How cables in glaciers could help forecast future sea level rise

New research shows how fibre-optic cables can monitor the hidden structure of glaciers, teaching us about past and future ice flow.

Adam Booth, Associate Professor in Applied Geophysics, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds • conversation
May 14, 2021 ~7 min

Antimatter: scientists find way to trap elusive material by blasting it with lasers

Laser-cooling enables new measurements that could explain why antimatter is so scarce in our universe.

Niels Madsen, Professor of Physics, Swansea University • conversation
April 22, 2021 ~7 min

Lasers show how ‘turbulent dynamos’ create huge magnetic fields

A new study sheds light on a once-elusive phenomenon known as a "turbulent dynamo," an astrophysical process that amplifies magnetic fields.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
March 26, 2021 ~5 min

Laser-steering microrobot offers surgeons high-speed precision

Robotic engineers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute and John A. Paulson School for Engineering and Applied Science have developed a laser-steering microrobot in a miniaturized 6 by 16 millimeter package that can be integrated with existing endoscopic tools.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Jan. 13, 2021 ~6 min

Researchers develop a high-power, portable terahertz laser

The instrument could bring powerful sensing and imaging capabilities out of the lab and into hospitals, airports, or other settings.

Michaela Jarvis | MIT News correspondent • mit
Nov. 2, 2020 ~7 min

A new laser technique designed to authenticate rare whisky could also detect disease

A new laser technique that measures the chemical make-up of whisky may help fight cancers.

Kishan Dholakia, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews • conversation
Oct. 30, 2020 ~7 min

Team builds colloidal diamonds, ‘Holy Grail’ of photonics

Creating colloidal diamonds, a long-awaited photonic technique, could change the development and use of optical technologies over the next decade.

Karl Greenberg-NYU • futurity
Sept. 24, 2020 ~7 min

Photon device offers ‘X-ray vision’ through fog

A new algorithm lets researchers reconstruct the movements of photons to see through clouds, fog, and other obstructions.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~7 min

Lasers may benefit glaucoma patients with higher eye pressure more

A new study helps identify the ideal patient to receive selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT) to treat glaucoma.

Eric Maze-Missouri • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~4 min

Cracking the case of the missing molecules

When scientists moved from manipulating atoms to messing with molecules, molecules started to disappear from view. Professor Kang-Kuen Ni has figured out why.

Caitlin McDermott-Murphy • harvard
July 22, 2020 ~6 min