Can color-changing road signs make night driving safer?

A new reflective film could pave the way for color-changing road signs. They would light up at night to better grab drivers' attention.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Aug. 23, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology driving light materials-science roads safety vehicles

Zero-power radiative cooling system sends heat into space

A new radiative cooling system blocks sunlight and shoots heat into space. It could keep buildings cool down here on Earth.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Aug. 23, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured electricity sunlight temperature

Team hunts for ‘optical counterparts’ of gravitational waves

Ever since the detection of gravitational waves, researchers have been searching for the bursts of light that may accompany the collisions that cause them.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology black-holes gravitational-waves light machine-learning space stars

The 2 types of Seyfert galaxies are actually the same

New research could resolve a debate about the identity of bright objects at the center of certain galaxies.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

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

Recipe for light-trapping crystal may speed up communication

Researchers have plans for a microscopic crystal that can trap to wavelengths of light, which could lead to quantum computers and faster telecommunications.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Aug. 7, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology crystals lasers light quantum-computers

How birds perch could lead to nimbler flying robots

Engineers hope that watching how a bird can stick a landing on a non-stick surface will help them design better flying robots.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Aug. 7, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology birds flight robots

Pulsating star changes brightness every 5 minutes

Studying the light from pulsating stars can help scientists understand more about their insides and their life cycle.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Aug. 2, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology light space stars

Hydrogel sucks moisture from the air to get clean water

A new way to harvest water uses a hydrogel to collect moisture from humid air and then release it with sunlight.

National University of Singapore | July 26, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology hydrogels light water

Device recycles waste heat into light to boost solar systems

New technology could boost the efficiency of solar power systems by converting waste heat into light.

Mike Williams-Rice | July 16, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment electricity light nanotechnology renewable-energy temperature

Quantum control with light paves way for ultra-fast computers

A new method of controlling quantum properties with light could help scientists "create crazy-fast quantum computers by nudging supercurrents."

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State | July 16, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology computers light quantum-physics superconductors

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