When light, not heat, causes melting

Study reveals the details of light-induced phase changes. The way that ordinary materials undergo a... Read More

Fluorescent dye could enable sharper biological imaging

Technique could allow doctors and researchers to generate clearer images of blood vessels and other... Read More

Physicists create new form of light

Newly observed optical state could enable quantum computing with photons. Try a quick experiment: Take... Read More

Engineers create plants that glow

Illumination from nanobionic plants might one day replace some electrical lighting. Imagine that instead... Read More

Tiny “motors” are driven by light

Researchers demonstrate nanoscale particles that ordinary light sources can set spinning. Science fiction... Read More

Learning with light: New system allows optical “deep learning”

Neural networks could be implemented more quickly using new photonic technology. “Deep learning”... Read More

Bacteria with multicolor vision

Red, green, and blue light can be used to control gene expression in engineered E. coli. MIT researchers... Read More

Technique enables adaptable 3-D printing

Once fabricated, objects can be altered by adding new polymers. Three-dimensional printing technology... Read More

How photosynthetic pigments
harvest light

New model could help scientists design materials for artificial photosynthesis. Plants and other photosynthetic... Read More

Unique visual stimulation may be new treatment for Alzheimer’s

Noninvasive technique reduces beta amyloid plaques in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. Using LED... Read More

Mapping buried magnetism

MIT researchers use an optical technique to probe magnetism at a hidden interface between two exotic... Read More

Stretchy optical fibers for implanting
in the body

Biocompatible fibers could use light to stimulate cells or sense signs of disease. Researchers from... Read More

‘Light Matrix (MIT)’ by Leo Villareal

Leo Villareal’s Light Matrix (MIT), 2016, comprises 240 stainless steel rods, each of which contains... Read More

Algorithm could enable visible-light-based imaging for medical devices, autonomous vehicles

System accounts for the deflection of light particles passing through animal tissue or fog. MIT researchers... Read More

Using light to control genome editing

New technique offers precise manipulation of when and where genes are targeted. The genome-editing system... Read More