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NASA's infrared vision reveals Tropical Cyclone Haleh's power
Tropical Cyclone Haleh maintained an eye as NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead and collected temperature information on the storm and the ocean waters it was moving through. (2019-03-05)

New shapes of laser beam 'sneak' through opaque media
Researchers have found a way to pre-treat a laser beam so that it enters opaque surfaces without dispersing -- like a headlight that's able to cut through heavy fog at full strength. The discovery from scientists at Yale University and the Missouri University of Science & Technology has potential applications for deep-tissue imaging and optogenetics, in which light is used to probe and manipulate cells in living tissue. (2019-03-04)

New quantum sensor could improve cancer treatment
A new quantum sensor developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing has proven it can outperform existing technologies and promises significant advancements in long-range 3D imaging and monitoring the success of cancer treatments. (2019-03-04)

Chirality yields colossal photocurrent
Typically, light is converted to electricity by chemically altering a semiconductor to have a built-in electric field. A team of researchers from Boston College, the University of California Los Angeles, and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne have developed an alternative means using a unique semimetal that intrinsically generates direct current through the nonlinear mixing of the waves of light. (2019-03-04)

Luminescent bacteria in squid light organ drive systemic changes in host
A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, revealed that luminescent bacteria, which live harmoniously inside the Hawaiian bobtail squid's light organ, change the gene expression in other organs of their squid host. (2019-03-04)

Drying without dying: How resurrection plants survive without water
A small group of plants known as 'resurrection plants' can survive months or even years without water. The research team of Kobe University's Graduate School of Agricultural Science, led by Professor Dr. Roumiana Tsenkova, in collaboration with a research group from Agrobioinstitute in Sofia, Bulgaria, led by Professor Dr. Dimitar Djilianov, made a significant step forward in understanding how they do it. (2019-03-03)

Koala-spotting drones proves a flying success
QUT researchers have developed an innovative method for detecting koala populations using drones and infrared imaging that is more reliable and less invasive than traditional animal population monitoring techniques. (2019-03-01)

A new technique allows researchers to focus the action of drugs via infrared light
A scientific team led by the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona manages to efficiently activate molecules located inside cell tissues using two-photon excitation of with infrared light lasers. The results of the study, published in Nature Communications, represent a breakthrough in photopharmacology and open new lines of research in molecular neurobiology and photomedicine. (2019-03-01)

Hiding black hole found
Astronomers have detected a stealthy black hole from its effects on an interstellar gas cloud. This intermediate mass black hole is one of over 100 million quiet black holes expected to be lurking in our Galaxy. These results provide a new method to search for other hidden black holes and help us understand the growth and evolution of black holes. (2019-02-28)

Nanotechnology makes it possible for mice to see in infrared
Mice with vision enhanced by nanotechnology were able to see infrared light as well as visible light, reports a study published Feb. 28 in the journal Cell. A single injection of nanoparticles in the mice's eyes bestowed infrared vision for up to 10 weeks with minimal side effects, allowing them to see infrared light even during the day and with enough specificity to distinguish between different shapes. (2019-02-28)

UMMS scientists develop technology to give night vision to mammals
A new study in the journal Cell describes how UMass Medical School biochemist Gang Han, PhD, and colleagues developed technology to give night vision to mammals with a simple injection that contains nanoantennae, allowing the animals to see light beyond the visible spectrum, into the range of infrared light. (2019-02-28)

NASA catches Tropical Cyclone Pola near Fiji
Tropical Cyclone Pola was passing near the Southern Pacific country of Fiji when NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed the storm in infrared light and found it strengthening. (2019-02-27)

Light wakes up freshwater bacteria
Some of the bacteria that live in ponds grow faster during the day, even if they don't take in sunlight as an energy source, suggesting the existence of special genes that absorb light. (2019-02-27)

Electrically-heated silicate glass appears to defy Joule's first law
A group of scientists from Lehigh University and Corning Incorporated have authored a paper published today in Nature Scientific Reports that details their discovery that electrically-heated common, homogeneous silicate glasses appear to defy Joule's first law. (2019-02-26)

NASA finds heavy rainfall potential in new Tropical Cyclone Pola
Tropical Cyclone Pola formed in the South Pacific Ocean on Feb. 26 and the Fiji Meteorological Services quickly heavy rain posted warnings. NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed cloud top temperatures in the storm which gave an indication of the storm's strength. (2019-02-26)

New NASA mission could find more than 1,000 planets
A NASA telescope that will give humans the largest, deepest, clearest picture of the universe since the Hubble Space Telescope could find as many as 1,400 new planets outside Earth's solar system, new research suggests. (2019-02-25)

Entangling photons of different colors
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a novel way to entangle two photons--one with a wavelength suitable for quantum-computing devices and the other for fiber-optics transmissions. (2019-02-25)

NASA-NOAA satellite analyzes Typhoon Wutip
Typhoon Wutip was impacting the Federated States of Micronesia in the Southern Pacific Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and analyzed the storm in infrared light. (2019-02-22)

Illinois researchers are first to count growth factors in single cells
In a recent paper published in Nature Communications, University of Illinois professor Andrew Smith reported the invention of a new technology platform that digitally counts, for the first time ever, the amount of growth factor entering an individual cell. Prior to this, researchers inferred growth factor binding based on how the receiving cells responded when the growth factor molecules were introduced. (2019-02-22)

Astronomers from UCI, other institutions use new technique to find extrasolar planets
Scientists from the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have begun using the Habitable Planet Finder, a spectrograph coupled with the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory in Texas, to hunt for exoplanets at M-dwarf stars. (2019-02-21)

NASA takes an infrared analysis of Tropical Cyclone Oma
An infrared look by NASA's Aqua satellite revealed where the strongest storms were located within the Southern Pacific Ocean's Tropical Cyclone Oma. (2019-02-21)

NASA infrared image shows powerful center of Typhoon Wutip
NASA's Aqua satellite provided a look at the temperatures in Tropical Cyclone Wutip as it threatens Chuuk and Yap States in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Wutip has strengthened into a typhoon. (2019-02-21)

NASA-NOAA satellite looks at large-eyed Tropical Cyclone Oma
Tropical Cyclone Oma is a large hurricane with a big eye. The storm appeared well-organized on satellite imagery as it moved through the Southern Pacific Ocean. (2019-02-20)

Thermally-painted metasurfaces yield perfect light absorbers for high-tech applications
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio report their insights into how colors are generated on heated metal surfaces and apply those findings to create a nickel thin-film that perfectly absorbs red light. (2019-02-20)

Penn State's Habitable Zone Planet Finder enables discovery of planets around cool stars
A new astronomical spectrograph provides the highest precision measurements to date of infrared signals from nearby stars, allowing astronomers to detect planets capable of having liquid water on their surfaces that orbit cool stars outside our solar system. (2019-02-20)

Firefly-inspired surfaces improve efficiency of LED lightbulbs
A new type of light-emitting diode lightbulb could one day light homes and reduce power bills, according to Penn State researchers who suggest that LEDs made with firefly-mimicking structures could improve efficiency. (2019-02-19)

Citizen scientist finds ancient white dwarf star with enigmatic dust rings
Volunteer working with the Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project has found the oldest and coldest known white dwarf star, ringed by dust and debris. (2019-02-19)

New technology captures movement of quantum particles with unprecedented resolution
A new Tel Aviv University study explores the activity of quantum particles in 2D materials within an unprecedented small time frame and at an extraordinarily high spatial resolution. These are highly sought-after capabilities for advanced communications technologies and for photonics-based quantum computers. (2019-02-19)

NIST 'Astrocomb' opens new horizons for planet-hunting telescope
The hunt for Earth-like planets, and perhaps extraterrestrial life, just got more precise, thanks to record-setting starlight measurements made possible by a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 'astrocomb.' (2019-02-19)

Citizen scientist finds ancient white dwarf star encircled by puzzling rings
The oldest and coldest known white dwarf -- an Earth-sized remnant of a sun-like star that has died -- could be the first known white dwarf with multiple dust rings. The discovery, made by a volunteer working with the NASA-led Backyard Worlds: Planet 9 project, forces researchers to reconsider models of planetary systems. (2019-02-19)

'Seeing' tails help sea snakes avoid predators
New research has revealed the fascinating adaptation of some Australian sea snakes that helps protect their vulnerable paddle-shaped tails from predators. (2019-02-15)

Pitt bioengineers create ultrasmall, light-activated electrode for neural stimulation
In a recently published paper, the University of Pittsburgh's Takashi D. Y. Kozai detailed a less invasive method of neural stimulation that would use an untethered ultrasmall electrode activated by light, a technique that may mitigate damage done by current methods. (2019-02-15)

Controlling and visualizing receptor signals in neural cells with light
Using a novel optogenetic tool, researchers have successfully controlled, reproduced and visualized serotonin receptor signals in neural cells. To this end, they modified a photosensitive membrane receptor in the eye, namely melanopsin. They were able to switch the receptor on and off using light; it also acted like a sensor indicating via fluorescence if specific signalling pathways in the cell had been activated. The sensor was, moreover, specifically designed to migrate to those domains in the neural cells that are sensitive to the neurotransmitter serotonin. (2019-02-14)

Running an LED in reverse could cool future computers
In a finding that runs counter to a common assumption in physics, researchers at the University of Michigan ran a light emitting diode (LED) with electrodes reversed in order to cool another device mere nanometers away. (2019-02-13)

Laser physics: Transformation through light
Laser physicists have taken snapshots of how C60 carbon molecules react to extremely short pulses of intense infrared light. (2019-02-12)

Across the spectrum: Researchers find way to stabilize color of light in next-gen material
Researchers have found a way to stabilize the color of light emitted from a class of next-generation materials. (2019-02-11)

Basis of efficient blue-green light harvesting and photoprotection in diatoms revealed
Diatoms are abundant photosynthetic organisms in aquatic environments; they contribute 20 percent of global primary productivity. Their fucoxanthin (Fx) chlorophyll (Chl) a/c-binding proteins (FCPs) have exceptional light harvesting and photoprotection capabilities. However, the structure of the FCP proteins and arrangement of pigments within them remain unknown. A research team from the Key Laboratory of Photobiology, Institute of Botany solved the crystal structure of an FCP protein from a marine pennate diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. (2019-02-11)

Skyglow over key wildlife areas
Light pollution affects the skies over most of the world's key wildlife areas, new research shows. (2019-02-10)

Gummy-like robots that could help prevent disease
EPFL scientists have developed microscopic, hydrogel-based muscles that can manipulate and mechanically stimulate biological tissue. These soft, biocompatible robots could be used for targeted therapy and to help diagnose and prevent disease. (2019-02-08)

New phenomenon discovered that fixes a common problem in lasers: Wavelength splitting
A team led by University of Utah physicists has discovered how to fix a major problem that occurs in lasers made from a new type of material called quantum dots. The never-before-seen phenomenon will be important for an emerging field of photonics research, including one day making micro-chips that code information using light instead of electrons. (2019-02-08)

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