O is for Optics

If there has been one constant in the world, it’s that nothing travels faster than the speed of light. However, according to physicist Joao Magueijo, the speed of light in the “early” universe was faster, in fact, 60 orders of magnitude quicker than its present recorded speed of 3 x 106 meters/second. And if this heretical idea is true, then not only would there be implications for future space travel, but Einstein was wrong. Coincidingly, scientists have recently been able to stop light in its tracks. The hope, of course, is to revolutionize information transfer to deliver rapid, extreme connectivity with optical computing. Meanwhile, the notion that DNA strands can be converted into fiber optic cables is underway, and researchers at Kiel University, according to Journal Science, have shown that since DNA has a high-degree of photostability, light may be the answer for diagnostic testing for future gene repair. And while Mystery Schools advocate DNA activation, upgrading our dormant 12 strands for the advancement of human consciousness, light therapy, or laser-light cellular photo-repair for anti-aging is also now considered chic. Then there’s the idea that full-spectrum light invigorates our bodies, providing heath benefits, which was the basis behind the work of Dr. John Ott, and more currently, the light installation, Polaria, where artists Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson of London Fieldworks captured the 24-hour daylight of Greenland to create an interactive virtual daylight chamber that used sensors to biomonitor a body’s physiological response. As photochemists develop polymers that can change shape when activated by photons, and scientists vie to develop edible optics for food safety measures that will serve to detect harmful bacteria, like e-coli, in our spinach, it’s safe to say that light is, indeed, a dazzle.

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