SUNRISE offers new insight on sun's atmosphere
Three months after the flight of the solar observatory Sunrise – carried aloft by a NASA scientific balloon in early June 2013—scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany ...
Study gets to the roots of plants' natural sunscreen
(Phys.org) —Plants bask in the sun and need its light to live, but they also coat themselves in a natural sunscreen like a sunbather on the beach, protecting themselves from damaging rays.
Enhancing microalgae growth to boost green energy production
(Phys.org) —A groundbreaking nanoparticle system which stimulates the growth of microalgae – a valuable resource used in the production of biofuels and medical compounds – has been developed by a team ...
Tiny antennas let long light waves see in infrared
(Phys.org) —University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed arrays of tiny nano-antennas that can enable sensing of molecules that resonate in the infrared (IR) spectrum.
Researchers' smartphone 'microscope' can detect a single virus, nanoparticles
(Phys.org) —Your smartphone now can see what the naked eye cannot: A single virus and bits of material less than one-thousandth of the width of a human hair.
Next-gen e-readers: Improved 'peacock' technology could lock in color for high-res displays
Iridescence, or sheen that shifts color depending on your viewing angle, is pretty in peacock feathers. But it's been a nuisance for engineers trying to mimic the birds' unique color mechanism to make high-resolution, reflective, ...
Orion's hidden fiery ribbon
(Phys.org) —This dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky. This orange glow represents faint light coming from grains of cold ...
One step to solar-cell efficiency: Researchers' chemical process may improve manufacturing
Rice University scientists have created a one-step process for producing highly efficient materials that let the maximum amount of sunlight reach a solar cell.
Light bursts out of a flying mirror
(Phys.org) —An international team of researchers succeeds in generating flashes of extreme ultraviolet radiation via the reflection from a mirror that moves close to the speed of light.
Nanophotonics technology enables a new kind of optical spectrometer
(Phys.org)—By bringing nanophotonics technology to traditional optical spectroscopy, a new kind of optical spectrometer with functions of sensing and spectral measurement has been recently demonstrated ...
Pink diamond 'behaviour' solved but colour still a mystery
UWA scientists have explained the photochromic behaviour of the pink diamond in an attempt to uncover why they possess their pink colouration.
First 'bone' of the Milky Way identified
(Phys.org)—Our Milky Way is a spiral galaxy—a pinwheel-shaped collection of stars, gas and dust. It has a central bar and two major spiral arms that wrap around its disk. Since we view the Milky Way from ...
Researchers build fully mechanical phonon laser
Research on cilia heats up: Implications for hearing, vision loss and kidney disease
Experiments at Johns Hopkins have unearthed clues about which protein signaling molecules are allowed into hollow, hair-like "antennae," called cilia, that alert cells to critical changes in their environments.