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Scientists Have Made A Möbius Strip Out Of Light For the First Time

While you can twist physical materials into a Möbius strip — to make chairs, tables and even buildings — until now it’s been impossible to do the same with light. But researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light have changed that.


Watch This Reflected Laser Pulse's Entire Flight Path At 20 Billion FPS

The technology available to image light as it moves through space continues to advance. Recently, we saw a new high-speed camera capture a small pulse reflected from a mirror; now, it’s possible to image the entire flight path of a laser as it bounces around a laboratory.


Giz Explains: Why Objects In The Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear

The passenger-side mirror of every modern car bears the same warning: “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” Ever wondered why? It’s no design fault; it’s actually a safety feature.


This High-Speed Camera Tracks Light Bouncing Off A Mirror At 100 Billion FPS

Slow-motion photography is cool and all, but now a team of scientists has decided to use high-speed photography to track light as it travels through space. In this GIF, you’re looking at a pulse of light hitting and bouncing off of a mirror. Really.


This Trick To Show How Invisible Air Moves Seems Like Magic

This is called Schlieren optics, a cool technique that allows us to see how invisible air moves. Thanks to the difference of density between hot and cold air, light changes speed, bends and creates visual distortions. Exactly the same thing that happens in the mirages but captured in a controlled environment.


How Cathedrals' New Video Makes Light Dance To The Music

This is the video for the Cathedrals’ song “Unbound”. It’s lovely! And the way the light cubes in the background pair up with the music is no accident — there’s some really cool tech behind it.


Inventors Of The Blue LED Inside Nearly Every Device You Own Win Nobel Prize

There’s pretty good chance you have a piece of this year’s physics Nobel prize-winning invention in your pocket. The blue light-emitting diode (LED) is found in the screens of millions of phones as well as our bright, new energy-efficient LED lightbulbs. Today, the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to the three scientists who made this revolutionary discovery.


Beautiful Glass Sculptures Transform Light Into Beautiful Colour Shapes

Chris Wood loves glass. So much she’s dedicating her life to the study of its properties, creating these beautiful installations in which light and colour become a quasi-three-dimensional object.


This Rube Goldberg Machine Is Powered By Light

Video: It’s always fun to see the chain reaction of Rube Goldberg machines and how one action can cascade into a whole bunch of things happening. This one, from an ad for Japanese technology company au, is particularly cool because it’s just powered by light and lens and optics.


Physicists Figure Out How To Take Photographs In Near-Total Darkness

Tens of thousands of photons go into making up each pixel in your standard cat photo. That’s because existing cameras — even infrared night-vision ones — rely on many, many photons of light to create an image. But now physicists have photographed in almost pitch blackness, where there on average is less than one photon of light per pixel.