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One Geeky Colorful Molecule Discovery and Decor

Did you hear about the latest talks at Ivy League schools MIT and Harvard?  No, Rick Moranis isn’t coming back to make a new version of Spaceballs, but it’s not too far off.  Let me give you a hint about it.  It started with this famous line:

“A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...”

On a day filled with darkness, today’s epic journey into color is one that geeks everywhere should appreciate. Today we’re talking about the colorful magic that is now becoming closer to a possibility: the lightsaber.

The news has “lit up” with the discovery of newfound science.  According to Gizmodo:

“It's no science fiction anymore: clumping photons into molecules, scientists have discovered a completely new form of matter that works just like the lightsabers in Star Wars. "The physics of what's happening is similar to what we see in the movies," said one of the researchers.”

But don’t get your hopes up too high just yet.  This discovery is still in the works as scientists are still working to implement it in a way even George Lucas might even smile about.

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The team responsible for this discovery is a group led by Harvard Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin and MIT Professor of Physics Vladan Vuletic.

According to

“The discovery, Lukin said, runs contrary to decades of accepted wisdom about the nature of light. Photons have long been described as massless particles which don't interact with each other – shine two laser beams at each other, he said, and they simply pass through one another.

"Photonic molecules," however, behave less like traditional lasers and more like something you might find in science fiction – the light saber.

"Most of the properties of light we know about originate from the fact that photons are massless, and that they do not interact with each other," Lukin said. "What we have done is create a special type of medium in which photons interact with each other so strongly that they begin to act as though they have mass, and they bind together to form molecules. This type of photonic bound state has been discussed theoretically for quite a while, but until now it hadn't been observed.

"It's not an in-apt analogy to compare this to light sabers," Lukin added. "When these photons interact with each other, they're pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what's happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies."

The colors of light impact our world both here and perhaps those galaxies far far away.  Later in our color series we will discuss the science of light a bit more.  But for now, let’s take a look at some geeky home spaces celebrating the lightsaber phenomenon.

This child clearly had very gifted geeky and artist parents.  The room was hand painted in all its sabre showdown glory.


For those expectant geeks here are a few baby ideas for the nursery:


As you can see, stencils and decals seem to be a popular theme for both newborn geeks as well as, well, a few of the older ones…

Lastly, for the chic adult geek, this room could possibly make your demented father and your friends brim over with maniacal glee



What are you going to do to celebrate the light of science and discovery?  We might not have lightsabers but we certainly do have the out of this world technology to bring your geeky desires into your home.  Will you take the Preval challenge and one of our Preval Sprayers or vFan Airbrush Systems and transform your home?  Let us know.  We’d love to help you conquer the galaxy… one molecule at a time.

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