Portable system boosts laser precision, at room temperature

“Light squeezer” reduces quantum noise in lasers, could enhance quantum computing and gravitational-wave detection.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: physics astrophysics space astronomy quantum-computing light research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf kavli-institute ligo astronomy-and-planetary-science

Flashes bright when squeezed tight: how single-celled organisms light up the oceans

Research explains how a unicellular marine organism generates light as a response to mechanical stimulation, lighting up breaking waves at night.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: physics light

Nanogaps between gold electrodes emit lots of light

Physicists have observed surprisingly strong light and high heat from nanogaps between plasmonic electrodes, particularly those made of gold.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: nanotechnology light gold science-and-technology plasmons

Quasar upends ideas about black hole formation

A new discovery "presents the biggest challenge yet for the theory of black hole formation and growth in the early universe."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space light black-holes science-and-technology quasar

Could we extract energy from a black hole? Our experiment verifies old theory

Twisted sound beams suggest an advanced civilisation may be able to harness immense amounts of power from a black hole.

Marion Cromb, PhD Candidate in Physics, University of Glasgow • conversation
June 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics black-hole light science-fiction doppler-effect

What is the slowest thing on Earth?

Physicists can use bright, hot lasers to slow atoms down so much that they measure -459 degrees Fahrenheit.

Katie McCormick, Postdoctoral Scholar of Physics, University of Washington • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: physics quantum-mechanics laser light photons molecules curious-kids curious-kids-us temperature cold atoms absolute-zero warmblood sloths

Sun and permafrost make emissions outlook even bleaker

Arctic permafrost stores one trillion metric tons of carbon. New research on photomineralization suggests more of that carbon will be released.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
June 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change permafrost light emissions earth-and-environment

Atom swap turns glowy molecules into cancer killers

While aiming to improve fluorescent tags, researchers found a way to kill breast cancer cells by activating a molecule with light.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cancer breast-cancer light fluorescence health-and-medicine

Atom swap turns glowy molecules into cancer killers

While aiming to improve fluorescent tags, researchers found a way to kill breast cancer cells by activating a molecule with light.

Jeff Falk-Rice • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cancer breast-cancer light fluorescence health-and-medicine

2D nanosheets show promise for stopping cancer cells

Light-responsive biomaterials, such as the 2D nanosheets, "have a strong potential for developing the next generation of noninvasive, precise, and controllable medical devices."

Jennifer Reiley-Texas A&M • futurity
June 11, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cancer nanotechnology light materials-science cells health-and-medicine

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