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Sony Bravia A1 OLED (KD-65A1)
Lest you’ve forgotten, back in 2008 Sony launched the world’s very first OLED TV. The XEL-1 was lovely too, delivering breathtaking picture quality from a gorgeous design. There was a problem with this...
Why changing your light bulb could help you sleep better
A new study says replacing regular light bulbs with a special bulb that emits less blue light could get you to fall asleep faster. Michael Breus, clinical psychologist and a specialist in sleep medicine,...
LG sees the light: V30 has the biggest smartphone camera aperture to date
With the LG V30 set to be officially revealed at the end of the month, LG has announced that its upcoming flagship handset will incorporate an F1.6 aperture camera in its dual camera setup. This means...
The A to Z of Photography: Aperture
Together with shutter speed and ISO, the aperture setting on your camera is one of the three fundamental elements of exposure. Not only that, but aperture plays an important part in the look and feel...
Enormous exoplanet has an atmosphere hot enough to boil iron
Hot and heavyUniversity of ExeterBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationA huge planet beyond the solar system has an upper atmosphere hot enough to boil iron. Its infrared glow gave it away. An international...
Flatworms can still ‘see’ even after they are decapitated
Headless flatworms still react to UV lightShettigar et al., Sci. Adv. 2017;3: e1603025By Aylin WoodwardOff with their heads. Light-averse planarian flatworms, known for their incredible ability to regenerate...
Cosmic barbecue: Researchers spot 60 new 'hot Jupiter' candidates
Hot Jupiters constitute a class of gas giant planets located so close to their parent stars that they take less than a week to complete an orbit. Second-year Ph.D. student Sarah Millholland and astronomy...
Using light to reset the body clock can treat brain disorders
Bright prospects for light therapyAngela Wyant/GettyBy Linda GeddesBILLIONS of dollars have been spent in search of treatments for psychiatric conditions and brain disorders, when a cheap and effective...
Making a bee-line for new camera technology
The way humans perceive colour varies with the time of day, or rather the amount of sunlight falling on an object. And, unfortunately, current technology is as limited in color perception as the human...
World first: New polymer goes for a walk when illuminated
Scientists have developed a new material that can undulate and therefore propel itself forward under the influence of light. To this end, they clamp a strip of this polymer material in a rectangular frame....
One billion suns: World's brightest laser sparks new behavior in light
By focusing laser light to a brightness one billion times greater than the surface of the sun -- the brightest light ever produced on Earth -- the physicists have observed changes in a vision-enabling...
Synthetic iris could let cameras react to light like our eyes do
Looking ahead to an eye-tech futureWIN-Initiative/Neleman/GettyBy Leah CraneAn artificial iris can open and close in response to sunlight without any other outside control, just like the ones in your...
Quantum thermometer or optical refrigerator?
Described in a pair of new papers in Science and Physical Review Letters, the potential applications include chip-based temperature sensors for electronics and biology that would never need to be adjusted...
Deep-space craft to join hunt for new planets
Dubbed PLATO, the mission may fundamentally change what humanity believes of its place in the universe.PLATO is going to "address fundamental questions such as 'how common are Earth-like planets?' and...
Amazon Echo's new feature lets you know when you should check your messages
Amazon Echo's newest trick — calling and text via the Alexa digital assistant — may have already gotten a sorely needed improvement, but the smart speaker is about to get yet another new feature that...
These two lights are not just smart home devices, but crime fighters without the capes
Much like Ring's LED, Toucan's smart security light can be retrofitted to an existing outdoor lights via a USB connection, and features a high-definition camera, a two-way communication system, and a...
Better with QLED: why movies and TV look amazing on Samsung's new tellies
With 4K and high-dynamic-range (HDR) content becoming more readily available with every passing day, it’s never been more crucial to own a television that’s up to the task of providing the best possible...
Bacteria engineered to produce living, full-colour photographs
Lasts for yearsFelice FrankelBy Andy CoghlanBlind gut bacteria have received the gift of colour vision – of sorts. The bugs can use their new skill to make living photocopies of colourful pictures shone...
Weird energy beam seems to travel five times the speed of light
Trick of the lightNASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)By Joshua SokolPlease welcome to the stage a master illusionist. An energy beam that stabs out of galaxy M87 like a toothpick in a cocktail...
Google's Night Light for Chromebooks looks to help you sleep better
Enjoy using your Chromebook at night? You (or at least your eyes) might enjoy the next feature making its way to Google's laptop operating system.Keen-eyed Reddit users have spotted a "Night Light" mode...
Nanotech prints colors that will never fade
Laser printers that "sculpt" images at miniscule scales could one day make color photos that don't fade over time the way ink does, according to a new study.Researchers at the Technical University of Denmark...
20 ways graphene is about to change your life
It's strong, it's flexible, and it's here. After a long time cooking in the labs, the first graphene-based products are beginning to trickle out into the world of smartphones, wearables, batteries, virtual...
Nation’s tallest public art to top Salesforce Tower
A brilliantly dynamic nine-story electronic sculpture will top the new Salesforce Tower with ever-changing LED light in what is being touted as the tallest public art installation in the United States,...
First light for world's biggest X-ray laser
The laser's light is a billion times brighter than the typical light sources normally used in particle accelerators.As X-rays have a wavelength of 0.8 nanometres, almost 500 times shorter than visible...
NASA photo shows dark streak across Arabian Sea
The forces of darkness seem to be coalescing in the Arabian Sea in a spooky satellite image taken from space.But the eerie supernatural effect, in which the tentacles of darkness seem to be intruding into...
Desk traffic lights show when you’re too busy for interruptions
Green light to talk to meFlowLight TeamBy Matt ReynoldsCan’t you see I’m busy? A desk-mounted traffic light system automatically measures how hard a person is working to tell would-be interrupters when...
New breakthrough in battery charging technology
A new study has introduced a new battery charging technology that uses light to charge batteries. This newly-developed power source is designed to work under sunlight and indoor lighting, allowing users...
Light can be utilized to control gene function
Light can be used as an accurate method to control gene expression, shows groundbreaking optogenetics study. In a new study, the researchers were able to induce and inhibit the expression of genes in mammalian...
Volunteers spot four super-Earths orbiting sun-like star
it’s over here…NASAAFTER just two days, volunteer scientists taking part in a planet-hunting project have discovered four super-Earths orbiting a sun-like star. This brings the count of stars with four...
Three quarters of deep-sea animals make their own light
In the first quantitative analysis of deep-sea bioluminescence, researchers show that three quarters of the animals in Monterey Bay from the surface down to 4,000 meters deep can produce their own light....
Twisted semiconductors could help project moving holograms
Emergency message of the future?20th Century FoxBy Jennifer OuelletteA new method for mass-assembling semiconductors into fusilli pasta shapes could one day lead to moving holograms projected right from...
Dim future for GE's light bulb?
Selling its light bulbs to the world for more than 125 years, General Electric grew into one of the biggest conglomerates in the world. But according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, GE might be...
Download of the day: XnRetro
XnRetroXnRetro is a fun and easy way to give ordinary photos an old-school twist.This is no simple Instagram-alike, though. In addition to 20 fully adjustable vintage filters, XnRetro also includes a...
Earth-sized telescope set to snap first picture of a black hole
One of many eyes on the skyESO/B. TafreshiBy Leah CraneGET ready to peer into the unknown. This week, we will have our first chance to take a picture of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our...
A scanner darkly: how your flatbed could be at risk from a smart bulb
Increasingly of late, we’ve been hearing about how various pieces of hardware can be hacked in improbable sounding ways – like your monitor, for example – and here’s another: your scanner could potentially...
For the birds: New prediction method sheds brighter light on flight
Researchers have found a new way to precisely measure the vortices -- circular patterns of rotating air -- created by birds' wings during flight. The results shed greater light on how these creatures produce...
Millimeter telescope array spots early galaxies in “super halos” of gas
Enlarge / Artist's impression of a progenitor of galaxies like the Milky Way, seen when the Universe was only 1.5 billion years old. New observations reveal that these galaxies are surrounded by massive...
Airline carries passengers into Southern Lights
On March 23, airline passengers caught a breathtaking view of the aurora australis — the spectacular celestial light show also known as the Southern Lights — from midair, on a flight booked to fly them...
Putting light in a spin generates a ring of fire on gold film
Enlarge / The evolution of the vortex over femtoseconds.Spektor et. al. reader comments 1 Share this story The late 20th and early 21st century have seen a revolution in the study of light. Far from the...
Is the dark really making me sad?
Enlarge / If it's dark outside seemingly all the time, you must find ways to cope.Sara Andreasson reader comments 2 Share this story How do Scandinavians deal with long, dark winters? For Mosaic, Linda...
Blue glow in Tasmania Bay may signal trouble
An ethereal blue light riding the waves along a beach in Tasmania may be enchanting, but it’s actually a signal that the bay may be in danger. That’s because the eerie glow comes from a bloom of bioluminescent...
Wi-fi on rays of light: 100 times faster, and never overloaded
Slow wi-fi is a source of irritation that nearly everyone experiences. Researchers have come up with a surprising solution: a wireless network based on harmless infrared rays. The capacity is not only...
Everything is illuminated: Vivid Sydney returns with dazzling delights
Vivid Sydney is one of the nation’s principal cultural events, featuring a menagerie of forward-thinking performances, installations, and presentations running over three weeks and sprawled across some...
Luminous frog is the first known naturally fluorescent amphibian
A light in the darkCarlos Taboada et al.By Sam WongShine on you crazy frog. The polka-dot tree frog is the first amphibian known to be naturally fluorescent. Fluorescence, which happens when a substance...
Distant energy flashes could be proof of aliens
Discovered in 2007, Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are intense radio pulses lasting up to a millisecond.Their origins remain unknown, and fewer than two dozen have been detected by the world's largest radio...
Smart lighting specialist, Sengled, has added a wireless IP camera to its energy efficient lamp to create a staggeringly simple security system (priced at £180 – around $220, AU$290). In fact, the combination...
Where do flowers come from? Shedding light on Darwin’s 'abominable mystery'
The mystery that is the origin of flowering plants has been partially solved thanks to a team of scientists. Their discovery sheds light on a question that much intrigued Darwin: the appearance of a structure...
Google’s latest space-themed Doodle is exceptionally clever
reader comments 1 Share this story On Wednesday, a team of astronomers revealed the discovery of a planetary system less than 40 light years away containing seven Earth-sized planets. The system's star...
Buttercups focus light to heat their flowers and attract insects
Nigel Cattlin/FLPA BUTTERCUPS have a trick for warming their flowers that may be unique to this group of plants. Inside each flower petal, special cells create two layers of air that deflect the light...
Astronomers are preparing to create the first image of an actual black hole
An international team of researchers is coming to the conclusion of a 20-year project to design a telescope capable of imaging a black hole. That's no easy task. Black holes are black because light can't...
‘Meditating mice’ reveal secrets of mindfulness training
Peter Mulligan/GettyBy Sam Wong Can a mouse be mindful? Researchers believe they have created the world’s first mouse model of meditation by using light to trigger brain activity similar to what meditation...
Observations catch a supernova three hours after it exploded
Enlarge / The remains of an earlier Type II supernova.NASA reader comments 6 Share this story The skies are full of transient events. If you don't happen to have a telescope pointed at the right place...
Starlight test shows quantum world has been weird for 600 years
Entanglement is written in the starsNarathip Ruska/AlamyBy Leah CraneOur universe has been ruled by weirdness for at least six centuries. If the quantum effects in a new experiment aren’t genuine, but...
7 Apple patents that will shape the Apple Watch 3 and beyond
The Apple Watch 2 might be the current cream of the smartwatch crop, but it’s still far from the finished article.Yes, it addressed many of the issues we all had with the original model – battery life:...
Discovery of new fossil from half billion years ago sheds light on life on Earth
A new species of fossil has been discovered that will shed light on early animal ecosystems. Investigators discovered the new species while conducting a survey of microfossils in mudstones from western...
Focusing light through frosted glass leads to new 3D display technology
Enlarge / We're not at the hand-held hologram projector state yet, but we're getting there. reader comments 1 Share this story Sometimes it amazes me how fast physics goes from fundamental ideas to producing a...
Light-speed camera snaps light’s “sonic boom” for the first time
Trick of the light – simulation of the light’s Mach coneLiang et al. Sci. Adv.2017;3:e1601814By Leah CraneA light-speed event requires an even faster camera. A new camera setup has captured the first...
Magnetic recording with light and no heat
A strong short light pulse can record data on a magnetic layer of yttrium iron garnet doped with Co-ions. The novel mechanism outperforms existing alternatives allowing ever fastest write-read magnetic...
OLED TV: what you need to know
OLED: It's an acronym you've probably heard before in reference to the highest-grade television sets on the market, but maybe you're unsure exactly what it means and, more importantly, why it's so important...
Measuring how perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power
Researchers have directly shown that electrons generated when light strikes a well-oriented perovskite film are unrestricted by grain boundaries and travel long distances without deteriorating. Identification...
The CEO of $2 billion start-up GitHub is stepping down
GitHub, a start-up whose products software developers use to store and collaborate on code, on Thursday said that its CEO, co-founder Chris Wanstrath, will step down. Wanstrath will remain on the board...
Here is where cellular carriers are increasing coverage for the solar eclipse
The four largest cell phone carriers in the U.S. are all deploying several portable cell towers to step up coverage for the massive crowds expected to gather during the solar eclipse. Verizon, AT&T, Sprint...
Why IBM sends its best employees abroad for four weeks
VISIT CNBC.COMX Leadership LeadershipWhy IBM sends its best employees abroad for four weeks Ruth Umoh | @ruthumohnews 49 Mins Ago CNBC.com SHARES Suspending a company's most productive employees from...
Shipping company Maersk says a huge cyberattack could cost it up to $300 million
Container shipping company A.P. Moller Maersk on Tuesday said it expects that computer issues triggered by the NotPetya cyberattack will cost the company as much as $300 million in lost revenue. "In the...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark