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    Seabird Poop Speeds Up Coral Growth

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    Conservation plans should consider such links between land-based and marine ecosystems — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read More...

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    Emerging Investigator Series – Han Wei Hou

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    Dr. Han Wei Hou is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the Lee...

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    Did a Meteor from Another Star Strike Earth in 2014?

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    Questionable data clouds the potential discovery of the first known interstellar fireball — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read More...

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    Study Investigates Ways to Achieve Invisibility Without Using Metamaterials

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    Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have discovered a way to make a submicron-size cylinder disappear without using...

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    Tesla touts lidar-free autonomy

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    Elon Musk dismisses lidar technology as ‘lame’ at electric car maker’s autonomy event specially arranged for investors. [...]Read More...

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    Laser powers needle-free microjet injection

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    University of Twente develops method to inject “smart tattoos” for potential health monitoring options. [...]Read More...

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    Zero-gravity optical fiber drawing experiment arrives in orbit

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    Kit developed by Physical Optics Corporation expected to produce high-performance fiber on board International Space Station. [...]Read More...

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    Microfluidics for improving natural gas extraction process

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      Shale is a type of fine-grained rock that contains silt, clay, mineral particles, and pores ranging from meter to nanometer...

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    Applied Energetics Appoints Gregory J. Quarles CEO

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    Applied Energetics has appointed Gregory J. Quarles as president, CEO, and board member, effective May 6. He will lead the...

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    Photronics Opens High-End Manufacturing Facilities in China

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    Photronics Inc. has spent $320 million on two new facilities in China for the research and development, manufacture, and sale...

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    Yelo Wins Queens Award for Enterprise

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    A Northern Ireland manufacturing company, Yelo, has been honored with Britain’s most coveted commercial prize for its outstanding export performance....

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    Semiconductor Homostructures Could Improve LED Design

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    Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have found that superinjection, an effect previously believed to be...

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    Hurricane Aftermath Leaves Florida with Years of Major Wildfire Threat

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    Tinderboxes of storm-felled trees are a growing concern in the Southeast as climate change also increases fire risks — Read more...

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    Toward Bigger Integrated Photonic Switches

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    Approach offered by U.C. Berkeley could allow better scaling of fast, energy-saving optical “traffic cops” for data centers. [...]Read More...

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    Researchers Use 3D Printer to Print Chalcogenide Glass

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    For the first time, researchers have successfully 3D-printed chalcogenide glass, a unique material used to make optical components that operate...

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    Photon Sieve Used to Display Holographic Images with Wide Viewing Angle

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    Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have designed an ultrathin display that can project dynamic,...

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    Ancient Material Shows High Degree of Birefringence for Use in Displays

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    When researchers at Osaka University measured the optical birefringence of highly aligned cellulose nanofibers, they found that cellulose’s intrinsic birefringence...

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    DCS 2019: Kent Periscopes present scope for AFVs

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    Presents driver of armored fighting vehicle with twin images of surroundings in shortwave or visible light formats. [...]Read More...

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    SRI International joins US Army night vision development program

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    California laboratory joins Microsoft and SiOnyx as partners on ‘IVAS’ effort to improve soldiers’ situational awareness. [...]Read More...

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    Pain Patients Get Relief from War on Opioids

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    U.S. agencies warn doctors not to abruptly cut off the medications for long-time users — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read...

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    Brain Restoration System Explores Hazy Territory between Being Dead or Alive

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    An experiment that restored cellular function to pigs’ brains hours after death holds the potential for advancing neuroscience research —...

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    Notre Dame's Architectural Legacy

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    This religious center, cultural icon and UNESCO World Heritage Site is also an engineering marvel — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

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    A “Laser for Sound” from a Levitated Nanoparticle

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    Team at two Rochester institutions combines theory and experiment to create a phonon laser using optical tweezers and clever feedback...

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    Lumicell Technology Being Assessed for Possible Tumor Removal in First Surgery

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    Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston are conducting a feasibility study to determine the initial safety and efficacy...

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    How Old Are Saturn's Rings? The Debate Rages On

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    Pinning down the ring system’s age has profound implications for the entire Saturnian system — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read...

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    Liver Illness Strikes Latino Children Like a "Silent Tsunami"

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    Fatty liver disease, linked to gene interactions with a high-sugar diet, can cause cancer and organ failure — Read more...

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    Scottish Optoelectronics Association rebrands as Photonics Scotland…

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    …and publishes strategic paper Photonics in Scotland: A Vision for 2030, with aim of trebling its “billion pound” value. [...]Read...

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    Scientists Uncover California's Hidden Earthquakes

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    Nearly two million tiny tremors could help explain the inner workings of key faults — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read...

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    A Genetic Risk Score Tries to Predict Whether a Child Will Become Obese

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    A still-controversial test could be administered to toddlers to gauge their chances — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read More...

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    How We Roll: Study Shows We're More Lone Wolves Than Team Players

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    Results may explain why collective action on climate change and health policy is so difficult — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

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    AKHAN Awarded Patent for Diamond-Based IR Antireflective Coating

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    AKHAN Semiconductor Inc. has been issued a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its next-generation, diamond-based multilayer...

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    Fluvius Upgrades Cable Network with Teleste’s Optical Nodes in Belgium

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    Teleste has been selected as a vendor of optical nodes for Fluvius’ network upgrade project in Belgium. With the deliveries...

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    Improved Optical Multiplexing with Temporal DNA Barcodes

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    In a new imaging technique developed at Duke University in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, short strands of DNA...

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    Neonode and Finetek Sign Collaboration Agreement

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    Optical sensing technology company Neonode Inc. has signed a collaboration agreement with Finetek Co. Ltd. of Korea. According to the...

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    Cobalt Inc. Changes Name to HÜBNER Photonics Inc.

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    Cobolt Inc. has been renamed HÜBNER Photonics Inc. HÜBNER Photonics was formed in 2016, following the acquisition of the Swedish...

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    CPI, LightOx Collaborate to Develop Light Therapy for Treatment of Skin and Oral Cancers

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    The Center for Process Innovation (CPI) and LightOx Ltd. are collaborating on a photonics project to advance the development of...

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    New Super-Accurate Optical Atomic Clocks Pass Critical Test

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    Researchers have measured an optical clock’s ticking with record-breaking accuracy while also showing that the clock can be operated with...

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    Cobolt Inc. Changes Name to HÜBNER Photonics Inc.

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    Cobolt Inc. has been renamed HÜBNER Photonics Inc. HÜBNER Photonics was formed in 2016, following the acquisition of the Swedish...

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    CPI, LightOx Collaborate on Light Therapy for Skin and Oral Cancers

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    The Center for Process Innovation (CPI) and LightOx Ltd. are collaborating on a photonics project to advance the development of...

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    DCS 2019: The art of Mosaic Warfare

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    Agile approach lets military “think small and very fast,” says DARPA director Tim Grayson at DCS plenary. [...]Read More...

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    Survey reveals harassment at photonics events

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    A quarter of women who responded to study jointly commissioned by SPIE and OSA reported harassment at meetings. [...]Read More...

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    'Oumuamua-Like Objects Might Supercharge Planet Formation

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    Showers of interstellar debris could speed up the assembly of worlds around young stars — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read...

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    DCS 2019: Thermal cameras boost autonomous car sensing

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    Camera giant FLIR uses Baltimore expo to showcase latest generation of thermal kit designed for auto-safety systems. [...]Read More...

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    DCS 2019: Saving soldiers using clinical VR

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    There is a “mountain of research evidence” that VR can be as good as, or better than, traditional human-delivered therapy....

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    ASML's EUV systems pattern new Samsung and TSMC chips

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    Progress with upgraded equipment and EUV tool optics will see lithography technology migrate into memory chip production. [...]Read More...

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    Watch Now: Einstein's Scientific Revolution and the Limits of Quantum Theory

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    Cosmologist Lee Smolin says that at certain key points, the scientific worldview is based on fallacious reasoning — Read more...

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    How France Can Rebuild Notre Dame

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    An expert offers a scientific perspective on what has been lost and what can be restored — Read more on...

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    New Phonon Laser Could Be Applied to Investigation of Quantum Physics

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    A phonon laser based on the optical tweezing technique invented by Nobel Prize recipient Arthur Ashkin was developed by researchers...

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    Five Secrets for Effectively Advertising in America

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    The global photonics industry is expected to grow by nearly $335 billion in just the next four years. Yes, you...

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    Laser Processing Method Could Increase Efficiency in Optoelectronic Devices

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    A new way to passivate defects in next-generation optical materials could improve quality in optoelectronic applications and enable the miniaturization...

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    Optical Clock Passes a Crucial Accuracy Test

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    NIST researchers have measured the “tick” of an optical clock with unprecedented accuracy, meeting the requirements for an optical redefinition...

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    Orbiting telescope spies first Earth-sized exoplanet

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    NASA’s ‘TESS’ probe locates hot new world orbiting a star 53 light years away. [...]Read More...

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    Boosting biomed discoveries

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    The ultrashort-pulse (ultrafast) laser domain is on the rise in a growing number of biomedical applications, from multiphoton imaging and...

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    DCS 2019: New army tool for battle: disruptive tech

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    Technological disruption within military research is vital, says ARL director Philip Perconti. [...]Read More...

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    DCS 2019: Spotlight on emerging quantum sector

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    Conference opener hears “quantum applications will enable things we just cannot do today.” [...]Read More...

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    Communicating Science: Mind the “rGap”

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    Effectively changing public understanding of science, according to two organizational-behavior researchers, requires not just facts, but efforts to build trust...

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    Palomar Expands Southeast Asia Facility to Support Photonic Assembly

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    Palomar Technologies has expanded its Innovation Center in Singapore to meet the demanding assembly needs of advanced photonics packages. Opened...

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    New Camera Used to Measure Mass and Radius of Old Star

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    Scientists at the University of Sheffield have used HiPERCAM, a high-speed, multicolor camera that is capable of taking more than...

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    Biophotonic Therapy Can Destroy Bacteria and Viruses in Organs Before Transplantation

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    A new technique for decontaminating organs before transplantation using UV and red light irradiation has been developed by researchers at...

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    Environmental Thinker Bill McKibben Sounds Warning on Technology

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    Known for climate change work, the pioneer says global warming, AI and genetic engineering are self-inflicted threats to humanity —...

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    Coherent CEO Ambroseo retiring by 2021

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    Long-serving executive has worked at the laser company since 1988; global search for successor under way. [...]Read More...

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    Microplastics Are Blowing in the Wind

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    Atmospheric currents are transporting plastic pollution into remote, pristine areas, showing the global nature of the problem — Read more...

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    FLIR Awarded $48.1M from U.S. Department of Defense for Sensor Suite Upgrade

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    In an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense valued at $48.1 million, FLIR Systems Inc. will be the lead...

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    Optical Sensor Based on Plasmonics Detects Hydrogen Gas Quickly

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    A new optical nanosensor could be used to quickly detect leaks when hydrogen mixes with air. Hydrogen, a clean and...

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    Scanning Tunneling Microscope Images Molecular Vibrations

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    Scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), focused light down to the size of an atom to produce the...

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    SmartVIZ project explores innovative visualization using micro LEDs

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    Osram, ASM AMICRA and Fraunhofer IISB working on brighter, more efficient lighting solutions than LCDs or OLEDs. [...]Read More...

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    The Mathematics of (Hacking) Passwords

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    The science and art of password setting and cracking continues to evolve, as does the war between password users and...

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    A Second Planet May Orbit Earth's Nearest Neighboring Star

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    Informally called “Proxima c,” the candidate world appears to be six times the mass of Earth and orbits in the frigid...

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    Behind the Buzz: How Ketamine Changes the Depressed Patient's Brain

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    The anesthetic-cum-party drug restores the ability to make connections among brain cells — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read More...

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    Spin Lasers for Ultrafast Communications

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    Approach of German–U.S. research team would exploit polarization to speed up data transfer in short-haul optical interconnects. [...]Read More...

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    European Machine Vision Forum 2019 Announces Keynote Speakers

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    BARCELONA, Spain, and LYON, France, April 12, 2019 — The European Machine Vision Forum today announced the three keynote speakers...

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    AIM Photonics Summer Academy 2019 Will Immerse Attendees in Latest IP Technology

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    AIM Photonics is getting ready for its 2019 Summer Academy, a week of intensive short courses on integrated photonics. The...

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    Single-Shot Spectrometer Offers Portability, High Resolution

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    Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a compact, single-shot, free-space-coupled spectrometer with hyperspectral imaging capabilities that can be...

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    Zeiss expands metrology portfolio with GOM acquisition

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    Braunschweig firm employing 600 will become part of the optics giant’s ‘industrial quality and research’ business segment. [...]Read More...

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    Israeli Spacecraft Fails to Make First Private Lunar Landing

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    Private organization SpaceIL’s Beresheet lander crashes down on the moon following engine and communications problems — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com...

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    Philippine Fossils Add Surprising New Species to Human Family Tree

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    The second tiny ancestor found in the islands of southeast Asia, Homo luzonensis challenges prevailing views of early human dispersal...

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    Tests on Astronaut and Twin Brother Highlight Spaceflight's Human Impact

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    NASA Study reports physiological and behavioral results that could shape future space missions — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read More...

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    Environment Watchdogs Harness AI to Track Overflowing Factory-Farm Waste

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    Floods dump tons of pathogen-laden manure into U.S. waterways, often from hard-to-identify farms — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read More...

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    Robotic Machine Vision Solution Can Process Shiny Objects

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    A solution that enables industrial robots to scan and manipulate metallic objects that are too “shiny” for machine vision to...

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    Shining Lasers on Mouse Brains Advances Knowledge of Cells Central to Alzheimer’s, Schizophrenia

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    Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia are some of the most common brain disorders and have been associated with problems in cells...

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    Zeiss Acquires GOM in Push to Strengthen Position

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    ZEISS has acquired GOM in a push to strengthen its position in optical digitization systems and expand its industrial metrology...

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    Active Silicon Expands in the UK

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    Active Silicon has opened a new, state-of-the-art production and operations facility in Langley, England, where the company has relocated its...

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    Spin Lasers Could Transfer Data Faster, Use Less Energy than Conventional Lasers

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    Currently, rapid data transfer via optical fiber is accomplished by transmitting light signals that code data by modulating the light...

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    Boston Dynamics Acquires Deep-Learning Specialist Kinema Systems

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    BOSTON, April 11, 2019 — Boston Dynamics has acquired Kinema Systems, a robotics startup in Silicon Valley that builds advanced...

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    "Hyperscans" Show How Brains Sync as People Interact

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    Social neuroscientists ask what happens at the level of neurons when you tell someone a story or a group watches...

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    Compact Laser Detects Greenhouse Gases Using Mid-IR Source

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    A system developed at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), composed of a standard laser and a photonic chip, uses...

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    NASA demonstrates inter-CubeSat laser comms

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    A tiny NASA satellite has used a laser to send information 2400km through space to the ISARA CubeSat. [...]Read More...

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    An Exit Chute from the Universe: The Story of a Historic Effort to Image a Black Hole

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    After more than a decade of effort, a global network of radio telescopes has revealed the first-ever picture of an...

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    At Last, a Black Hole's Image Revealed

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    The Event Horizon Telescope captures one of the universe’s most mysterious objects — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read More...

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    Hybrid Fabrication Technique for MEGO Devices

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    Engineers create metamaterial devices with unique optical and electrical properties by combining 3-D printing technology with metal-coating and wet-etching techniques....

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    Event Horizon Telescope Captures First Image of a Black Hole

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    The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) captured the first picture of a black hole by using its eight ground-based radio telescopes...

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    Object Detection System Separates Range Resolution from Bandwidth Limitations

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    A new Tel Aviv University (TAU) study investigates an approach to object detection, inspired by OCT, that requires little to...

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    Lidar market to reach $6BN by 2024 – analyst

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    Yole Développement predicts annual growth in excess of 60% for next five years as autonomous vehicle revolution kicks in. [...]Read...

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    Low-cost solar telescope prepares to observe chromosphere

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    University of Sheffield is supplying the only European device on NASA’s High Altitude Student Platform. [...]Read More...

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    EPFL designs versatile supercontinuum source

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    New combination of fiber laser and waveguide could help adoptiom of chip-integrated sensing technology. [...]Read More...

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    A Geological "Orrery" Could Reveal Planetary Dynamics in Deep Time

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    Paul Olsen drills into the Earth’s sedimentary record for clues about the evolution of the solar system — Read more...

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    Improving Entangled Photons’ On-Time Performance

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    Engineering entangled photon pairs to cancel out fiber’s dispersive effects could boost quantum encryption’s prospects in installed fiber networks. [...]Read...

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    Penn State discovers new type of optical glass

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    Novel germanosilicate glass range made by adding zinc oxide exhibits good lens properties. [...]Read More...

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    Metamaterials Embedded with Geometrical Optics Could Simplify Optical Devices

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    3D-printed metamaterials developed by a Tufts University engineering team display properties not found in conventional materials. The fabrication methods used...

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    Upgrades Hoped to Bring Better Results on LIGO’s Third Run

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    LIGO, the world’s largest gravitational-wave observatory, once considered a “total waste of money,” has nearly doubled its capability to detect gravitational...

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    Seminex launches laser engine production line

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    US firm manufactures high power infrared diode lasers for military, medical, cosmetic, and dental applications. [...]Read More...

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    Harris selling night-vision business unit to Elbit

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    $350M cash deal is contingent on completion of mega-merger between Harris Corporation and L3 Technologies. [...]Read More...

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    Gravitational Observatories Hunt for Lumpy Neutron Stars

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    New data reinforces the notion that these exotic stellar corpses are among the universe’s most perfect spheres — Read more...

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    LLNL develops new method to improve laser-material interaction

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    Picosecond pulses for laser ablation paves the way for use of lower-energy, cheaper lasers. [...]Read More...

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    Lumibird results show growth potential, says firm

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    Earnings are up 62% to €16.5m and income from ordinary operations increases by 104% to €11.4m. [...]Read More...

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    Deadly Volcanic Flows Glide on Their Own Cushion of Air

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    The discovery helps explain why pyroclastic flows can travel so far, so fast — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read More...

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    LSI to Highlight Blend of Light and Sound Innovation

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    The Light and Sound Interactive (LSI) Conference, taking place June 25-27 in Rochester, N.Y., will connect entrepreneurs and showcase emerging...

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    Adversarial Learning Techniques to Test Image Detection Systems

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    Engineers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) are finding and documenting vulnerabilities in machine learning algorithms that can make objects “invisible”...

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    Entanglement-Based QKD Could Secure Optical Fiber Networks

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    A technique to help pairs of light particles smoothly navigate optical fiber networks was performed over 10 km of Singtel’s...

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    Doctors Could Soon Use Light Therapy to Eradicate MRSA

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    A treatment using blue light to eradicate MRSA could be in doctors’ hands in as little as two years. The...

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    Majority stake in Amplitude Laser to be sold to L-GAM Investment Group

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    As Amplitude’s annual revenues hit €70 million, Cathay Capital, Mérieux Equity, Bpifrance, and Auriga intend to sell their stake. [...]Read...

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    Cyberchondriacs Just Know They Must Be Sick

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    Researchers are unraveling the psychological reasons why some people relentlessly self-diagnose themselves online for hours a day — Read more...

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    Researchers Pinpoint Origin of Photons in Gamma-Ray Bursts

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    Scientists from the RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research and their collaborators have shown that the photons emitted by long gamma-ray...

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    Cree to sell LED lighting business to Ideal Industries for $310M

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    Transaction to sharpen Cree’s focus on being a semiconductor manufacturer. [...]Read More...

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    Materials to Help Beat the Heat—in Style

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    Engineers fashion strong polymer films that allow simultaneous tuning of thermal and color properties, with potential applications in architecture and...

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    Photoacoustic Microscopy Used to Image Cancer Cells

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    Researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are investigating ways in which to better image cancer cells by using...

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    SPI Lasers Ltd. Achieves Quality Designation

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    SPI Lasers, the U.K.-based designer and manufacturer of fiber lasers, has achieved a mark in quality status with Authorized Economic...

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    New Approach to LEDs Could Reduce Costs of Public Lighting

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    To increase LED streetlight efficiency, a team at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) developed an array of weaker LEDs to...

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    Researchers Control Speed of Light in Free Space

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    Using a technique that someday could help alleviate data congestion and prevent information loss, University of Central Florida (UCF) researchers...

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    Photonics21 looks into the crystal ball

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    optics.org interviews P21’s Head of Operations about the industry’s prospects, the EC and funding, Brexit and more. [...]Read More...

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    Cats Recognize Their Own Names–Even If They Choose to Ignore Them

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    Domestic felines distinguish between their monikers and similar-sounding words, new research shows — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read More...

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    Solar Power's Benefits Don't Shine Equally on Everyone

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    Racial and ethnic minorities have less access to solar power, regardless of income, highlighting the need for environmental justice —...

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    A Heavy-Metal Planet Orbiting a Dead Star May Foretell Our World's End

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    The iron core of what was once a world has been found around a white dwarf star, shedding light on...

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    Zapping Lead Pipes with Electricity Could Make Them Safer for Drinking Water

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    A new technology can rapidly rebuild a protective coating on existing lead pipes, but some consider this approach impractical —...

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    Anti-Aging Discovery Could Lead to Restorative Skin Treatments

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    Loss of collagen protein depletes renewal cells that serve as skin’s fountain of youth — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read...

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    Biosensor Could Scale New Sensitivity Heights

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    Combining a dielectric metasurface with hyperspectral imaging results in a sensor that can analyze individual molecules at extremely low concentrations....

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    In New Material, Color and Thermal Properties Can Be Tuned Separately

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    Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have optically engineered a polymer material to allow its color and thermal...

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    New Glass Family Demonstrates High Refractive Index, UV-Shielding Properties

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    A novel composition of germanosilicate glass, created by adding zinc oxide, has properties that could be valuable for lens applications....

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    L'admiration

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    After Photonics West, I stayed in the San Francisco area a few extra days. Poking around a store in Point...

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    Bending laser light, with a bang

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    Fans of The Big Bang Theory may have noticed a coil of purple light integrated into character Leonard’s europium laser,...

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    Piecing Together the Future Battlefield with Mosaic Warfare at DCS

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    Warfare is not as simple as it once was when sovereign nations waged armed conflict against one another until one...

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    Global Machine Vision Equipment Market to Double by 2022

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    The global machine vision equipment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.82% due to rapid advancements in...

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    EVT Presents EyeVision Machine Vision Software and 3D Software at Automate

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    Eye Vision Technology GmbH (EVT) will exhibit new image processing products in Booth 8456 at the Automate Show In Chicago,...

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    Leoni to Present Turnkey Machine Vision Systems, Solutions at Automate

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    An interactive vision-guided assembly system and some of the latest solutions for factory automation will be exhibited by Leoni Engineering...

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    Muscle-Like Material Contracts When Illuminated

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    Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) developed the material that in experiments showed the ability to lift a...

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    Cats Recognize Their Own Names—Even If They Choose to Ignore Them

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    Domestic felines distinguish between their monikers and similar-sounding words, new research shows — Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]Read More...

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    Pocket-sized laser projector launched on Kickstarter

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    With standalone and Raspberry Pi versions, the Nebra Anybeam will ‘revolutionize’ sector, says developer. [...]Read More...

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    North American MV market grows by 10% in 2018

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    AIA survey reveals record sales of $2.87 billion, last year, following six straight years of growth. [...]Read More...

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    Imec wins €2.5m ERC grant to develop brighter thin-film lasers

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    Awarded to Paul Heremans, Fellow and Director Large Area Electronics at imec and professor at KU Leuven, Belgium. [...]Read More...

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    Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Rome have used light to stop itch — at best an...

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    Virus concentration and purification by a microfluidic filtering system with an integrated PEGylated antifouling membrane

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    Abstract We present the integration of a nanoporous membrane functionalized with hydrophilic polymer brushes, poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (PEGMA), into a...

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    Controllable production of Janus ligaments by AC fields in a flow-focusing junction

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    Abstract We report the production of bicomponent Janus filaments of miscible aqueous fluids in a microfluidic electro-flow-focusing device under the...

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    System Uses QD Array to Tackle Scalability Issues in Quantum Computing

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    A research team led by the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) has constructed a hybrid device for quantum...

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    US health authorities clear infrared analyzer for human breast milk

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    Photonics21 announces Infoday to promote Photonics 2019 calls

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    Two identified so far with total budget of €75m: “Pilot Lines for Photonic Devices” and “Applications-driven components”. [...]Read More...

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    Laser diode system detects counterfeit olive oils

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    Researchers at UCM Madrid and Scintillon Institute (US) develop sensor to detect fake oil – such as ordinary types sold...

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    Shining a Light on Counterfeit EVOO

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    A proof-of-concept tool that uses fluorescence spectra to measure the quality of extra-virgin olive oil could help combat the sale...

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    Microwaveguides Could Speed Control of Light Flux in PICs

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    In order to increase the speed with which photonic integrated circuits (PICs) control light flux, researchers are investigating new materials...

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    Roy J. Glauber, Physicist Who Helped Lay the Foundations of Quantum Optics, Dies at 93

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    Roy J. Glauber, Nobel laureate, passed away Dec. 26, 2018, at the age of 93. Glauber was awarded one-half of...

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    Photonics21 announces Infoday to promote 2019 calls

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    Two identified so far with total budget of €75m: “Pilot Lines for Photonic Devices” and “Applications-driven components”. [...]Read More...

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    Nobel Prize Winner Glauber Dies at 93

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    Roy J. Glauber, Nobel laureate, passed away Dec. 26, 2018, at the age of 93. Glauber was awarded one-half of...

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    AI System Learns to Diagnose, Classify Intracranial Hemorrhage

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    A team of investigators from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has developed a system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to diagnose...

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    Microgears Made from Germanium Generate Twisted Light

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    Miniature gears made from germanium have demonstrated the ability to generate light with orbital angular momentum (OAM). This new light...

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    Nikon allies with Velodyne Lidar

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    Drones Used to Find Toy-Like "Butterfly" Land Mines

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    Quadcopters with thermal imagery cameras can help detect vicious mini-mines that often kill or maim children — Read more on...

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    Maxwell’s Demon Goes Quantum

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    System for swapping quantum states could have applications in computing and nano-refrigeration. [...]Read More...

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    Machine Learning Identifies Nearly All US Solar Panels from 1 Billion Images

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    Stanford University scientists developed a machine learning program that analyzed more than 1 billion high-resolution satellite images and identified nearly...

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    Researchers Achieve Strong Optomechanical Coupling of Light and Sound

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    A strong coupling regime between light and high-frequency acoustic sound waves was demonstrated by a team from Imperial College London,...

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    Optical memory cell achieves ‘record’ data storage density

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    New device could enable computers that use optics and electrical signals to interact with data. [...]Read More...

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    SPIE applauds passage of US National Quantum Initiative Act

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    Bipartisan legislation creates national policy to encourage quantum research and technology development. [...]Read More...

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    The Next Climate Frontier: Predicting a Complex Domino Effect

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    Motivated by events like Hurricane Harvey, researchers are trying to determine how climate change interacts with agriculture, energy, transportation and...

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    Light-Sound Coupling Could Aid Quantum Devices

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    Team of U.K. researchers overcomes technical challenges to achieve strong coupling between optical and GHz mechanical modes. [...]Read More...

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    Open Source Software Can Model Interactions of Femtosecond Laser Pulses

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    Label-Free System Images Molecular Features of Cancer Tissue in Real Time

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    New Computer Vision System Mimics How Humans Visualize Objects

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    Laser Diodes in Sensor Detect Quality Differences in Olive Oils

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    Western Drought Ranks among the Worst of the Last Millennium

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    Imec, Ghent, SEED Develop Autonomous, Electronic Contact Lens

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    Hyperspectral Imager Will Communicate Climate Changes from Space

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    The photos from a tiny IR hyperspectral camera, taken from a nanosatellite that has now reached space, could provide information...

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    Correction to: A T-junction device allowing for two simultaneous orthogonal views: application to bubble formation and break-up

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    IR Image Encoding and Camouflage System Uses Plasmonics to Hide Images from Naked Eye

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    Using a plasmonic nanostructure, researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) have devised a way to hide information on...

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    IDEX Opens Rochester Facility

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    Life sciences and optics technology developer IDEX Health & Science LLC opened its new state-of-the-art facility in Rochester, N.Y., aiming...

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    Life sciences and optics technology developer IDEX Health & Science LLC opened its new state-of-the-art facility in Rochester, N.Y., aiming...

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    Plant Hallucinogen Holds Hope for Diabetes Treatment

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    A low-loss, tunable hybrid optomechanical system could be promising for room temperature quantum optomechanics. [...]Read More...

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    Amazon Reveals Machine Learning Services

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    Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) has announced 13 new machine learning capabilities and services, across all layers in the machine...

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    Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering have developed an inexpensive, portable platform that can detect motile parasites...

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    With First-Ever Landing on Moon's Farside, China Enters "Luna Incognita"

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    Teledyne to Acquire Scientific Imaging Businesses of Roper Technologies

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    Teledyne Technologies Inc. and Roper Technologies Inc. have entered into an agreement under which Teledyne will acquire the scientific imaging...

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    Space Telescope Detects Hydrated Minerals in Numerous Asteroids

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    A Kobe University research team has detected the existence of water in a number of asteroids for the first time....

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    Researchers Film the Ultrafast Conversion of Light into Electricity

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    A team from Kiel University (CAU) filmed the conversion of light energy into a solid — an exchange that takes...

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    Teledyne Acquires Roper Technologies' Scientific Imaging Divisions

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    Teledyne Technologies Inc. and Roper Technologies Inc. have entered into an agreement under which Teledyne will acquire the scientific imaging...

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    Novel low-energy nanolaser shines in all directions

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    Dutch research group says the key to omnidirectional emission is the introduction of irregularities in its lasing materials. [...]Read More...

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    Cisco backs silicon photonics with $660M Luxtera move

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    Laser-pointer to help 'CubeSats' transmit data to Earth

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    MIT-designed platform offers precision that mini-satellites require to transmit precisely large data packets from orbit to earth. [...]Read More...

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    MIT publishes its ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ list for 2018

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    Many of this year’s cohort tipped for great technology futures are working in photonics-related innovation fields. [...]Read More...

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    There Is No Such Thing as Conscious Thought

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    Philosopher Peter Carruthers insists that conscious thought, judgment and volition are illusions. They arise from processes of which we are...

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    National Quantum Initiative Act Approved by U.S. House

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    The U.S. House of Representatives has approved the final version of the National Quantum Initiative (NQI) Act, H.R. 6227. The...

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    A new terahertz (THz) laser designed by researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has demonstrated high constant power, tight...

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    Compact Optical Waveguides Exhibit Low Light Loss for Use in Biosensors, Wearable Displays

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    Tiny, flexible waveguides, made in a clear silicone commonly used for biomedical applications, were created by a research team at...

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    Metasurface for Nonlinear Manipulation Could Simplify Wireless Communication

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    Scientists have developed a metasurface that enables efficient manipulation of spectral harmonic distribution, and have proposed a novel architecture for...

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    Cisco Announces Its Intention to Acquire Luxtera Inc.

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    Networking hardware and software company Cisco Systems Inc. has announced its intention to acquire privately held Luxtera Inc., a semiconductor...

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    Flexible Waveguides Exhibit Low Light Loss for Biosensors, Wearables

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    Tiny, flexible waveguides, made in a clear silicone commonly used for biomedical applications, were created by a research team at...

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    Luminar collaborating with Audi's autonomous driving subsidiary (AID)

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    Quantum cascade lasers to help optimize individual food plans

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    Trumpf targets VCSELs in deal to buy Philips Photonics

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    Portable optical system uses AI to better detect parasites

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    UCLA-developed system uses just 3 ml of bodily fluid, analyzed within 20 min, to detect of parasitic infections faster, more...

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    The Brain's Autopilot Mechanism Steers Consciousness

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    Freud’s notion of a dark, libidinous unconscious is obsolete. A new theory holds that the brain produces a continuous stream...

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    NASA’s first sample-return mission to an asteroid is a voyage into the genesis of our solar system—and, perhaps, the precursors...

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    Numerical simulation of particle migration in different contraction–expansion ratio microchannels

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    Abstract Inertial microfluidic device has been widely used for particle/cell manipulation in recent years, due to the attractive advantages of...

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    Abstract In the regime of inertial microfluidics, the secondary flow is widely adopted to reduce the number of the equilibrium...

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    Laser Micromachining for Efficient, Biocompatible Waveguides

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    Using multiphoton laser direct writing, researchers construct thin, low-loss waveguides in PDMS that could find use in biosensors and endoscopes....

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    Laser-Based Imaging Technique Uncovers the Origin of Feathers

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    If you think that feathers are for the birds, you may be interested to know that Earth’s first feathered creature...

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    Photochemical Deracemization of Chiral Compounds Could Assist Drug Development

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    Deploying a photochemical method, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has achieved deracemization of chiral compounds for...

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    Device for Measuring Nanoparticles Could Aid in Quantum Measurement

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    A new device that can measure and control an optically trapped nanoparticle with extreme sensitivity has been developed by researchers...

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    Deep Learning Is Used to Recover Objects in Low Light

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    A new imaging technique, developed by engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), demonstrates that deep neural networks (DNNs) can...

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    AI-Based System Uses Microscopic Images to Identify Cancer Cell Types

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    A system based on a convolutional neural network (CNN), developed at Osaka University, has shown that it is able to...

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