Many bacteria use sunlight as an energy source. The energy gained from a solar ray absorbed by a molecule, however, lasts only for a very short time (a mere 0.000000001 seconds!) before it dissipates away and is lost. Within this short time, machinery in the bacterial cell must store the light energy in a longer-lasting form so that it can be used later. A series of reviews describes how bacteria exploit quantum physics to bottle the energy of sunlight for a sufficiently long time to fully…
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Single gold nanoparticle acts as a lighthouse Researchers at FOM Institute AMOLF have discovered a novel method to create directional beams of light on the nanoscale based on a simple single-element nanoantenna design. The insights from this work could be used in the future to design very small light directors for nanoscale sensing applications in biology and photonics. Press Release February 4, 2014 Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter ( FOM )
Higgs-like particle still looking like the Higgs March 06, 2013 Scientists have started to exclude some of the more exotic scenarios for the Higgs-like boson. Kathryn Jepsen The Higgs-like boson discovered in 2012 is looking more Higgs-like, scientists on experiments at the Large Hadron Collider said in presentations at the Rencontres de Moriond physics conference today.