The University of Maryland is a national treasure, one I consider the equal of MIT in part because it is much more focused on practical needs. Many possibilities in the way of innovative technology have been repressed these past decades by proprietary interests, while others have remained undiscovered due to biases and short-comings in research that has not been fully multidisciplinary. The times they are a’changing. Human-centric innovation and multidisciplinary innovation — including smart design informed by true cost economics (supply intelligence), holistic analytics (demand intelligence) and open source everything (engineering intelligence) — are going to accelerate positive developments in academia, the economy, governance, and society.
This is going to be a new development. New graphene-based light detector can unearth everything hidden
Terahertz radiation can be brought to market with the help of a new detector. Terahertz radiation is a type of light with far longer wavelengths compared to infrared rays and may be helpful in examining almost everything very effectively.
Researchers have concluded that this latest graphene-based light detector may be able to calculate wavelengths of light that human eye may not see.
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Terahertz waves pass through a variety of amorphous substances – many synthetics and textiles, but also paper and cardboard are transparent to terahertz waves. Many biomolecules, proteins, explosives or narcotics also feature characteristic absorption lines, so-called spectral “fingerprints”, at frequencies between 0.1 and 2 THz. The two main advantages of terahertz radiation are thus the penetration of conventionally opaque materials on one hand, and a high chemical selectivity on the other hand”.