by Darren Murph on February 13, 2009
Hate to break it to you, but that clairvoyant you’ve been paying daily to read you fortune cookies while blindfolded actually isn’t some sort of medium. Tough to swallow, we know. That said, researchers at Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation hospital are getting closer to equipping entrepreneurial individuals with the tools they need to read minds. By measuring the intensity of near-infrared light absorbed in brain tissue, scientists were able to decode a person’s preference for one of two drinks with 80 percent accuracy, all without a single minute of training on the human’s behalf. This research gives promise to finding out true feelings of those who can’t speak or move due to physical limitations, though there’s no word on how close it is to becoming viable outside of a lab. As an aside, we hear Professor X is pretty perturbed.