Well, maybe that’s not completely accurate — but thankfully, there are no radioactive isotopes involved.
RichardDawkins.net has reported that Spanish scientists from the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) have determined that human beings can develop echolocation by producing particular kinds of tongue clicks.
Lead author Juan Antonio Martínez said that “in certain circumstances, we humans could rival bats in our echolocation or biosonar capacity.” This had previously been noted as a rare phenomenon, such as blind guide for the blind Daniel Kish and Ben Underwood, known by some as the world’s best “echolocator.”
Yet don’t start busting out your billy clubs just yet:
In order to learn how to emit, receive and interpret sounds, the scientists are developing a method that uses a series of protocols. This first step is for the individual to know how to make and identify his or her own sounds (they are different for each person), and later to know how to use them to distinguish between objects according to their geometrical properties “as is done by ships’ sonar”.
Now all we need to do is teach these guys echolocation, and we’ve got ourselves a superhero!
[Tip of the hat to Lee Garbett for the link]