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Australian Scientists Just Froze Light, Like Kylo Ren

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have brought quantum computing a step closer to reality by stopping light in a new experiment.

Lead researcher Jesse Everett said controlling the movement of light was critical to developing future quantum computers, which could solve problems too complex for today’s most advanced computers.

Check Out How The Different Levels Of Light Pollution Screws Us From Seeing Stars

Video: It’s obvious to anyone with eyeballs that there ain’t no damn stars in the city, while there are about a gazillion and one out in the countryside. But what do the various gradations of light pollution actually look like? Sriram Murali pointed his camera to the night sky to show you the progression of light pollution and when it starts screwing us from seeing stars.

Water Does Some Really Weird Shit To Things

Video: Water can do some trippy things, man. If you take a glass of water and slide it in front of a pattern, the refraction of light in water basically screws with those patterns and makes it appear as something else entirely. The distortion is really crazy to see because black and white squares turn into alternating white and black rectangles, and diagonal lines can become crazy squigglies.

Seeing A 20,000 Watt Light Bulb Light Up Is Totally Blinding

Video: I don’t know what 1000 suns actually looks like in real life, but I would imagine it’s probably something like lighting up this 20,000 watt light bulb to full, world-scorching power. It’s that eyeball-burning and -blindingly bright. Photonicinduction tested this 20kW Halogen light bulb that’s used for large scale film sets indoors — where it can flood out an entire room in white light — and outdoors — where it can pretty much turn night into day. I’m not even joking.

This Spinning Illusion Is Obviously Some Sort Of Light Magic

Video: I don’t know how these tiny dancers got trapped inside this spinning zoetrope but it’s the only explanation I can come up with for this incredible light animation. Their movements are so smooth, and the shining light captures the grace of their dance so well that I’m sure some sort of magic has to be at play here.

These Images Were Taken With An Entirely New Kind Of Photography

These beetles may look like two different species, but they’re the same individual. The difference lies in how they were photographed, using a new lens that allows scientists to “see” one of the most fundamental properties of biology: Chirality.

Inside Sydney's New Cathedral Of Light

Image Cache: The annual “light, music and ideas” festival Vivid Sydney kicks off in Circular Quay today. This year, it’s constructed a giant tunnel, known as the Cathedral of Light, which runs along the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens — and there’s a rather large surprise waiting at the end.

Scientists Discover A Weird New Type Of Light

Not all light is made equal. Now, a team of physicists has discovered that photons can travel differently to any other light that scientists have seen in the past.

What It's Like To Look Straight Into The End Of A Rainbow

Video: There’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but there are some colourful visuals that you can trip out on if you can figure out how to stare the right way. Here’s a video that supposedly shows a camera gliding through the spectrum of a rainbow and making its way through ROYGBIV backwards.

Scientists Made LEDs 60 Per Cent Brighter By Copying Firefly Lanterns

A team of researchers has managed to boost the amount of light an LED emits by 60 per cent simply by etching its outer surface to resemble the outside of a firefly’s lantern.

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