Artificial leaf captures light to power drug production

artificial_leaf_tue Drug production is generally a matter of big factories churning out millions of aspirin or ibuprofen tablets a day, but there’s a lot to be said for manufacturing common drugs on a small scale, close to where they’re used. Researchers from the Netherlands have created an efficient and simple method for doing so that uses a method much like plants have for making their own resources. Read More

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“Anti-smartphone” Light Phone runs into delays

light-phone For people who feel that we are a little bit too connected these days, Kickstarter project Light Phone was promising a respite. It was scheduled to ship in May this year, but has seen a number of setbacks. This week, the company issued a statement. It says that while it missed its goal, it hopes to start shipping late this month. Read More

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Lume Cube is back on Kickstarter with a smartphone-friendly light source

Lume Cube When Lume Cube first crashed into the world’s consciousness, they did so with an $ 80 smartphone-controlled, waterproof light aimed at the GoPro-loving extreme sports market. Today, the company launched a Kickstarter campaign for Life Lite, its followup. Life Lite is 33% less bright, but also half the price and half the size. The new addition is aimed at people shooting live video with… Read More

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Light raises $30M and announces L16 camera is delayed until 2017

prototype building If you were eagerly awaiting your “late summer” delivery of your pre-ordered Light L16 camera, today will bring an impatient tear to your eye. In parallel with announcing having raised $ 30 million from GV (nee Google Ventures), the company sent out an email to early supporters telling them they’d have to wait for a while longer — until “Early 2017,” that is. Read More

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Researchers pack massive amounts of data into a stream of light

srep27674-f4 If you’re hungry for a little holographic data storage and transfer this morning have I got a flapjack for you. Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg have packed 100 times more data into a light stream by using a pair of holographic Spatial Light Modulators to encode and decode transmissions. Their paper, which has been published in Nature, details a… Read More

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