Method gets LEDs to act more like lasers

"Nobody had engineered a way to control the emission of light from an LED into a single direction."

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
June 8, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology lasers light materials-science science-and-technology led metamaterial

Special UV lights could kill coronavirus on surfaces

Researchers are working on UV LED lights that could rid surfaces, and potentially air and water, of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
April 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 light materials-science viruses health-and-medicine led

QLED tech aims light one way to up TV energy efficiency

New tech could cut down on the light scattered inside current quantum dot light emitting diode (QLED) screens, making them way more energy efficient.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Jan. 22, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: quantum-dots electronics light science-and-technology led

Edible security tags on pills could fight fake drugs

Putting edible tags made of proteins on pills could help fight back against counterfeit drugs, which claim thousands of lives each year.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Jan. 21, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: security proteins featured health-and-medicine medications led crimes

Standards would boost efficiency of LED lighting in greenhouses

LED lighting in greenhouses enhance plant growth but researchers say standards could make them even more effective.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Jan. 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: electricity plants light crops earth-and-environment led

Thin films could make solar panels better and cheaper

A new kind of semiconductor made from barium zirconium sulfide instead of silicon could pave the way for better solar panels, LEDs, and sensors.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Dec. 26, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: solar-cells electronics materials-science renewable-energy science-and-technology led

Microscope teaches itself to shine light on the vital stuff

A new microscope uses machine learning and LED lights to focus in on what's important, like the parasites inside cells infected with malaria.

Ken Kingery-Duke • futurity
Nov. 21, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: machine-learning science-and-technology microscopes imaging-technology led

Fireflies inspire new energy-saving LED light bulbs

New, more efficient LED bulbs could cut your power bill thanks to a little inspiration from glowing insects.

Matthew Swayne-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 20, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability insects biomimicry science-and-technology led light-bulbs

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