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    Wyant College ophthalmology tech backed by Arizona capital fund

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    'iCrx' laser phoropter can automatically determine visual prescriptions in just 20 seconds.

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    One small camera click by a man, one giant photo album for mankind

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    Zeiss recalls developing its bespoke camera lenses that recorded first visit to the Moon, 50 years ago.

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    Hyundai Mobis develops Driver State Warning technology

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    Eye tracking, facial recognition system to be applied to commercial vehicles in Korea to boost safety.

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    Optogenetics pioneers win prestigious medical research award

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    Ed Boyden, Peter Hegemann, Gero Miesenböck and Karl Deisseroth share $500,000 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize.

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    Climate Solution: Use Carbon Dioxide to Generate Electricity

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    Sending atmospheric CO2 into underground methane hydrates could clean the air and create revenue -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    The Brain in Images: Top Entries in the Art of Neuroscience

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    Scientific American presents the winner and runners-up of the ninth annual Art of Neuroscience contest, along with other notable entries...

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    US Army Awards Northrop Grumman $17.6M to Upgrade Lasers

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    Northrop Grumman Corp. has received a $17.6 million award from the U.S. Army to upgrade the Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder...

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    Nanostructured Glass Is Based on Butterfly Wing

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    Glass for displays, tablets, laptops, smartphones, and solar cells needs to allow light to pass through, but could benefit from...

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    Nanostructures free photons to boost white OLED efficiency

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    Researchers at TU Dresden achieve external quantum efficiency of 76.3% with scalable, lithography-free method.

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    NASA goes retro with new lunar optics

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    On the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, NASA backs a plan to deploy more retroreflectors on the lunar...

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    Navigating a Quantum Chessboard

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    Proposed setup to solve a version of the mathematical N-queens problem could offer a test of “quantum supremacy” for computational...

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    Luminar lidar to hit the road in 2022 with 'sub-$1000' price tag

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    Launch of 'Iris' product sketched out as Californian startup passes $250 million funding milestone.

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    Anorexia May Be Linked to Metabolism, a Genetic Analysis Suggests

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    A large, correlation-based study identifies eight genome regions associated with the eating disorder -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    How to Stop Prisons from Laying the Groundwork for a Fatal Overdose

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    A Rhode Island program to prevent ex-inmate relapses and deaths is working -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    ‘Your mind to my mind …’

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    Ever since the debut of the series Star Trek, people have wanted to create technologies that mimicked or surpassed those...

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    Physicists Develop New Method to Verify Photon Entanglement

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    A team of researchers from the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) has introduced a novel...

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    A vision forward and back

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    My time with BioPhotonics magazine and Photonics Media has come to an end. After nearly six years, I’m moving toward...

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    OLED Efficiency Is Improved by Freeing Trapped Photons

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    An international research team led by Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden) has found a way to significantly boost OLED efficiency...

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    Partnership Between ams and MEGVII to Offer Face Recognition

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    High-performance sensor supplier ams AG and artificial intelligence developer MEGVII have signed a partnership agreement to jointly create and promote...

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    Precision Optics Acquires Ross Optical for $2M

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    Precision Optics Corp. Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced optical instruments for the medical and defense industries, has completed...

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    Flexible Fiber Optics for Wearable Temperature Sensing

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    Elastomer core-cladding fiber structure, with embedded upconversion nanoparticles, could provide a platform for developing wearable monitors for health care.

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    Tropical Storm Barry's Dangers Will Reach Far Inland

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    Rains from the system will prolong the already historic flooding along the Mississippi -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    What to Expect from India's Second Moon Mission

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    The Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, lander and rover will seek out water ice and other potentially valuable resources near the lunar south...

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    Taking the Chill Off of Terahertz

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    Research groups develop ultrasensitive detector and quantum cascade laser for THz band that eliminate need for cryogenic cooling, expanding application...

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    Keeping cells happy and healthy

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    Superresolution has been a hot topic within the microscopy community since the 2014 Nobel Prize in chemistry was awarded. Breaking...

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    New Theory Aims to Advance Quantum Computing

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    A protocol for storing and releasing a single photon in an embedded eigenstate — a quantum state that is virtually...

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    Rofin-Sinar UK Rebrands as Luxinar

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    Industrial laser company Rofin-Sinar UK has rebranded as Luxinar Ltd., effective June 25, marking a new chapter in the company’s...

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    'Indispensable' lidar helps sweep up Chinese streets

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    Photonic sensors from Velodyne used for real-time navigation in 'Viggo' road sweepers.

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    Humans Fold: AI Conquers Poker's Final Milestone

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    A new program outperforms professionals in six-player games. Could business, political or military applications come next? -- Read more on...

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    A New Twist on Artificial Muscles

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    Several designs could find uses in tiny robots and biomedical devices -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Viking History Is Melting Away in Greenland

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    Climate change is already rotting archaeological sites in the Arctic, and Norse Viking-era settlements are at high risk -- Read...

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    Spectral Evolution Moves to Expanded Facilities

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    Spectral Evolution has moved operations to expanded facilities in Haverhill, Mass., to provide more space for engineering, test, and manufacturing....

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    Smartphones Provide Cost-Effective Telemedical Eye Screening in India

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    The Eye Clinic at the University Hospital Bonn and the Sankara Eye Foundation in India are collaborating to introduce smartphone-based...

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    Squeezing Quantum Dots to Tune Their Wavelength, Allow Interaction

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    A technique for squeezing quantum dots, developed at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), could enable many quantum dots to...

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    UK budgets £130M for laser and RF weapons development

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    Ministry of Defence aiming to develop three new directed energy weapon demonstrators, with trials planned for 2023.

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    Science and Sustainability May Clash on the Moon

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    Lunar ice could be a crucial resource for future explorers. It could also be an astrobiological treasure trove. Can it...

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    Emerging Investigator Series – Joo H. Kang

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    Dr. Joo H. Kang is currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Life Sciences at...

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    Emerging Investigator Series – Mei He

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    Dr. He is a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Kansas. She received her PhD degree from the University...

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    CMOS-Compatible Bragg Solitons

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    Researchers observe soliton dynamics on a CMOS-compatible photonic circuit platform, which could potentially speed up future telecommunications networks.

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    Superresolution Imaging Method Aids in Water Decontamination

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    An imaging technique developed by Cornell University researchers shows promise as a tool for decontaminating water. The new approach allows...

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    Cisco to Acquire Optical Interconnect Giant Acacia for $2.6 B

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    Cisco has agreed to pay $2.6 billion to acquire Acacia Communications, a developer, manufacturer, and seller of high-speed coherent optical...

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    Metasurface gratings offer new route to polarization imaging

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    Harvard SEAS develops compact camera platform for machine vision and other uses.

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    Lumedica looks to fine-tune low-cost OCT system with SBIR grant

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    Duke University spin-out wins Phase II funding to further develop device for clinical applications in low-resource settings.

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    Cicso targets silicon photonics again with $2.6BN Acacia bid

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    Provider of coherent optical interconnects expected to help the telecoms giant meet escalating data demand.

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    Sub-sea 3D laser camera readied for commercial introduction

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    System developed under 'UTOFIA' European project works in murky waters to depths of hundreds of meters.

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    Quanergy lidar sensors land security mission

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    Installation in South Korea to be completed in several phases, says Silicon Valley firm.

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    Quirky Quantum Tunneling Observed

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    A new study finds observational evidence of Klein tunneling, a strange phenomenon that enables particles to pass through even the...

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    A Different Kind of Smart Glass

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    Researchers propose a method that would use nanophotonic structures to embed artificial intelligence and image-recognition capabilities into clear glass.

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    TOPTICA Photonics Opens Facilities in China

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    Laser developer and producer TOPTICA has expanded into China with a head office in Shanghai and a branch in Beijing...

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    Low-Noise Avalanche Photodiode Could Advance Data Communications

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    A new development in semiconductor technology, leading to an ultrafast, highly sensitive avalanche photodiode (APD) with extremely low excessive noise,...

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    LightPath Technologies Appoints Symmons COO, Realigns Organization

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    LightPath Technologies Inc., a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, and integrator of proprietary optical and infrared components and assemblies, has appointed...

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    Smart Glass Could Offer a New Route to Machine Vision

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    A new type of smart glass, developed by a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, leverages optical reflection to recognize...

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    Virginia Tech Professor Receives Google Faculty Research Award

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    A Virginia Tech professor has been honored with a Google Faculty Research Award to support his work in detecting human-object...

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    Deep Learning Technique Could Speed the Search for Galaxy Clusters

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    Deep-CEE, a deep learning technique developed by scientists at Lancaster University, can efficiently localize and classify objects in wide-field color...

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    Osram bosses back private equity takeover

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    €3.4 billion bid for lighting giant from Bain Capital and Carlyle Group will require 70 per cent shareholder support.

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    New Math for Silicon PVs: One Photon = Two Electrons

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    Researchers fashion silicon solar-cell heterostructures in which a single incident photon can yield two electrons, significantly boosting maximum theoretical efficiency.

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    European Investment Bank supports Mauna Kea

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    French developer of optical biopsy technology says it has received first tranche of €11.5 million loan on favorable terms.

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    Future Gravitational Wave Detectors Could Find Exoplanets, Too

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    Although meant to study merging supermassive black holes, the European Space Agency’s LISA mission might also discover hundreds of worlds...

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    Infinera Provides DWDM to Connect Sicily with Europe

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    Infinera, a supplier of networking solutions, announced it is providing Italy's largest internet service provider with optical network hardware in...

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    Soliton Dynamics Could Lead to New On-Chip Signal Processing Apps

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    Researchers have found a way to manipulate a soliton on a silicon chip at both the source and reception end...

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    Future Gravitational-Wave Detectors Could Find Exoplanets, Too

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    Although meant to study merging supermassive black holes, the European Space Agency’s LISA mission might also discover hundreds of worlds...

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    Meyer Burger tops up Oxford PV funding round

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    Swiss equipment vendor aids completion of £65M series D venture round for UK developer of perovskite solar cells.

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    Trumpf steps up expansion of its smart factory solutions

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    GFT, a global IT engineering and technology consultancy, acquires Trumpf's Axoom business portfolio and workforce in Karlsruhe.

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    Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Enable a Renewable Grid

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    A roadblock to sustainable energy solutions is coming unstuck -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    DNA Data Storage Is Closer Than You Think

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    Life’s information-storage system is being adapted to handle massive amounts of information -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Metasurface-Based Camera Could Simplify Polarization Imaging for Vision Systems

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    Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a compact, portable camera...

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    A New Tool for Live-Cell Imaging

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    To expand the toolbox of imaging in living cells, researchers from Colorado State University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology...

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    Sensor Company ams and SmartSens Partner on 3D and NIR

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    Sensor company ams AG is partnering with SmartSens Technology Co. Ltd., a supplier of CMOS imaging systems, to meet an...

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    'Eyes' on the Runway: Vision-Assisted Navigation Smooths Landings

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    Automatic landings have been commonplace in commercial aviation for some time, and they help pilots touch down safely at large...

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    Massive Forest Restoration Could Greatly Slow Global Warming

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    The right trees, planted in the right locations, could store 205 gigatons of carbon dioxide -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Safer Nuclear Reactors Are on the Way

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    Resilient fuels and innovative reactors could enable a resurgence of nuclear power -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Advanced Food Tracking and Packaging Will Save Lives and Cut Waste

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    A combination of two technologies could vastly improve food safety -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Rockley Photonics announces further $52M funding

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    Latest investment round, the first close of its Series E investment round, takes the total raised by Rockley to date...

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    Terahertz imaging spots microscopic twists in tissues

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    University of Michigan project provides structural information without harmful X-rays.

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    Trumpf platform brings high productivity to denture manufacture

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    Cadspeed uses Trumpf system to accelerate manufacture and improve quality.

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    Collaborative Telepresence Could Render Distance (Relatively) Meaningless

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    Soon participants in virtual gatherings will feel like they are physically together -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Smarter Fertilizers Can Reduce Environmental Contamination

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    New formulations deliver nourishment on demand -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    TV-Tube Technology Builds an Efficient Light Bulb

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    Russian research team reports creation of a cathodoluminescent lamp that could complement LED bulbs in some applications.

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    Innovations in Optics Hires Donahue as Manufacturing Operations Director

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    Innovations in Optics Inc. has hired Dennis Donahue as director of manufacturing operations. He will report directly to CEO Thomas...

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    NASA Jet Propulsion Lab installs SuperCam on Mars 2020 rover

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    Camera, laser, spectrometer combination specified to identify "pencil point" targets from 6m away.

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    Novel materials enable VIS-IR-sensitive solar cells

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    Florida State University researchers use perovskite coupled with rubrene to facilitate photon upconversion.

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    Worm Wiring Diagram May Help Us Understand Our Own Nervous System

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    Genes in the humble C. elegans also turn up in autism, schizophrenia and other human disorders -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Hubble Captures a Stellar Fireworks Show

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    Reaching Earth just in time for Independence Day — a new view from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, which includes ultraviolet...

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    Juergen Czarske Recipient of OSA Award

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    The Optical Society (OSA) has named Juergen Czarske of Technische Universitat Dresden (TU Dresden) the recipient of the 2019 Joseph...

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    Optochemogenetics Tested for Neuronal Repair after Stroke

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    Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have developed optochemogenetics, a combinatorial approach based on optogenetics and chemogenetics, to enable...

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    Weights, measures, constants

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    In 1945, The Bridge on the Drina, by Ivo Andric, was published. In the novel, Andric (who won the Nobel...

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    Analog Devices and First Sensor to develop new lidar solutions

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    Optimizing interconnect between APDs and TIAs is partners' focus – with the aim of accelerating “future of autonomous driving”.

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    Partnership to enable ‘plug-and-play’ 3D facial recognition

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    AMS, Megvii working to develop ID system in smart devices for home, retail, security applications.

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    Luminate NY competition backs photonics SMEs

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    Ovitz wins top prize to assist with growth and product development.

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    Tiny Lenses Will Enable Design of Miniature Optical Devices

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    Thin, flat metalenses could replace bulky glass for manipulating light -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Social Robots Play Nicely with Others

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    Droid friends and assistants are penetrating deeper into our lives -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    The Space Station May Soon Smell like Fresh-Baked Cookies

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    Astronauts plan to test an oven designed to work in microgravity—and boost morale  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Powerful laser diodes cut stress in metal 3D-printed parts

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    Technique, using diodes borrowed from LLNL's National Ignition Facility cuts residual stress by as much as 90 percent.

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    New Method for Tackling Stroke Restrains an Overactive Immune System

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    Shutting down an inflammatory molecule could potentially provide treatment days after onset -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    A Special Class of Proteins Are Promising Targets for Drugs for Cancer and Alzehimer's

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    New possibilities for treating cancer and other ills -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Trumpf, GFT, Axoom Expand Smart Factory Solutions

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    Trumpf is expanding its smart factory solutions by combining them with its machine networking and platform operation headquartered in Ditzingen,...

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    Worldwide Solar Energy Model Provides Historical PV Performance Data

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    A model for how much energy photovoltaic (PV) systems produce worldwide has been developed by researchers at Aarhus University. The...

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    A Special Class of Proteins Is Promising Targets for Drugs for Cancer and Alzheimer's

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    New possibilities for treating cancer and other ills -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Gelest Acquires Bimax

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    Gelest Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of silicones, organosilanes, and metal-organics for advanced technology markets, has acquired Bimax, a manufacturer...

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    A Special Class of Proteins Offers Promising Targets for Drugs for Cancer and Alzheimer's

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    New possibilities for treating cancer and other ills -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    LASER 2019: "Bigger and better"

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    Organizer Messe München publishes an upbeat review of the expanded conference and expo.

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    NASA invests $45M in US firms for space technology

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    Development funds allocated to many photonics-related developments and companies across America.

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    Bioplastics Could Solve a Major Pollution Problem

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    Advanced solvents and enzymes are transforming woody wastes into better biodegradable plastics -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019

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    World-changing technologies that are poised to rattle the status quo -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Researchers Reveal Self-Torque in Twisted Light Beams

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    Elegant theoretical and experimental work unveils a previously unknown degree of freedom in certain beams carrying orbital angular momentum.

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    Nanowires Can Be Tuned to Range of Wavelengths for Optoelectronics

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    A research team at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), in collaboration with researchers at Technische Universität (TU) Dresden and Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)...

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    Quantum Teleportation-Based State Transfer of Photon Polarization in Diamond

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    Researchers from the Yokohama National University have demonstrated reliable quantum state transfer of photon polarization into a carbon nuclear spin...

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    Optical Device for Remote Diagnoses Stores Retina Images in the Cloud

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    Phelcom Technologies has created a portable, low-cost device that is connected to a smartphone and that takes precise images of...

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    AR VR Track at Light and Sound Interactive 2019 Looks to Future

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    At Light and Sound Interactive (LSI), held June 25-27 in Rochester, N.Y., the Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) track made...

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    Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2019: Introduction

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    World-changing technologies that are poised to rattle the status quo -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Light and Sound Interactive 2019 Exceeds Attendance Expectations

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    More than 700 people gathered in Rochester June 25-27 for the 2019 Light and Sound Interactive (LSI), a conference dedicated...

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    Prototype Could Be Used to Connect Quantum Computers

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    Physicists from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) used a mechanical oscillator to produce entangled radiation. According...

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    IR Imaging Technology Could Improve Breast Cancer Detection

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    Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and physicians from the Rochester Regional Health System (RRHS) have developed a noninvasive,...

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    Luminate NY Accelerator Announces Round II Winners

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    Ovitz Corp., the developer of individualized contact lenses to improve vision quality, took the top prize at the Luminate NY...

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    National Photonics Initiative Chairman Ed White Leads TAP Facility Tours at LSI 2019

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    One of the many perks of attending the Light and Sound Interactive (LSI) conference is getting a tour of the...

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    To Clean Drinking Water, Just Add Microbes

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    A new approach to water treatment could be cheaper, produce less waste and possibly help fix nitrate pollution in California ...

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    Micro-Glass-Blowing Creates Tiny Conical Lenses

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    Research team in France draws on ancient principles to develop a cost-effective route for creating glass axicons a millimeter in...

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    Washable Electronic Textiles Can Activate LEDs and Detect Electrocardiogram Signals

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    A transistor fiber for use in wearable electronics has been developed by researchers at the Korea Institute of Science and...

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    New NASA Mission Will Fly Titan's Frigid Skies to Search for Life's Beginnings

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    Dragonfly, a nuclear-powered drone, will visit Saturn’s largest moon in the 2030s -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Our Brain Uses a Not-So-Instant Replay to Make Decisions

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    Neural processing centers repeat recent sequences of events to lay down new memories used for abstract thought -- Read more...

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    Mysterious Outburst's Quiet Cosmic Home Yields More Questions Than Answers

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    For the first time, astronomers have pinpointed the location of a nonrepeating fast radio burst, and the result defies expectations...

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    Luminate NY Set to Award $1M to Startup

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    One startup company will have the opportunity to accelerate its optics, photonics, and imaging (OPI) businesses with a $1 million...

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    International Laser Community Honors Poprawe for Life's Work

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    Nearly 300 laser experts and colleagues gathered to honor retiring professor Reinhart Poprawe for his life’s work during a symposium...

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    What's So Funny? The Science of Why We Laugh

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    Psychologists, neuroscientists and philosophers are trying to understand humor -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Researchers Use ‘New Physics’ to Create Imaging Contrast Agent

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    Scientists at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Fudan University in China have breached a limitation in physics to...

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    LASER 2019: quantum sensor set to predict Etna eruptions

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    Laser-based quantum gravimeter under development at µQUANS scheduled to be field-tested on Europe’s biggest volcano in June 2020.

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    LASER 2019: China faces '15 to 20%' laser market downturn

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    Han's Laser's CTO Qitao Hue paints mixed picture of increasing laser self sufficiency compromised by manufacturing slump and geopolitical maneuvring.

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    LASER 2019: Laserline and Nuburu demo kilowatt blue power

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    Panel session talks highlight systematic advantages of welding with 450 nm diode sources.

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    Going Barefoot Is Good for the Sole

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    Walking without shoes builds calluses, but that does not limit sensation -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Photovoltaic Nanotubes Soak Up Light

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    A semiconductor-based shaped nanomaterial generates electricity from light based on its structure, which could lead to new insights into photovoltaics.

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    European Photonics Project Attracts Girls to STEM Careers

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    A European photonics research consortium gave girls and young women in 10 countries the opportunity to explore STEM careers over...

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    Study Illuminates ‘Hidden’ Phases of Matter

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    Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) demonstrated a metal oxide with a...

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    Scientists Shape Light to Travel Along a Single Branch

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    Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) showed how the branched flow of light can be made to...

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    LASER 2019: quantum sensor set for trip to Mount Etna

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    Laser-based quantum gravimeter under development at µQUANS scheduled to be field-tested on Europe’s biggest volcano in June 2020.

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    LASER 2019: German firms tout auto lidar components

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    Startup and major players target hot emerging market with MEMS mirrors, laser diodes and smart CMOS detectors.

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    LASER 2019: Gérard Mourou: ‘Don’t work to win the Nobel Prize’

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    Nobel Laureate wows Munich with CPA plenary talk and entertains crowd with extended Q&A session.

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    LASER 2019: Silicon photonics progress exceeds wildest expectations

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    Prof. Michal Lipson's plenary says silicon photonics is reaching unexpected applications, solving lidar and neuroscience challenges and more.

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    How to Debate a Science Denier

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    A new finding shows that marshaling facts and identifying an opponent’s rhetorical techniques are effective at dampening a skeptic’s message...

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    Scientists Look to Plants to Increase Solar Panel Efficiency

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    Taking notes from the light-harvesting protein complex of plants and certain bacteria, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven...

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    Space Is Filling Up for the AIM Photonics Summer Academy

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    Join fellow students and colleagues from the photonics industries for a week of intensive short courses on integrated photonics, taking...

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    Superresolution Microscopy Platform Offers Immersive Views of Data

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    A team from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI) is working to combine two...

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    ‘Self-Healing’ Coating Minimizes Lead Leakage from Perovskite Cells

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    Adding a protective layer of epoxy resin to the top of a perovskite solar cell (PSC) can significantly reduce the...

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    UTA and ARL to Develop Longwave-IR Photonic Device Technology

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    A research team from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is working with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to...

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    LASER 2019: Tributes for retiring Poprawe as he considers industrial laser trends

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    “Digital photonics processing along the lines of Industry 4.0” anticipates higher speeds and smarter metal parts, defined by their functionality,...

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    LASER 2019: sector analysis shows climate-protection potential

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    Report by German high-tech industry group Spectaris and partners suggests photonics tech will save at least 3 billion tons of CO...

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    LASER 2019: global plenary takes sonic tour of the cosmos

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    Karsten Danzmann entertains this year’s LASER Congress with a journey through the sounds of the universe.

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