Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
A team of international scientists involved in the XENON100 project have demonstrated the sensitivity of their detector and recorded results that challenge several dark matter models and a longstanding claim of dark matter detection.
Benita Zahn visits Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center to speak with Professor Mariana Figueiro about a new study utilizing tailored lighting to benefit individuals with Alzheimer’s.
“Lighting is really not about a fixture in the ceiling anymore,” said Mariana Figueiro, who leads light and health research at the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “It’s about delivering individualized light treatments to people.”
Troy, N.Y. - Nano-photonics expert and physics professor Shawn-Yu Lin has discovered a new type of thermal radiation—in between the two extremes of blackbody radiation and laser light—that could contribute to a cheaper, easier solution for converting sunlight to electricity.
Physicist Christian Wetzel has been appointed associate dean of science for research and graduate programs in the School of Science.
Jessica Bloustein Marshall of WAMC Northeast Public Radio visited the Lighting Research Center’s adaptive matrix headlight test site last Monday evening to interview John Bullough, LRC Director of Transportation and Safety Lighting Programs.
The disconcerting and often dangerous sensation of being blinded by an oncoming driver who failed to turn down high-beam headlights may become a thing of the past, if European headlight technology can pass muster in the U.S. Some testing on the lights is being done at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where senior researcher John Bullough is examining the so-called "matrix lights" on an Audi A7 luxury sedan.
Screens before bedtime harm sleep. The effect is biggest for teenagers. Mariana Figueiro and her colleagues at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, studied people aged 15 to 17. Melatonin levels were 23% lower after an hour of looking at a screen. After two hours, they were 38% lower.
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