‘SMILES’ are the brightest fluorescent materials ever

"Think of SMILES like a light bulb, but instead of being turned on with electricity, they are turned on with light..."

Steve Martin - Indiana U. • futurity
Aug. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: light materials-science 3d-printing fluorescence science-and-technology

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

Glowing bats show ‘contagious’ vaccines can fight rabies

A spreadable rabies vaccine could work better than the current policy of culling bats that spread the disease.

Jim Erickson-Michigan • futurity
Nov. 19, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: vaccines bats fluorescence health-and-medicine rabies

Swapping 1 atom lets visible light trigger fluorescent dyes

Scientists have created a single-atom switch for turning the fluorescent dyes used in biological imaging on and off.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Sept. 9, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: colors fluorescence health-and-medicine imaging-technology

Fluorescent tags light up when proteins misfold

A method highlights forms of proteins that likely play a role in several neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 14, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: proteins fluorescence health-and-medicine

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