Blue-light glasses improve your sleep and work

Wearing blue-light glasses just before hitting the sack can help you get a better night's sleep and help you work better the next day.

George Vlahakis-Indiana • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sleep light jobs science-and-technology health-and-medicine circadian-rhythms

Big-eyed birds need gloom, not bright human landscapes

Brighter areas, such as agricultural land, aren't hospitable to big-eyed birds, research finds. The study links the size of bird eyes, habitat, and foraging style.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: conservation birds light eyes peru earth-and-environment

Tuned lighting helps older adults get a good night’s sleep

Tuned LED lighting that changes color and intensity over the course of a day and night helps older adults in nursing homes get a better night's sleep.

Brown University • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sleep nursing-homes light older-adults health-and-medicine led

Hyperspectral Stripe Projector creates 4D views

With the new Hyperspectral Stripe Projector, "we're getting four-dimensional information from an image, three spatial and one spectral, in real time."

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Oct. 2, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: optics light cameras science-and-technology imaging-technology

MGH-led study shows light therapy is safe

MGH-led study shows light therapy is safe, modulates brain repair, and may benefit patients with moderate traumatic brain injury.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Sept. 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: harvard-medical-school health-medicine hms massachusetts-general-hospital mgh benjamin-vakoc light-therapy rajiv-gupta

Lower energy light can create polymer gel objects

There's a way to use low-energy, visible light to produce polymer gel objects from pure monomer solutions, report researchers.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: light polymers science-and-technology

Engineers produce a fisheye lens that’s completely flat

The single piece of glass produces crisp panoramic images.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: light research school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse materials-research-laboratory augmented-and-virtual-reality computer-vision

Green light cuts monthly migraine days by 60%

Green light therapy resulted in about a 60% reduction in the pain intensity of the headache phase and number of days per month people experienced migraines.

Stacy Pigott-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: pain light health-and-medicine headaches migraines

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

Tags: physics vision lasers light photons algorithms science-and-technology fog

Ultraviolet light can make indoor spaces safer during the pandemic – if it's used the right way

UV disinfection is a proven means of killing pathogens like the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but it's not risk-free.

Karl Linden, Professor of Environmental Engineering and the Mortenson Professor in Sustainable Development, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic sars-cov-2 viruses aerosols disinfectant pathogen ultraviolet-light

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