Using satellite data, researchers found that Earth gets brighter at night because of artificial lighting. What are some of the potential effects of light pollution on human health?
Earth/Environment November 26, 2017
Outdoor LED lights, with their energy-saving capabilities, were supposed to help solve the light pollution problem. However, the technology has backfired and made things worse, with the Earth slowly losing its nights to artificial light.
Earth/Environment November 22, 2017
Albedo measurements of the exoplanet WASP-12b suggest that the hot Jupiter, located about 1,400 light years away, appears pitch black. What causes the gas giant to reflect no light?
Space September 15, 2017
A new study finds that nocturnal pollinators visit plots with artificial lighting less compared to plots that remain dark. Researchers call for urgent action to reduce the negative impacts of artificial lighting on plant-pollinator interactions.
Earth/Environment August 3, 2017
What could be causing the mysterious flashes of light captured by the EPIC camera of the DSCOVR satellite? Here's a quick clue that scientists used: ice crystals up in the atmosphere.
Space May 16, 2017
A team of scientists in New Mexico sought out to investigate what causes the crackling sounds made by meteors when they fall to Earth. Researchers suggest such a phenomenon may be created by light.
Space February 8, 2017
Researchers from the University of Washington in St. Louis have captured a photonic Mach cone, or a sonic boom of light on video, using probably the world’s fastest camera.
Material Science January 24, 2017
Physicists have managed to cool down a microscopic drum using a technique that involves using squeezed light. How did the technique cool down the object to a temperature 10,000 times colder than the vacuum of space?
Material Science January 12, 2017
NASA's Kepler observatory spotted another star with a bizarre dimming of light, similar to what was observed in the 'alien megastructure star' KIC 8462852. Scientists think the dimming of RIK-210 is caused by clouds of particles in the magnetosphere.
Space December 24, 2016
Antimatter atom has been measured and the properties were validated against matter using optical spectrum. The new study also opens up a new era in high-precision antimatter research as shown by the CERN antimatter community.
Energy December 21, 2016
CERN scientists were able to compare the light spectrums of matter and antimatter by blasting anti-hydrogen atoms with laser. How did the result fare with predictions of the Standard Model of particle physics?
Energy December 19, 2016
The Begonia pavonina that lives in the dim rainforests of southeast Asia has metallic blue leaves. What is behind this color and how does it help the tropical plant adapt to its environment?
Earth/Environment October 24, 2016
Cities in the United States are likely to reevaluate their use of high-intensity LED lights after a warning in June linked the bulbs to several health conditions. Others, however, are not convinced of the light's negative effects.
Public Health September 26, 2016
Scientists have developed a new rubber band-like material that can scatter light in intense colors when stretched or twisted. The new ‘polymer opals’ can be manufactured at a massive scale, suggesting it can have a wide range of applications.
Material Science June 6, 2016
Bright lights could encourage healthy eating. A new study found that diners are more likely to order healthier food items when dining in well-lit establishments.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 27, 2016
Exposure to light sources influences sleep patterns. Now, a new study shows it may also affect metabolism and insulin resistance.
Healthy Living/Wellness May 21, 2016
Scientists have tracked protein reaction to light, deemed the first real-time snapshots of ultra-fast reactions in a bacterial light sensor. This is seen to help us better understand life-sustaining processes such as human vision.
Energy May 8, 2016
The highly elliptical orbit of exoplanet HD 20782 is unlike anything seen in our solar system. Its reflected light, too, may be key in studying its planetary atmosphere, one that can hurdle a brief yet blistering exposure to its star.
Space March 20, 2016
Sleep is an important way for the body to rejuvinate. Sleeping with artificial light disrupts the natural sleep cycle and the amount of sleep hormones produced in the body.
Life January 20, 2016
A thin, flexible film developed by researchers from the University of Michigan can detect biomarkers of cancer in the blood. It may eventually lead to the development of phone-sized cancer detection devices.
Life January 17, 2016
Measuring light in space can now be simulated in the lab, thanks to the efforts of researchers from Germany. The new method of studying light in curved spaces can be used to determine the sizes of stars close to the sun.
Space January 16, 2016
Researchers from MIT created an incandescent light bulb that has a special filter that allows it to recycle heat to serve as a source of power.
FUTURE TECH January 13, 2016
A laser spy camera can now locate moving objects hidden around corners. In the future, this laser camera is expected to assist drivers in working their way around bends to avoid collisions.
December 8, 2015
Elgato has released a new product called the Avea Flare, which is a lamp that charges wirelessly and can be used for eight hours, setting the mood of the room that it's in.
Gadgets November 12, 2015
How dark is the deepest shade of black? Just in time for Halloween, scientists have created the blackest material to date. It's so dark that it destroys all light, well almost.
Energy October 27, 2015
To address the issues found in smartphone cameras, Light used 16 tiny cameras in the L16. According to Light CEO and co-founder Dave Grannan, the L16 is able to provide all the functionality of a $6,000 DSLR camera gear.
Gadgets October 8, 2015
An ultrathin invisibility cloak has finally been developed by a group of researchers who have been working on it for about a decade. The invention is said to have valuable applications in optical computers, 3D displays and microscopes.
September 18, 2015
Physicists found a way to bind photons to form a two-atom molecule characterized by a strange type of force. The process could pave way to improvements in modern technologies that are based on light.
September 15, 2015
Why do people see unique yellow nearly the same way around the globe? How could seasonal changes affect vision?
August 9, 2015
The Art Motel in Las Vegas has a new room, where they say a couple may join together though quantum entanglement. Is this the hot new trend in marriage?
August 6, 2015
Use your smartphone as a remote to adjust the color of lighting in a room with the new 'smart' lightbulb and app from ilumi solutions.
Gadgets July 17, 2015
New Yorkers are expected to gather in large crowds as the last Manhattanhenge for 2015 is set to happen. People are also expected to ready their cameras as the sun spectacularly bathes the city in its glorious golden rays.
Earth/Environment July 13, 2015
Experts found that human eyes have the capability to see the third property of light aside from color and brightness. The super sense that the researchers discovered is said to be unknown to the majority of the population, including scientists.
Life July 1, 2015
Not sleeping right? It may have to do with the light you’re being exposed to. Reset your body clock and start sleeping better soon with these tips.
Internet Culture April 20, 2015
Optical processors are one step closer to reality after reasearchers developed a new means of bending light.
March 20, 2015
Scientists have developed a way to see through opaque objects. Further research in the field may yield benefits in the medical industry, which could allow physicians to easily peek through the human body.
February 18, 2015
Genes can now be controlled by light. Is this the first step toward medical care like that seen on Star Trek?
February 10, 2015
Scientists claim that they can slow down the speed of light by altering the shape of the photons. The latest findings provide new insight into the properties of light.
Energy January 24, 2015
Photons were made to interact with each other for the first time, potentially revolutionizing electronics.
FUTURE TECH November 3, 2014
A team of ANU physicists have come up with a new technique of moving objects to relatively further distance using a hollow laser beam. The tractor beam they have invented could potentially be used for controlling air pollution.
Energy October 23, 2014
This year's 2014 Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to a trio of physicists who changed lighting technology with their invention of the energy-efficient blue light-emitting diodes. LED technology is now widely used in data storage, high-speed networking and water purification, as well as consumer electronics.
Energy October 9, 2014
In an experiment, researchers designed an artificial atom to release phonons, or energy in the form of sound, instead of photons (light). They revealed that the atom produced a D-note.
Energy September 13, 2014
Bats can used polarized light at sunset to calibrate their internal compass for nighttime flight, study finds. Exact technique remains unknown, researchers admit.
Animals July 23, 2014
Light can't be stopped - but it can be trapped in a very small space for a period of time. Here is the latest in the quest to trap photons.
June 18, 2014
Researchers at the University of Rochester have discovered a method of creating nanocavities that can trap light longer than previously capable. Possible applications of the nanocavities include telecommunication devices and biosensing technologies.
Energy June 17, 2014