…that the substance that makes glow sticks glow at concerts can also help detect cancer? BSF-supported researchers have used chemiluminescence, or chemical light, to develop a probe that is 3,000 times brighter than what is currently used. This could lead to the invention of a new single-component system with multiple applications — including the detection and measurement of cellular activity that points to certain pathologies, such as cancer. Read more here.
…that the “darkness” in the universe is more than just dark? Though it has yet to be detected, the existence of “dark matter” has long been predicted. It is named that way, because it is so concentrated that its heavy mass pulls in the light. BSF has provided support for the creation of an advanced detector that will allow scientists to detect the dark matter and make it visible for the first time. Read more here.
…that there is such a thing as a snow globe riddle (and BSF-supported scientists have solved it?) If you’ve shaken a snow globe, you’ve enjoyed watching its tiny particles slowly sink to the bottom. But do all small objects drift the same way and at the same pace? A new study finds the sedimentation of asymmetric objects in liquid is very different from that of symmetrical objects like spheres. The research solves a long-standing puzzle concerning the cause and the extent of “storminess” in sedimentation, and may be useful in improving water treatment and industrial processes. Read more here.