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By splitting and then recombining a laser beam, the device is able to measure blood flow inside the brain Image by LetPub
A biochemical reaction between an enzyme called luciferase and oxygen causes fireflies to glow and is considered one of the most well-known examples of bioluminescence in nature Source Shutterstock
Frontal view of the hippocampus and its main fiber tracts frontal A Credit Brainx3com, SPECS lab
  • By splitting and then recombining a laser beam, the device is able to measure blood flow inside the brain Image by LetPub

    Measuring Brain Blood Flow and Activity With Light

    A new, noninvasive method for measuring brain blood flow with light has been developed by biomedical engineers and neurologists at the University of California, Davis, and used to detect brain activation. The new method,...
  • A biochemical reaction between an enzyme called luciferase and oxygen causes fireflies to glow and is considered one of the most well-known examples of bioluminescence in nature Source Shutterstock

    Portable Non-Invasive Bioluminescent Imaging

    A biochemical reaction between an enzyme called luciferase and oxygen causes fireflies to glow and is considered one of the most well-known examples of bioluminescence in nature. Now, an international team of researchers led by...
  • Frontal view of the hippocampus and its main fiber tracts frontal A Credit Brainx3com, SPECS lab

    The Neural Mechanism of Autonomous Learning

    Thanks to the so-called deep learning, a subset of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms inspired by the brain, machines can match human performance in perception and language recognition and even outperform humans in certain...
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  • Artists concept illustration depicts a hydrogen vacancy the black spot left of center created by removing hydrogen from a methylammonium molecule, which traps carriers in the prototypical hybrid perovskite, mehtylammonium lead iodide CH3NH3Pbl3 Illustrati

    Hydrogen in Hybrid Perovskites

    Researchers in the Materials Department at the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering have uncovered a major cause of limitations to efficiency in a new generation of solar cells. Various possible defects in the lattice of what...
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    Silicon Could be a Photonics Game-Changer

    While computer chips' extraordinary success has confirmed silicon as the prime material for electronic information control, silicon has a reputation as a poor choice for photonics; there are no commercially available silicon...
  • Artists impression of space debris in orbit around the Earth Credit ESA

    Clearing Space Debris with a Laser

    Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have harnessed a technique that helps telescopes see objects in the night sky more clearly to fight against dangerous and costly space debris. The...
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    Advancements in Lighting Technologies

    It has been nearly 200 years since the first constant electric light was demonstrated, spurring researchers throughout the world to advance the technology that brought illumination to homes and businesses.While the light that glows in our homes has...
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    Light Technologies in the Fight Against COVID-19

    Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, and while far too many people have lost their lives or are suffering long-term symptoms, today’s light-based technologies offer hope by advancing methods of disinfection, diagnostics, treatment and...
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    Optical Tools Enable the Study of Microplastics

    Plastics have only been around since the 1950s and yet they’re everywhere: scattered in our lakes, rivers, floating on the top of oceans, and dropping to the bottom. Back in the 1950s and 60s, plastics were hailed as a useful invention, used...
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    Light Research Advances Medical Diagnostics & Health

    Light technologies are increasingly contributing to our health and longevity. While, for example, cancer is among the leading causes of death worldwide, death rates for individual cancer types have declined in part due to advanced research on light...
  • A hot object can be fully hidden from infrared detection by adding polyethylene glycol to an aerogel film Credit American Chemical Society

    Thin Film Hides Objects from Infrared Detectors

    Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed an aerogel film made of DuPont Kevlar fibers that makes objects invisible to infrared detectors. A successful method for hiding objects from heat-sensing cameras could be...
  • Measuring and Self-Adjusting Spectral Power Distribution of LED Systems
  • Perovskite NIR LED With Record External Quantum Efficiency

    Perovskite NIR LED with Record External Quantum Efficiency

    Researchers at Linköping University (LiU) in Sweden have produced near-infrared (NIR) light-emitting diodes (LED) of perovskite with a record external quantum efficiency of 21.6%. Because perovskites have good light-emitting properties and...

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