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

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

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

‘Invincible’ material could light up soft robots

A new stretchy, self-healing, damage-resistant, and light-up material called HELIOS could be useful in soft robots or way tougher screens for our devices.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots electricity light material-science featured science-and-technology self-healing

Device generates power from shadows

Researchers have created a shadow-effect energy generator that can use the contrast between shadows and light to generate electricity.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 3, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: electricity light renewable-energy earth-and-environment wearable-devices

Blue light could be the ‘next frontier’ in superbug fight

A new, blue light-based weapon called photolysis, may be key in the fight against antibiotic-resistant pathogens like MRSA.

Boston University • futurity
May 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: bacteria drug-resistance light science-and-technology health-and-medicine mrsa superbugs

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