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Earth Day Today: Over 95 Percent Of The World Is Breathing Unsafe Air | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/environment/over-95-percent-of-the-world-is-breathing-unsafe-air/ Seven billion people, over 95 percent of the world’s population, are breathing air that contains unhealthy levels of pollution. 60 percent of the world is living in areas that don’t even meet the most basic standards of air quality. The findings come from the State of Global Air 2018 (PDF), an annual assessment by

Physicist Uses Regular Digital Camera to Photograph A Single Atom

http://www.iflscience.com/physics/physicist-uses-regular-digital-camera-to-photograph-a-single-atom/ In 2012, Australian physicists captured the first image of a single atom. The process was painstaking and required a super-high resolution microscope. A new photograph taken by Oxford University physics PhD candidate David Nadlinger using only an ordinary digital camera shows a single, glowing-blue strontium atom hovering within a powerful vacuum chamber. It earned

Physicist Have Created A New Form Of Light That Can Interact Like Atoms | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/physics/physicist-have-created-a-new-form-of-light-that-can-interact-like-atoms/ American researchers have been able to create a three-photon bound state that represents a completely new form of light. As reported in Science, the researchers have been looking at complex interactions between photons for years. They obtained a two-photon state in 2013.

Scientists Are Creating Lasers So Powerful They Could Turn Light Into Matter | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/physics/scientists-are-creating-lasers-so-powerful-they-could-tear-matter-out-of-empty-space/ For over 11 decades we have known that matter and energy are interchangeable. The development of nuclear power has shown us that matter can be converted into energy. Three projects top the “one to watch list” of the laser world, are planned to completely annihilate the current record for laser power, which is 5.3

Programmable Liquid Droplets from MIT Improve Every Aspect of Lab Work

https://blog.hackster.io/programmable-liquid-droplets-from-mit-improve-every-aspect-of-lab-work-59425428590f This special a lab-on-a-chip can programmatically move tiny droplets of liquids. This chip is a printed circuit board (PCB) with an array of small metallic plates that can be charged or discharged individually. When a droplet of liquid is resting on the board, that charging/discharging can precisely move it using the principle of electrowetting.

Artificial Intelligence Recreates Images From Inside The Human Brain | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/artificial-intelligence-recreates-images-from-inside-the-human-brain/?utm_source=Editorial&utm_medium=Static&utm_campaign=JC This looks like wild sci-fi: A team of researchers say they have used machine-learning to recreate images in our brains, from pictures subjects were looking at to things they remember seeing. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the team said they were able to reconstruct images seen by our brains.

It’s surprisingly easy to program living tissue to form new 3D shapes | TechCrunch

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/28/its-surprisingly-easy-to-program-living-tissue-to-form-new-3d-shapes/?ncid=rss&utm_source=tcfbpage&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29&utm_content=FaceBook&sr_share=facebook The boundary between biology and technology blurs further and further as researchers make discoveries. Now it seems that it’s relatively simple to essentially hack living tissue by programming a pattern into cells, making them grow and fold on their own into shapes like bowls, coils, and boxes. The DNA patterns result in layers of

Engineers produce breakthrough sensor for photography, life sciences, security

https://m.phys.org/news/2017-12-breakthrough-sensor-photography-life-sciences.html Engineers from Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering have produced a new imaging technology that may revolutionize low light imaging. Called the Quanta Image Sensor, or QIS, this new light sensing technologyenables highly sensitive digital imaging in low light situations. QIS technology is able to reliably capture and count single photons, with resolution as high as one megapixel.  This