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

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

‘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

Stealthy, ultra-black fish skin absorbs 99.5% of light

Sixteen species of camouflaged deep-sea fish have skin so dark that almost no light bounces back to the eye.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution fish skin light oceans colors science-and-technology camouflage

Stealthy, ultra-black fish skin absorbs 99.5% of light

Sixteen species of camouflaged deep-sea fish have skin so dark that almost no light bounces back to the eye.

Robin Smith-Duke • futurity
Aug. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution fish skin light oceans colors science-and-technology camouflage

‘Blinking’ titanium dioxide crystals may prove useful

Titanium dioxide crystals that "blink" may benefit quantum computers or the creation of fuels from carbon dioxide, say researchers.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: nanotechnology light materials-science science-and-technology crystals

Why line-dried laundry smells so good

Why does laundry that dries outdoors in the sunshine smell so nice? Researchers conducted an experiment to find out.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
July 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: light fabric science-and-technology smells sunlight

99% of ‘forever chemicals’ can’t survive surprising catalyst

Forever chemicals may have met their match in a new, surprising catalyst. "This wasn't supposed to work, and it did."

Jade Boyd-Rice • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: pollution light health-and-medicine coatings catalysts

Method makes plastic transparent and conductive

A method to make plastic conductive and more transparent could improve large touchscreens, LED light panels, and window-mounted infrared solar cells.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: light materials-science science-and-technology plastics

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