Guiding light for glasses-free 3D display

Summaries of newsworthy articles: Guiding light for glasses-free 3D display; Laser-induced condensation of water in air

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Guiding light for glasses-free 3D display
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[1] Guiding light for glasses-free 3D displays
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1456

A technique for viewing images in three dimensions (3D) that works without the need for specialized glasses is demonstrated this week in Nature Communications. This autostereosopic technology could be useful in flexible displays and has commercial applications.

Kookheon Char, Khap Suh and colleagues use modern microfabrication techniques to create arrays of polymer micro-prisms. When placed on a screen the prisms guide light in a way that gives a perception of depth by presenting offset images to the left and right eye. The prisms also work in flexible displays, and could be an inexpensive alternative to other autostereosopic 3D display technologies.


Kahp-Yang Suh (Seoul National University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
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[2] Laser-induced condensation of water in air
DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1462

The possible mechanism behind laser-induced water droplet formation is reported in Nature Communications this week. This technique builds on previous work to provide an alternative scheme to trigger condensation in the atmosphere and could allow for applications of lasers in the atmosphere, including remote sounding or laser-based control of rain.

Long-standing schemes to seed clouds involve dispersing small particles in the air to initiate the growth of water droplets. Intense laser beams ionise air and are thus expected to play a role in assisting condensation. Jérôme Kasparian and colleagues perform measurements on laser-induced condensation over the Rhone River in Geneva under different atmospheric conditions. They find that the laser triggers the growth of micrometer-sized water droplets when humidity exceeds 70%.


Jérôme Kasparian (University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland)
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[3] Backbone rigidity and static presentation of guanidinium groups increases cellular uptake of arginine-rich cell-penetrating peptides
doi: 10.1038/ncomms1459

[4] A segmental genomic duplication generates a functional intron
doi: 10.1038/ncomms1461

[5] Blimp1 regulates the transition of neonatal to adult intestinal epithelium
doi: 10.1038/ncomms1463

[6] Strong plasmonic enhancement of photovoltage in grapheme
doi: 10.1038/ncomms1464

[7] Molecular mechanism for 3:1 subunit stoichiometry of rod cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channels
doi: 10.1038/ncomms1466


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