldyouliketobeabletoseeinthedark?Onedaythismightbepossible.
    Scientistshavedonetestsonmiceandhavegiventhemtheabilitytoseen
    ear-infraredlight.Thisisakindoflightwavethatmice(andhumans)ca
    nnotnormallysee.ResearchteamsfromtheUniversityofScienceandTe
    chnologyofChinaandtheUniversityofMassachusettsMedicalSchoolch
    angedthevisionofthetestmice.Theyinjectedspecialnanoparticlesinto
    theireyes.Thesetinyparticlesletthemiceseebetterinthedark.Theeffe
    ctoftheinjectionslastedforaround10weeks.Thescientistssaidtheeyes
    ightofthemicewasnotdamagedandtheeyesdidnotsufferfromanyside
    effects.Theresearchisnowpublishedintheresearchjournal'Cell'.Ther
    esearcherssaytheyhopethesametestscouldbedonewithhumans.Res
    earcherDrTianXueexplainedwhathehopesforthefuture.Hesaid:"Hu
    manbeingshavebeentryingtodevelopnewtechnologytoenableabilitie
    sthatarebeyondournaturalabilities."Hesaidfuturetestscouldlethuma
    nsseethingsinthedarkthattheycannotseenow.DrTianadded:"Anothe
    rcoolthingaboutthispotentialtechnologyisthatitwouldn'trequireaper
    sontowearheavyandenergy-intensiveequipment,suchasnight-visio
    ngoggles."Healsosaid:"Themilitarywillverylikelybeinterestedinthis
    work."

    Free writing

    Write about night vision for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should all be able to see in the dark. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. NIGHT VISION: Make a poster about night vision. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. INJECTIONS: Write a magazine article about giving eveyone an injection to have night vision. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on night vision. Ask him/her three questions about night vision. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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