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August 29, 2016

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August 29, 2016

Aug. 22, 2016 — Some of the fastest processes in our body run their course in proteins activated by light. The protein rhodopsin sees to it that our eyes can rapidly take in their ever-changing surroundings. ... read more

Aug. 19, 2016 — Hot on the heels of a paper revealing that a team of researchers has used a nanobead-derived superlens to break the perceived resolution barrier, the same team has achieved another world first by ... read more

Aug. 19, 2016 — Physicists have revolutionized our understanding of a popular technique, known as buffer gas cooling, which is crucial in fields ranging from forensics to the production of ... read more

An Unexpected Finding: Rare Iodine Polymer Discovery Is Key to Starch-Iodine Mystery

Aug. 18, 2016 — In the pursuit of a new class of photovoltaic materials, researchers happened upon an entirely different discovery that addresses a centuries-old mystery of chemistry: Why does an iodine solution ... read more

Over-the-Counter Laser Pointers a Threat to Eyesight

Aug. 18, 2016 — Some laser pointers that can be bought over the counter are unsafe to the point that they can cause blindness, report researchers. Now they are calling on government to consider banning green lasers. ... read more

X-Ray Optics on a Chip

Aug. 18, 2016 — Waveguides are widely used for filtering, confining, guiding, coupling or splitting beams of visible light. However, creating waveguides that could do the same for X-rays has posed tremendous ... read more

Innovative Device Simulates Cataract Replacement Experience

Aug. 18, 2016 — A vision simulator works to help patients test artificial lens designs prior to implantation in the ... read more

Aug. 18, 2016 — Researchers, using the liquid crystal elastomer technology have demonstrated a bioinspired micro-robot capable of mimicking caterpillar gaits in natural scale. The 15-millimeter long soft robot ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — Scientists can now manipulate x-ray light using visible light, removing the need for inefficient and expensive optics that other approaches must ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — Attosecond Science is a new exciting frontier in contemporary physics, aimed at time-resolving the motion of electrons in atoms, molecules and solids on their natural timescale. Electronic dynamics ... read more

Aug. 17, 2016 — When it comes to even the most advanced materials, the adage 'if it does not bend, it breaks' is often true. But before that final snap, most materials experience microscopic damage that ... read more

Aug. 16, 2016 — Engineers demonstrate in a new study that windows made of transparent wood could provide more even and consistent natural lighting and better energy efficiency than ... read more

New MRI Technique Sheds Technology's Longtime Limits

Aug. 16, 2016 — Since its emergence in the 1970s, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has given physicians a better look inside tissues, helping to diagnose maladies from brain tumors to internal bleeding to torn ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — Scientists have proposed a graphene-based spaser that can 'sniff out' a single molecule, which could be used to detect even small amounts of various substances, including ... read more

DNA Naturally Fluoresces: Discovery Opens Door for Staining-Free, Super-Resolution Imaging

Aug. 15, 2016 — Scientist shave recently caught DNA doing something that has never been seen before: it ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — Recent findings indicating the possible discovery of a previously unknown subatomic particle may be evidence of a fifth fundamental force of nature, according to new research by theoretical ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — Strong field ionization has been studied for over half a century. Yet, the role of electron spin during this process has been largely overlooked. Surprisingly, our joint experimental and theoretical ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — Interactions between tiny particles trapped in light are found to differ, depending on the light's shape, report scientists. Physical phenomena, such as particle behavior in higher order modes ... read more

Aug. 12, 2016 — A new paper provides proof of a new concept, using new solid 3-D superlenses to break through the scale of things previously visible through a ... read more

Aug. 12, 2016 — Researchers have created a new imaging technique that allows scientists to probe the internal makeup of a battery during charging and discharging using different X-ray energies while rotating the ... read more

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