The latest light & health study by Rensselaer Professor Mariana Figueiro of the Lighting Research Center is presented in this audio piece that was featured on the homepage of Economist.com
Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
"We can take for granted that LED headlights and signal lights are going to be bright enough and use a lot less power," says John D. Bullough, senior research scientist at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. "So now the focus is on performance..."
A new program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lighting Research Center seeks to make OLED lighting more practical to manufacture -- and more affordable for consumers.
K.V. Lakshmi, an associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Solar Energy is leading a team of 14 scientists working to unlock the secret of how plants use sunlight to split water molecules and release electricity.
Rensselaer Professor Russ Leslie, Associate Director of the Lighting Research Center, speaks with The Wall Street Journal about daylighting in office buildings.
Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York in the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, will give the keynote address at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Rensselaer Center for Future Energy Systems on Feb. 26.
The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York is developing a system that could transform people's homes and lives by regulating the amount of light to which they are exposed. At its heart is a device known as a Daysimeter, which was developed by a team led by Professors Mark Rea and Mariana Figueiro.
For a good night’s sleep, here is some expert advice: Turn off, turn in and drop off. Anyone who does the opposite — say, turning on an iPad or other similar electronic reader in bed — may have a harder time both dropping off to sleep and shaking that groggy feeling the next morning. That’s the conclusion of a new study. Lighting scientist Mariana Figueiro calls the study thorough. She also finds its results unsurprising. Her research has shown that spending even two hours on an iPad before bedtime can cut down the brain’s release of melatonin.
José Holguín-Veras, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, said the response had been “on the cautious side”, but said that while putting the city effectively under house arrest might sound extreme, it was part of a calculation of risk. “What is worse: being cautious, or being quote-unquote optimistic and praying nothing bad will happen?” he said.
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