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    Parity-Time Symmetry Opens Up New Avenues for Controlling Light

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    Researchers at Tampere University have experimentally demonstrated that studies in quantum photonics can be scaled up to encompass a broader...

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    Unexploded bomb safely defused by laser method

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    German research project DEFLAG reports successful field trial of 2kW laser decommissioning process.

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    A Kaleidoscopic Approach to Polarization

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    Researchers in China offer a method for shaping mirror symmetry in polarized light fields that they believe could prove useful...

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    Sales and Marketing — Two Sides of the Same Coin.

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    If you had an unlimited advertising budget, what would you say in your advertising campaign? It would probably sound something...

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    ‘Quantum Paradox’ Experiment Could Enable More Accurate Sensors and Clocks

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    An international research team will test Einstein’s twin paradox using quantum particles in a superposition state — an experiment that...

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    UK politician demands photonics sector recruits more women

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    Laser physics graduate Carol Monaghan MP praises industry at Photonex but tells it to take more positive recruitment action.

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    ASML reports surge in EUV bookings

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    Record-breaking quarterly orders for lithography giant, as customers book 23 extreme ultraviolet tools.

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    NASA backs Cold Quanta to shrink quantum apparatus

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    $1M award intended to accelerate commercial deployment of laser-cooled atomic systems.

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    Why Do Some People Need Less Sleep? It's in Their DNA

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    U.C.S.F. researchers find a gene for flourishing with less shut-eye -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Vaginal Fluid Transplants Hold Promise but Raise Safety Concerns

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    A small study tested the approach for treating a common bacterial infection by restoring a healthy microbiome -- Read more...

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    Trump's Border Wall Could Cause Flooding in Texas

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    Planned barriers along the Rio Grande could trap debris and send floodwaters into nearby communities -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    New thematic collection open for submissions – Single Cell Analysis

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    We are delighted to announce a new thematic collection in Lab on a Chip, focusing on multimodal single cell analysis,...

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    Treating Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with Light

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    U.S. hospital researchers devise “CO photo-remover” that could allow fast rescue from the poisonous gas.

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    Practice Makes Perfect: 3D Model Aids Surgical Outcomes

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    Using a 3D virtual reality model to prepare for kidney tumor surgery could substantially improve the outcome of the procedure....

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    Mapping Unexplored Genome Region Could Boost Genetic Testing

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    Using advanced imaging techniques, researchers have mapped a region of the human genome that was once uncharted. This could prompt...

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    Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded for Astronomical Findings

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    The 2019 Nobel Prize in physics recognizes three individuals for their contributions to understanding Earth’s place within the known universe....

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    NASA backs ColdQuanta to shrink quantum apparatus

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    $1M award intended to accelerate commercial deployment of laser-cooled atomic systems.

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    Applied Technology launches anti-drone laser weapon at military expo…

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    ...while NKT Photonics delivers lasers for 20 kW Rheinmetall anti-drone defense project.

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    Spectroscopic blood test tipped for brain tumor triage

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    University of Strathclyde spin-out looking to launch commercial blood serum technique from 2022.

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    Zeiss and Senorics establish photonics partnership

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    Focus of investment by Zeiss is on the joint development of specialized sensor technology.

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    Ship Freezes Itself in Arctic Ice to Study Climate Change

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    Researchers trapped in the central Arctic Ocean for a year prepare to unlock secrets of the region’s changing climate --...

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    New Lens Could Provide Thermal Imaging Capabilities in a More Compact Camera

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    University of Utah researchers have developed a new kind of flat optical lens that is much thinner and lighter than...

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    NASA’s ICON Satellite Begins Study of Ionosphere

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    NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite launched at 9:59 p.m. EDT Oct. 10 from the Kennedy Space Center. Northrop Grumman’s...

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    What Conservation Efforts Can Learn from Indigenous Communities

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    A major U.N.-backed report says that nature on indigenous peoples’ lands is degrading less quickly than in other areas --...

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    New BPV System Flaunts More Power, Longer Life

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    A new biophotovoltaics (BPV) system developed by researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Microbiology has proven more...

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    Vertex Optics to Celebrate Grand Opening of 8500-sq-ft Facility

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    Vertex Optics is celebrating the grand opening of its 8500-sq-ft manufacturing facility in Victor, N.Y. The facility is equipped with...

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    BAE Systems launches robotic, driverless military vehicle at US Army expo

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    Optics, electronics and software on robust chassis are foundation for "game-changing" battlefield capability, says defense giant.

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    Mauna Kea endomicroscopy assists diagnosis of pancreatic lesions

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    Latest clinical studies support benefits of Cellvizio but company profits remain elusive.

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    Chromacity and Scientifica join forces on laser microscopy

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    Companies sign partnership to provide ultrafast laser sources for multiphoton imaging applications

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    AI-Powered Robot Could Improve Productivity, Reduce Defects in Optics Manufacturing

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    A robotics technology startup from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), has introduced a new robot that can pick up...

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    Fraunhofer CAP laser scientists illuminate the future of farming

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    UK start-up Grobotic Systems using F-CAP knowhow to develop LED-driven plant growth chambers.

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    Ancient Teeth Reveal Social Stratification Dates Back to Bronze Age Societies

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    Humans have a history of status division stretching back at least 4,000 years -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Graphene-Based Measurement Technique Boosts Optical Resolution

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    Researchers at the University of Göttingen have developed a new technique that exploits the unusual properties of graphene to optically...

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    Eyes on dementia

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    Ophthalmologists have known for more than a decade that thinning of retinal tissue has been associated with the onset of...

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    Sharks reign aglow

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    The notoriety of “Shark Week” may be getting a flashy new upgrade, thanks to the phenomenon of glowing sharks. Certain...

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    Optics links brain research to behavior

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    Optics and microscopy have always played important roles in neuroscience. The innovations brought by optogenetics and fiber photometry, in the...

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    European VR and AR market growth to 'outpace' North America by 2023

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    Market analyst Digi-Capital to make global trends predictions at European AWE "XR" conference in Germany, next week.

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    Agilent opens ‘state-of-the-art’ spectroscopy facility in UK

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    Center designed to be a major research and development hub for molecular spectroscopy.

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    Sleep Deprivation Shuts Down Production of Essential Brain Proteins

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    A deficit arises in molecules needed for neurons to communicate efficiently -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Hidden Passage: Could We Spy a Traversable Wormhole in the Milky Way's Heart?

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    Anomalous motions of stars orbiting our galaxy’s central supermassive black hole might reveal the existence of long-hypothesized tunnels through spacetime...

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    Preserving Ancient Bones

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    A near-infrared spectrometer can be calibrated to prescreen bone samples for their collagen content in seconds, without damaging delicate samples.

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    Inverse, Mie Scattering Techniques Advance 3D Metamaterial Design

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    Using an inverse design approach, a team led by researchers at the University of Washington designed and tested a 3D-printed...

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    VR/AR Global Summit to Bring Cutting Edge Tech to Canada

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    The VR/AR Association (VRARA) has announced its program of over 120 global speakers that will be featured at its flagship...

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    MIT and Ghent University integrate single photon emitters onto photonic chips

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    New approach points towards scalable quantum photonic components.

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    Quiet Disadvantage: Study Finds Extroverts Are Happier–Even When They're Really Introverts

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    A new study suggests a dose of “acting extroverted” could boost your mood—but some researchers caution there is a cost...

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    What are the challenges to sample-in-answer-out technologies in clinical settings?

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    The boom in microfluidic total analysis systems is spurred by the use of microscale fabrication techniques. In 1999, Agilent Technologies...

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    Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to astronomers and cosmologist

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    James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz recognised for contributions to understanding of the evolution of the universe.

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    High-Energy Award: Lithium Batteries Win 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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    The power packs drive mobile phones, laptops, electric cars and solar panels -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Physicists Break Their Own Quantum Record

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    Superposition of huge molecules puts pressure on some alternatives to standard quantum theory.

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    Agilent Technologies Opens Spectroscopy Facility in UK

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    Agilent Technologies has opened a state-of-the-art facility for spectroscopy research and development at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in...

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    FLIR acquires tethered drone assets from Aria Insights

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    Deal with UAS pioneer, formerly called CyPhy Works, includes intellectual property, and multiple patents.

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    Visualase used to treat brain tumor at Karolinska University Hospital

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    The first patient for the procedure in the Nordic region was discharged one day after the procedure.

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    BEAMIT invests in fourth EOS laser 3D printing system

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    Italian fabricator deploys further additive manufacturing system for oil and gas applications.

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    Imaging ocular surface assists treatment of dry eye disease

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    AdOM platform directly images the muco-aqueous tear layer with nanometer resolution

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    Cosmology and Exoplanets Win 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics

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    James Peebles, who helped found the field of cosmology, shares the prize with Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz, discoverers of...

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    New Encryption System Protects Data from Quantum Computers

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    As quantum computing creeps closer, IBM successfully demonstrates a way to secure sensitive information -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Cosmic Discoveries Take 2019 Nobel Physics Prize

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    Swedish Academy gives a nod to both theoretical and observational science in honoring work in physical cosmology and exoplanet discovery.

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    Of Values and Inclusivity

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    In an interview with OPN, Ursula Gibson reflected on changes and progress during her year as OSA President.

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    Photoacoustic Technology May Revolutionize Cancer Surgery

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    Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, have developed photoacoustic technology that can precisely locate and distinguish all...

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    Bio Nanolaser Proves Fully Functional in Living Tissue

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    Researchers at Northwestern University have created a nanolaser that can be used in living tissues without harming them. Developed in...

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    Discovery of Molecular Switch for How Cells Use Oxygen Wins 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine

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    Research by William Kaelin, Jr., Peter Ratcliffe and Gregg Semenza led the way for applications in treating anemia, cancer and...

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    Black Holes, Volcanic Scrolls and a Teeny, Tiny Heartbeat: Science GIFs to Start Your Week

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    Enjoy and loop on -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders?

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    Outlawing possession does not appear to stem the release of alligators, snakes and other problematic species -- Read more on...

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    Teaching Birds a Song—with Light

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    Optogenetic study illuminates neural pathways governing how birds learn by imitation—and could ultimately aid understanding of human speech acquisition and...

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    Osram says it will 'shape its own future' after failure of takeover bid by ams

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    Group to soon present an update to the latest Osram strategy; new "anchor shareholder" ams is invited to talks.

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    New Spectrometer Measures Effects of Photon Momentum in Strong-Field Ionization

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    Einstein received the Nobel Prize for explaining the photoelectric effect — that, simply put, a single atom is irradiated with...

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    The Optics Enabling X-Ray Science

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    OPN talks with scientist Saša Bajt about the growth of photon science at Germany’s DESY research complex—and about the cutting-edge...

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    AngioDynamics Acquires Eximo Medical

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    AngioDynamics has acquired Eximo Medical and its proprietary 355-nm wavelength laser technology platform. The transaction came in a $46 million...

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    Alluxa Appoints Nolen Director of Engineering

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    Alluxa Inc. has promoted Kevin Nolen to director of engineering. Nolen has served in a variety of engineering and operations...

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    MicroLED tech combines native blue and green epitaxy on single wafer

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    Plessey’s new patented growth technology achieved by extending capability of proprietary GaN-on-Si process.

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    Stanford Solar Car shows potential of sun for automotive

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    Alta Devices solar tech expected to power Stanford’s car 3000km in trans-Australia rally.

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    Danforth Center Expands to Include New Lab, Technologies

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    The Donald Danforth Plant and Science Center is accelerating its research and discovery with the expanded capacity of its integrated...

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    AI, Deep Learning Allow More Accurate Eye Testing

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    Researchers at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia are now able to analyze OCT images of the eye closer...

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    Integrated Silicon Carbide Optical Switch Can Be Thermally Tuned

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    Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have integrated a microheater and a microring resonator onto a silicon carbide...

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    Astronomers Find Our Second Interstellar Visitor Looks like the Locals

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    The object 2I/Borisov has the same composition as comets in the solar system, suggesting its system of origin might resemble...

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    HUBER+SUHNER to Acquire BKtel Group

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    HUBER+SUHNER have signed a purchase agreement to acquire German fiber optic specialist BKtel for approximately $50 million. The deal is...

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    AngioDynamics acquires Eximo Medical for $66M

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    Eximo’s 355nm Laser Atherectomy system has received 510(k) clearance to treat Peripheral Artery Disease.

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    Wildlife Trade Entangles Nearly a Fifth of the Planet's Vertebrate Animals

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    In the first global estimate of its kind, researchers tally an incredible 5,600 species harvested for commercial use—and predict which...

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    Tracking Ultra-Slow Flows in Real Time

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    NIST scientists enlist photobleaching rate of fluorophore dyes as a speedometer for tough-to-measure, nanoliter-per-minute flows in microfluidic applications.

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    Visible-Light-Activated Anticancer Prodrug Can Combat Chemo’s Side Effects

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    Many antitumor drugs used in chemotherapy move around in the patient’s blood after intake. Healthy cells may be killed along...

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    Elbit Systems Subsidiary Awarded $23M Night Vision Order

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    Elbit Systems’s U.S. subsidiary, Elbit Systems of America, was awarded an order valued at approximately $23 million for the supply...

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    Hybrid LED Could Power LiFi, Electrically Driven Lasers

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    A City College of New York (CUNY) research team has demonstrated an LED based on half-light, half-matter quasiparticles in atomically...

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    By the numbers

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    Theories are often rooted in paradox. We observe something that defies an assumption, and then we study it to discover...

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    Deities, dolls, dignitaries

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    Whether for sentiment, wonder, or weirdness, humans seem inexplicably interested in creating and displaying wax figures. Some ancient civilizations made...

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    Using Light to Optically Regulate Cell Fate for Regenerative Medicine

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    Researchers at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) have shown that optical modulation can be exploited to directly control the fate...

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    Visible-Light-Activated Prodrug Can Combat Chemo’s Side Effects

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    Many antitumor drugs used in chemotherapy move around in the patient’s blood after intake. Healthy cells may be killed along...

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    ICFO light-sheet microscopy prototype promises better views of cell dynamics

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    The MAFIn project will develop a module suitable for attachment to existing LSM platforms.

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    TOPTICA Photonics Names New Senior Director of Biophotonics and New Materials

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    TOPTICA Photonics has appointed Holger Quast as senior director of biophotonics and materials. Quast will take over the strategic and...

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    Fraunhofer IWM ready to scale-up glass-bending breakthrough

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    Laser-based process to shape glass sheets could be used in medical technology and industrial design.

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    Hybrid AM laser manufacturing unites conventional and additive processes

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    BMBF-funded 3D printing project led by Fraunhofer ILT, will be showcased at next month's formnext expo.

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    Huber+Suhner acquires BKtel Group for CHF 50M

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    To strengthen its position in the WAN / Access optical networks "core markets".

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    Precision Optics reports positive Q4 and 2019 results

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    Significantly improved sales enhanced by income from acquisition of Ross Optical, which grew customer base and defense sector capabilities.

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    Laser speckle spots fires through dust and steam

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    Denmark's DFM develops detection method for harsh environments.

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    A Nanophotonic Microwave Imager

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    A miniaturized single-chip near-field imager could lead to next-gen, handheld microwave cameras for tumor detection or seeing through walls.

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    Alertgy and Okmetic Oy Win for Sensor Innovations

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    SEMI has announced Alertgy and Okmetic Oy as winners of the SEMI MEMS & Imaging Sensors Summit Technology Showcase. The...

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    Monroe Community College Awarded $4.4M by Naval Research Office for Training Optics Techs

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    Monroe Community College (MCC) has been awarded a $4.4 million grant by the Office of Naval Research for its Defense...

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    Smartphone Data Show Voters in Black Neighborhoods Wait Longer

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    A new analysis adds to existing evidence for a racial disparity in wait times at polling places -- Read more...

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    Emerging Investigators Series – Jacqueline Linnes

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    Dr. Jacqueline Linnes is an Assistant Professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. She received her...

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    PINOVA Capital Acquires Majority Stake in Sill Optics

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    Munich-based private equity firm PINOVA Capital has acquired all shares in Sill Optics along with Christoph Sieber, managing director. Sieber...

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    Stemmer Imaging results show 'satisfactory growth'

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    Vision systems giant’s revenue up 8.3% to €109M despite challenging market conditions.

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    Coherent launches laser specifed for materials processing

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    Carbon dioxide laser-based sub-system is designed for treating organic substrates, ceramics and glass combinations.

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    Managing Crop Stress with Machine Learning, UAVs, and Hyperspectral Imaging

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    Iowa State University scientists are developing a machine learning system that could automate farmers’ ability to diagnose a range of...

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    Canon Medical Acquires Toshiba’s Imaging Systems Division

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    Canon Medical Systems USA has acquired Toshiba's Imaging Systems Division, which will be integrated into the company as the Video...

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    Optifab 2019 to Showcase the Latest in Optical Manufacturing

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    SPIE Optifab 2019, North America’s largest optical manufacturing conference and exhibition, will be held Oct. 14-17 at the Rochester Riverside...

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    Photonics West 2020 to feature two Nobel Laureates, Prism Awards

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    SPIE’s Photonics West 2020 (Feb. 1-6) already boasts two Nobel Laureates as confirmed presenters, and is on track to match...

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    Could Immunotherapy Treat Diseases Besides Cancer?

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    Approaches for boosting the body’s immune system are being tried for autoimmune and heart conditions, but it is too early...

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    Stemmer Imaging Posts €109 M for 2018/2019 Fiscal Year

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    Stemmer Imaging AG has published its final figures for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, which show revenue grew 8.3% to €109...

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    Hollow-Core Fiber Technology Shows Low Loss, Longer Transmission

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    The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton has further advanced hollow-core fiber technology, a potential alternative to...

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    ORC researchers set new records for hollow-core optical transmission

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    Southampton experts say future looks bright for hollow-core fiber, while presenting breakthroughs at ECOC 2019.

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    Can Rabbits Help Unravel the Mystery of Female Orgasm?

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    A study suggests the phenomenon may have evolved from a mechanism for triggering ovulation -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Progress in Ultrafast Thin-Disk Lasers

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    An OSA Laser Congress plenary speaker talks about the rapid progress, increasing application areas and next steps for high-average-power ultrafast...

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    Invisible Ink? Just Add Water

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    Chemists devise reusable “security paper” on which images can be printed invisibly using ordinary H20, recovered using UV light, and...

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    A Tweezer in a Tweezer

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    Technique combining far-field and near-field optical focusing could provide flexible approach to manipulating subwavelength-scale colloidal particles in fluids.

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    OLED pilot line to offer flexible access with laser singulation

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    'Lyteus' service including roll-to-roll laser cutting intended to support development of innovative lighting products.

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    A Quarter-Century of Optical Network Research

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    The Optical Networks Group at University College London celebrates its 25th anniversary, and looks at some of the questions that...

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    Spectroscopy Technique Widens the Spectra for Measuring Molecular Structure

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    Researchers at the University of Tokyo have combined two current spectroscopy techniques — infrared (IR) absorption and Raman scattering spectrometry...

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    Machine Learning Helps Tune, Characterize Quantum Dots Quickly

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    Using a machine-learning approach, scientists from the Universities of Oxford, Basel, and Lancaster are automating the process of characterizing and...

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    Paladino to Join Photronics’ Board of Directors

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    Mary Paladino will join Photronics Inc.’s board of directors as an independent director, effective Oct. 1. Paladino is a certified...

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    Shoe laser to 'unfreeze' people with Parkinson's wins €1 million prize

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    Projected guide lines on the floor in front of patient achieve clear reduction in symptoms.

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    Humans Can Improve Technology without Really Understanding It

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    Small tweaks, not deep physical insight, can lead to a better mousetrap -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Lumibird’s half-year figures reflect ‘strengthening of capacity’

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    First six months’ earnings up 22% to €6.7M (+9.1%) but operating income of €2.6m is down by 7%.

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    Machine Learning Speeds Metamaterial Design for Thermophotovoltaic Devices

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    A Duke University engineering team has used machine learning to design dielectric metamaterials that absorb and emit specific frequencies of...

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    ICESat-2 passes trillion-pulse milestone offering a wealth of planet data

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    Lidar satellite already providing vital insights into the effects of climate change, say scientists interpreting first tranche of data.

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    Dust Photonics wins $25M in Series B funding

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    Israel-based provider of optical modules for data center connectivity benefits from investment led by Intel Capital.

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    Space Archaeologist Probes History in Orbit

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    Alice Gorman argues for preserving more of humanity’s off-world heritage -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    II-VI completes Finisar acquisition

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    $3.2BN deal creates giant photonics company employing 25,000 people across 70 locations.

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    Adva leads project to develop advanced silicon transceivers

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    PEARLS consortium is using quantum dot technology to integrate lasers onto electro-photonic silicon chips.

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    Two Linguists Use Their Skills to Inspect 21,739 Trump Tweets

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    Posts made by the @realDonaldTrump account demonstrate how the president’s linguistic style changed as he advanced toward the White House...

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    Quantum Satellite Probes Exotic Space-Time

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    New data do not support a theory that favors relativity over quantum mechanics.

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    Light-Activated Biohybrid Bots Drive Muscle Activity Through Nerve Cells

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    Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed soft, microscopic, swimming biohybrid robots powered by skeletal muscle tissue...

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    Mount Sinai Establishes Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Institute

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    The Mount Sinai Health System has established the Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Institute, which will create biomedical engineering research and...

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    Lamprecht Named Next President and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG

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    Karl Lamprecht will assume the role of president and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG, effective April 1, 2020. He will...

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    Imec extends silicon photonics to next-gen data centers

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    Nanotechnologies research hub is this week making 12 presentations at ECOC.

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    New Studies Warn of Cataclysmic Solar Superstorms

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    New data suggest the New York Railroad Storm could have surpassed the intensity of the famous Carrington Event of 1859...

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    Constantin Häfner named new Fraunhofer ILT director

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    Replacement announced for Prof. Reinhart Poprawe, the outgoing previous chairholder and director.

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    CSEM laser looks good for space-based gravitational wave detector

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    Prototype based around OEwaves seed laser said to be close to meeting stiff reliability demands of ambitious 'LISA' mission.

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    i-VISION project wins further funding

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    New research grant supports development of retinal prosthesis technology.

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    Investors back Scintil Photonics for laser-PIC integration

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    €4M funding tranche will enable fabless company to accelerate industrialization of silicon photonics technology.

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    High-Performance Organic Photovoltaic Cells for Indoor Use

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    Scientists from Linköping University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the University of Science and Technology Beijing have developed organic...

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    Quantum Foundry to Develop Materials for Quantum-Based Technologies

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    The University of California, Santa Barbara will be the home of the nation’s first Quantum Foundry, a center for developing...

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    Photon Etc. Awarded Commercial Innovation of the Year at WMIC

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    Photon etc. received the fifth annual Commercial Innovation of the Year Award at the 2019 World Molecular Imaging Congress (WMIC)...

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    Zald Named Director of Rutgers Center for Advanced Human Brain Imaging Research

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    David H. Zald has been appointed director of the new Rutgers Center for Advanced Human Brain Imaging Research at the...

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    Prehistoric Suckers, Slapping Robots and Three Billion Birds Gone: Science GIFs to Start Your Week

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    Enjoy and loop on -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Where AI meets the real world

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    Inventor and technologist Haresh Sippy urged those seeking to solve thorny problems to “tackle the root cause, not the effect.”...

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    Using Green Light to Synthesize Organic Compounds

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    A team from Yokohama National University has developed oxygen heterocycles using green light as a photocatalyst. Their sustainable approach to...

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    On-Chip Tunable Photonic Delay Line Could Help Miniaturize OCT Devices

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    Scientists at Columbia University have developed an on-chip, tunable photonic delay line to miniaturize imaging technology. Using their on-chip technology...

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    NKT Photonics Opens Production Facility and Sales Office in Boston

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    Michigan team wins funding to upgrade HERCULES laser to 3 PW

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    Visions of a Quantum Internet

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    A plenary talk at FiO+LS 2019 dug into the potential, and challenges, in creating a worldwide network of quantum information.

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    A laser-based additive manufacturing technique easily and affordably creates high-quality microlenses with a variety of shapes and optical properties.

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    Drone Using IoT Tech Could Lead to Earlier Detection of Forest Fires

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    An automatic flight system with real-time connectivity could help prevent large-scale forest fires by locating and detecting fires where and...

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    Opsens Solutions Partners with Temai Ingenieros to Develop Optical-Based Fuel Monitoring System

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    Opsens Solutions Inc. is partnering with Temai Ingenieros SL, a designer and manufacturer of aeronautical electronics, for the commissioning of...

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    Quantum Dot Microscope Can Measure Electric Surface Potentials of Single Atoms

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    A new scanning quantum dot microscopy method can measure the electric potential of a sample at atomic accuracy. It was...

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    L3 sees electro-optics business booming

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    Military contractor’s Wescam subsidiary posts record order levels and double-digit growth fueled partly by drone demand.

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    Phablabs 4.0 project encourages girls into STEM sector

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    EU photonics initiative being staged in 10 European countries; 1221 girls have attended engagement activities since 2018.

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    CILAS to make adaptive optics mirrors for giant Hawaii telescope

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    Ariane subsidiary signs deal to provide largest piezoelectric deformable mirrors ever fabricated.

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    Domestication Made Dogs' Facial Anatomy More Fetching to Humans

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    Wolves lack the muscles that allow dogs to raise their eyebrows and make puppy dog eyes -- Read more on...

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    Gene Increases Risk for Pot Addiction

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    First gene associated with cannabis abuse likely affects how people respond to the drug -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    In the Wiggle of an Ear, a Surprising Insight into Bat Sonar

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    It could lead to drones that fly like bats -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Light Energy and Biomass Can Be Converted to Fuel and Hydrogen

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    A team at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, led by professor Feng Wang,...

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    A Light-Driven Process to Oxidize Plastic Surfaces for Industry Safely

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    Researchers at Osaka University have developed a light-driven process for oxidizing polypropylene (PP), a widely used plastic, without creating waste....

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    Better Memory through Electrical Brain Ripples

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    A study in mice shows improved cognitive performance when these bursting signals move around memory circuits -- Read more on...

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    SUNY Poly Research Team Awarded Nearly $1M, Study Could Lead to AI Systems 30,000× Faster Than Human Brain

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    Two State University of New York Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) researchers have been awarded $900,000 in funding from the Rome-based...

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    When only 3D vision will do

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    For barcode reading, label verification, and presence detection, traditional 2D machine vision fits the bill. But for increasingly complex imaging...

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    Wheel and Tire Validation System Offers Quick Inspection

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    To protect drivers and meet government requirements, automotive manufacturers require 100% inspection of every product that leaves a supplier’s facility....

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    Gap and Flush System a Good Fit for Chrysler Assembly Plant

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    While a crooked painting in your office would certainly catch your notice, a car door askew by less than a...

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    Vision-Guided Robots Pick Ripe Strawberries in Seconds

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    Despite the fact that America’s consumption of strawberries is rising, fewer agricultural workers are available to pick them, creating a...

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    Focal Point with Cognex’s Reto Wyss

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    What will deep learning mean to machine vision and automation? For four decades, tool-based vision has dominated the scene; people...

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    Newsight Imaging Collaborates with ZKW

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    TEL AVIV, Israel, June 14, 2019 — Imaging Ltd., a developer of advanced CMOS image sensor chips, is collaborating with...

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    Ecological Detectives Hunt for San Francisco’s Vanished Waterways

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    Recovering “ghost creeks” from past landscapes can help protect the city’s future amid climate chaos -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Cheap microlens fabrication method uses single laser pulse

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    Simple technique developed at Italian Institute of Technology, Genoa, is "poised to expand applications", say developers.

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    Queen’s Birthday Honours reward photonics stars

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    UK science and industry figures recognized for research, education and business achievements.

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    The Bitter Truth: Scientists Sequence the Almond Genome

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    Cracking the nut’s “cyanide problem” could make it easier to cultivate sweeter varieties of this ancient snack -- Read more...

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    World of Photonics Congress to Bridge Theory and Practice

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    The 24th World of Photonics Congress is set to take place in Munich on June 23-27. Featuring seven scientific conferences...

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    Diamond Metalens Could Improve Quantum Device Performance and Scalability

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    At the chemical level, diamonds are no more than carbon atoms aligned in a 3D crystal lattice. Even a diamond...

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    UV Light Used to Characterize Devices, Improve Performance

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    Researchers from the Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech) used UV light to test the performance of miniaturized semiconductors for next-generation...

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    United Lens Company Undergoing $15M Renovation

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    United Lens Company (ULC) is undergoing a two-year, $15 million renovation project to modernize its 200,000-sq-ft production facility, which will...

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    Bosshard and Bucourt Join EPIC Board of Directors

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    The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) welcomed Christian Bosshard, vice president of the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM),...

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    Queen's Birthday Honours reward photonics stars

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    UK science and industry figures recognized for research, education and business achievements.

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    Ecological Detectives Hunt for San Francisco's Vanished Waterways

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    Recovering “ghost creeks” from past landscapes can help protect the city’s future amid climate chaos -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Veziroglu Leading SA Photonics’ Communications and Sensing Division

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    SA Photonics promoted Mustafa Veziroglu to vice president and general manager of its Communications and Sensing (C&S) division in April....

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    Coherent Diffraction Imaging Expands Researcher Tool Set

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    Both optical and x-ray microscopy are well-established tools, but nanoscale imaging with light in the intermediate range — specifically the...

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    Watch a Raging Forest Fire Surround You in 360 Degrees

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    Nightmarish spherical videos, shot from the center of an inferno, demonstrate how they spread -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Infrared frequency comb identifies bio-samples and more

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    Breakthrough system from NIST-led international group detects key wavelengths using photodiodes operating in the near-infrared.

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    Emberion to present graphene photonics developments at LASER

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    Various new products and associated software will be on show at LASER World of Photonics event.

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    Sense Photonics lands $26M venture round

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    Durham, North Carolina, startup joins the stampede chasing emerging market for lidar systems in autonomous vehicles.

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    Using Marijuana to Get High Dates Back Millennia

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    Ancient site points to weed’s role in burial rites -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Water on Europa–with a Pinch of Salt

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    Much like Earth’s seas, the subsurface ocean of this icy moon of Jupiter contains sodium chloride, the main ingredient of...

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    Quantum Hits the Silver Screen

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    In a film festival hosted at the Glasgow Science Center, 10 short films—ranging from sci-fi adventures to quantum detectives—will creatively...

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    A Frequency Comb for Biological Applications

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    A compact frequency comb setup can measure the entire infrared band to quickly detect biological, chemical and physical properties of...

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    Machine Learning and Computer Vision Lead to Smarter, More Precise Crop Management

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    Researchers at the Earlham Institute (EI), working with G’s Growers in Ely, England, have developed a machine learning platform that...

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    Innovations in Flow Cytometry Expand Its Use in Clinical Diagnostics

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    The outstanding achievements of immunologists James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo — winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize for medicine...

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    Hamamatsu light-sheet cytometer promises faster cell culture analysis

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    Platform based on company's Zyncscan technology facilitates high-throughput fluorescence imaging.

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    Two-for-One: Chickenpox Vaccine Lowers Shingles Risk in Children

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    Immunization reduces the likelihood of a painful reemergence of the virus in kids -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Are People with ADHD More Creative?

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    A look at whether people whose minds drift away easily, such as those with the disorder, are more likely to...

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    Optoscribe and Sumitomo Electric Deliver Field-Deployed Testbed for MCF Communications

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    Optoscribe, a supplier of 3D glass-based integrated photonics components, and Sumitomo Electric Industries, an optical fiber cable manufacturing technology supplier,...

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    Lidar system enables visual effects for Game of Thrones

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    Imaging hardware & software from Teledyne Optech uses 3D data acquisition to recreate "old Dubrovnik" set.

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    ‘First light’ for direct exoplanet imager

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    Collaboration between European Southern Observatory and Breakthrough Initiatives begins search for Earth-like planets in the cosmic backyard.

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    Light-Powered Nano-Microbial ‘Factories’ Could Help Reduce Carbon

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    Using light-activated quantum dots to activate specific enzymes within microbial cells, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder)...

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    'First light' for direct exoplanet imager

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    Collaboration between European Southern Observatory and Breakthrough Initiatives begins search for Earth-like planets in the cosmic backyard.

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    NIRS Surpasses Conventional Diagnostics for Orthopedics

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    As the aging population continues to grow, the number of people suffering from musculoskeletal diseases, such as osteoarthritis (OA), is...

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    Multispectral Imaging Aids Wound Healing, Pathology Research

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    From airborne mapping to astronomical imaging to manufacturing inspection, multispectral imaging (MSI) has long been the go-to tool for extracting...

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    Interview: The Once and Future Moon

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    Oliver Morton discusses his new book about how art, science and politics have shaped past, present and planned voyages to...

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    Expanding Graphene’s Horizons with Lasers

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    Two recent studies report laser-driven approaches to make the legendary 2-D material more application-ready.

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    Selective Formation of Excitons Could Lower OLED Energy Requirements

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    Scientists from RIKEN and the University of California, San Diego, in collaboration with international partners, have demonstrated a new way...

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    M-Squared shortlisted for MacRobert Award

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    UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering includes the Glasgow laser firm as one of four finalists competing for its innovation prize.

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    Dr. Patricia Bath, Ophthalmology Pioneer Who Developed Laser Technique for Removing Cataracts, Dies at 76

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    Dr. Patricia Bath, a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology and inventor of the laserphaco probe cataract treatment, died May...

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    Growing 2D Crystals Over 3D Surfaces Could Be a Way to Engineer Quantum Emission

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    A team led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) explored how 2D crystals grow over 3D objects and how...

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    2D Material Combines Long Lifetime with Freedom of Movement

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    Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) have developed a method to isolate thin layers of tungsten diselenide (WSe2) — a...

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    Laser head to combine cut and weld functions with additive manufacturing

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    Latest progress on Fraunhofer-led project for electric vehicle production to feature at LASER World of Photonics.

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    Bumping Up Frame Number with CUST Photography

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    An ultrafast imaging method allows for both a high frame rate and frame number, opening up a window for observing...

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    JonDeTech Appoints Lindeberg New CEO

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    Swedish nanotechnology and IR sensor manufacturer JonDeTech appointed Per Lindeberg CEO, succeeding interm CEO and present COO, Leif Borg. Borg...

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    LEDs Could Boost Cognitive Performance of Astronauts During Long Missions

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    Hanli Liu, professor of bioengineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and Jacek Dmochowski, assistant professor of bioengineering...

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    JonDeTech Appoints Lindeberg CEO, Succeeding Borg

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    Swedish nanotechnology and IR sensor manufacturer JonDeTech appointed Per Lindeberg CEO, succeeding interm CEO and present COO, Leif Borg. Borg...

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    The Deep Ocean Harbors a Mountain of Microplastic Pollution

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    Four times as many plastic particles turned up in the deep waters of a “clean” patch of ocean than on...

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    An Electrically Pumped Organic Laser Diode

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    Combination of robust, low-loss organic material and strategically placed optical grating could lead to a higher profile for organic lasers...

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