What if you could brighten your day with the push of a button? And if that shine came from your clothes? Your hat? Or even your glasses? From Google Glass and Recon’s heads-up display to FitBit and the Apple Watch, technology that you wear is no longer a thing of science fiction.
There’s so much wearable technology out there, “why not use it to treat something?” asks Halley Profita, a PhD. student in the Correll Robotics and the Kane Superhuman Computing labs in the Computer Science department at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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How much of your information about science comes from the news? Intentionally or not, TV stations, newspapers, and magazines often report scientific findings incorrectly, or even exaggerate them to the point of causing panic. In our new series, Bad Science, we highlight stories about science reporting gone wrong— and let you know what the real facts are.
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Scientists and engineers have been tinkering with lasers since the 1950’s, building a world in which lasers have become ubiquitous in our daily lives. You are probably familiar with lasers in CD players, barcode scanners, presentation pointers or cat toys. Lasers have also become an enormously important tool in the pursuit of scientific discovery. Lasers give scientists the ability to carefully control the interaction of light with matter in space and time, yielding information about the fundamental nature of materials. One Nobel-worthy example was pioneered at CU Boulder: the formation of Bose-Einstein condensates, a new state of matter which couldn’t have been created without lasers.
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