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Ever tried a 'laser delicious' apple?

The ability to detect when to harvest "climacteric" fruits—such as apples, bananas, pears and tomatoes—at the precise moment to ensure "peak edibleness" in terms of both taste and texture may soon be ...

Dec 03, 2014
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Giving LEDs a cozy, warm glow

When the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded this October to three Japanese-born scientists for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs), the prize committee declared LED lamps would light the ...

Nov 19, 2014
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Optical 'watermills' control spinning light

Scientists at King's have built on research they conducted last year to achieve previously unseen levels of control over the travelling direction of electromagnetic wave in waveguides and proved that the ...

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N. Korea suffers another Internet shutdown

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Finding faster-than-light particles by weighing them

New materials for more powerful solar cells

Applying a thin film of metallic oxide significantly boosts the performance of solar panel cells—as recently demonstrated by Professor Federico Rosei and his team at the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research ...

Smartphones team-up with QR codes for secure 3-D displays

Quick Response (QR) codes—the box-shaped symbols that appear on signs, posters, and even business cards—are a convenient and efficient way of accessing specific web pages with a smartphone or other mobile device. However, ...

Creating bright X-ray pulses in the laser lab

To create X-rays—short wave radiation—scientists at TU Vienna start out with very long wavelengths—infrared laser. Long wavelength laser pulses rip atoms out of metal and accelerate them, which leads ...

New research lights the way to super-fast computers

New research published today in the journal Nature Communications, has demonstrated how glass can be manipulated to create a material that will allow computers to transfer information using light. This development could ...

Can astronomy explain the biblical Star of Bethlehem?

Key N. Korean websites back online after shutdown

Supersonic laser-propelled rockets

Scientists and science fiction writers alike have dreamt of aircrafts that are propelled by beams of light rather than conventional fuels. Now, a new method for improving the thrust generated by such laser-propulsion ...

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