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    3-D Printing inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers

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    In vivo bioprinting might also help repair hernias and treat infertility -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    InfraTec Expands Primary Facility

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    To meet rising demand for sensor products and detectors, InfraTec has expanded its production complex with a €10 million investment....

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    Bridger Photonics’ Aerial Lidar Technology Secures DOE Program Funding

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    The U.S. Department of Energy is awarding Bridger Photonics, a developer of ladar and lidar imaging products and technologies, $4.57...

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    Inrad Optics Receives SBIR Phase I Funding to Develop Pixelated Stilbene Arrays

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    Crystalline materials and optical components manufacturer Inrad Optics has received a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from...

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    Researchers Confirm Drastically Reduced Noise in Room Temperature Optical Fiber

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    A hollow optical fiber developed by researchers at the University of Central Florida greatly reduces noise that interferes with transmitted...

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    Plasma Scattering Microscopy Allows Precise Imaging of Individual Proteins

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    Researchers at Arizona State University have developed a microscopy technique that harnesses surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to enable precision imaging...

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    For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Number 42

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    Here is how a perfectly ordinary number captured the interest of sci-fi enthusiasts, geeks and mathematicians -- Read more on...

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    Ultrafast X-Ray Spectroscopy Gets SMART

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    The researcher spearheading a European training network talks about the promise of an emerging technique and fostering a new generation...

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    PAN-European Network Will Connect Innovation Hubs, Laser-Based Manufacturing Experts

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    A new initiative aims to connect digital innovators in Europe with experts in laser-based manufacturing. Called PULSATE, the project formally...

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    Fraunhofer Leads £10M Effort to Advance Quantum Tech

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    In a project named QT Assemble, Fraunhofer’s Centre for Applied Photonics (CAP) is leading a collaborative effort to make quantum...

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    Low-Energy Light Invigorates Polymer Object Production Process

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    Visible yellow and green light are central to a process that researchers from North Carolina State University used to produce...

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    Multicolor 3D-printing promises novel optical devices

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    Yokohama National University platform controls polymerization and suppresses air bubbles.

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    US National Science Foundation backs Giant Magellan Telescope

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    $17.5M grant from the funding agency supports phasing test-beds for precision alignment of seven huge mirror segments.

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    Can an Algorithm Help Solve Political Paralysis?

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    As faith in government hits historic lows, organizers in the U.K. are trying a new math-based approach to democracy. Would...

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    ZEISS-Led Program Creates Cataract Treatment Teams in China

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    ZEISS has launched the “Vision in County” Cataract Development Program in China. The program aims to strengthen the building of...

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    Silicon Photonic Technology Drives Optical Ultrasound Detector

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    A base of miniaturized photonic circuits, undetectable to the human eye and assembled on top of a silicon chip, has...

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    Versatile Spectroscopy System Acquires Data at Exceptional Speeds Across Platforms

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    Electro-optic combs operating at gigahertz pulse rates have enabled a dual-comb spectrometer capable of acquiring data at exceptionally high speeds...

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    Fraunhofer CAP leads £10m drive to progress optical-quantum technology

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    QT Assemble project to focus on device improvements with waveguide writing and monolithic integration.

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    Busch Microsystems Expands US Presence with JP Sercel Partnership

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    Busch Microsystems, a designer and manufacturer of high-precision motion control systems, has partnered with technical consulting company JP Sercel TBC...

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    Seeing Through Joyce’s Eyes

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    If you want to eat an elephant, conventional advice says to start with the first bite. To build a robot...

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    Bamboozling Photons with a ‘Synthetic’ Magnetic Field

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    Researchers at the University of Exeter have developed a way to manipulate light with a “synthetic” Lorentz force — which...

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    Covid-19 update: 17 September 2020

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    A round-up of this week's coronavirus-related news and countermeasures from the photonics industry.

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    Omega Optical acquired by Artemis Capital Partners

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    Vermont-based manufacturer of optical filters and coatings for spectroscopy is going for growth.

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    Earthquake Sounds Could Reveal How Quickly the Ocean Is Warming

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    A new way of measuring the temperature of the seas could fill in gaps left by limited direct monitoring --...

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    Of Rydberg Blockades and Quantum Repeaters

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    In the final keynote talk at the OSA Quantum 2.0 Conference, Harvard University’s Mikhail Lukin touched on work in diverse...

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    Chasing COVID-19 with Photonics

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    A special two-part session at FiO+LS 2020 focused on the ways that optics and photonics are being used to combat...

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    Quantum “Software” for Hard Physical Problems

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    A keynote talk at OSA’s Quantum 2.0 meeting highlighted that, even in the absence of universal quantum computers, quantum algorithms...

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    CIOE show goes ahead in Shenzhen

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    China International Optoelectronic Expo is one of the first major in-person photonics exhibitions to take place since March.

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    Laser pulse turns optical fiber nanotip into versatile electron gun

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    Oak Ridge project offers easier generation of electrons for nanoscale imaging and sensing.

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    Population Density Does Not Doom Cities to Pandemic Dangers

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    Crowding, connections among communities and other factors seem to better explain infection and mortality rates -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Frequency Comb Spectroscopy: Present and Future

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    A FiO 2020 Visionary Speaker describes the state of the field and where it’s headed next.

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    Private Equity Firm Artemis Capital Partners Acquires Omega Optical

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    Boston-based private equity firm Artemis Capital Partners has acquired Omega Optical, developers of custom precision thin-film filters and optical coatings....

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    Quantum Light Squeezes Out Noise

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    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) used quantum optics to advance state-of-the-art microscopy and,...

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    SCHOTT AG Appoints Managing Director for India

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    Glass and technology group SCHOTT AG has announced that Pawan Kumar Shukla will serve as its new managing director for...

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    Researchers Look to Combine AI and IR Sensing to Save Lives

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    Researchers at Stanford University are looking at AI and infrared sensing to save lives in smart hospitals and at-home care,...

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    Strathclyde key to new proposal for observatory to detect gravitational waves

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    Aim is to include the Einstein Telescope in the European Strategic Forum for Research Infrastructures roadmap.

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    ClassOne’s Solstice plating system chosen by Jenoptik to produce diode lasers…

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    ...and a Trumpf TruPrint 3000 laser AM system installed at UK’s Manufacturing Technology Centre.

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    Sensitivity Through Squeezing

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    OPN talks with Nergis Mavalvala, whose FIO+LS plenary talk recounted some amazing recent improvements to the LIGO and Virgo laser-interferometer...

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    How to Build a Quantum-Ready Workforce

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    A panel at OSA’s Quantum 2.0 meeting looked at the issues involved in moving from an academic to an industrial...

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    A deep dive into tissue

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    Our cover story in this edition relates how Raman imaging allows for the examination of cells and tissue, which can...

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    Imaging of hidden objects offers route to improved robotic vision

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    Stanford project based on confocal diffuse tomography could also assist autonomous driving.

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    Bristol develops near-optimal chip-based photon source for quantum computing

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    Device paves the way to mass-manufacturable single-photon sources for large-scale quantum computing.

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    LZH developing optical process to better disinfect raw chicken

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    Beating bacteria in food production by a combination of UV laser treatment and bacteriophages is the aim of ODLAB project.

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    How New Mexico Controlled the Spread of COVID-19

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    The state went after the disease with widespread testing and science-based targets. Now it is in better shape than its...

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    SunDensity’s Photonic Smart Coating Technology Takes Top Prize at Luminate NY’s Finals Competition

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    SunDensity, a developer of photonic smart coatings (PSC) technology, has earned $1 million in funding as the winner of the...

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    Primary Mirror for NASA’s Roman Space Telescope Completed

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    The Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope’s primary mirror has been completed, NASA announced. The telescope will have a field of...

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    Seeing Through Clouds and Fog with Lidar

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    Using a single-photon avalanche diode that can detect the arrival times of photons down to a single photon, with precision...

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    Coherent Solutions Is Now Quantifi Photonics

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    Optical communications and test and measurement company Coherent Solutions has announced a new name. The company is now operating as...

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    MethaneSAT infrared spectrometer moves to build phase

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    Ball Aerospace satellite to monitor climate-heating gas emissions passes critical design review.

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    Second Singapore collaboration couples silicon photonics with lasers

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    Denselight and Advanced Micro Foundry developing highly integrated approach for both data center and sensing applications.

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    Global Biodiversity Is in Free Fall

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    A U.N. report reveals that countries worldwide have failed to meet key conservation targets set for 2020 -- Read more...

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    Lab on a Chip and Dolomite 2020 Pioneers of Miniaturization Lectureship Winner

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    Lab on a Chip and Dolomite are delighted to announce the winner of the 2020 Pioneers of Miniaturization Lectureship, Professor...

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    Putting the “Quantum” in Security

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    At OSA’s Quantum 2.0 conference, the founder of a European firm that helped pioneer quantum cryptography looked at data security...

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    Quantum Computing: The Platform Question

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    Speakers at OSA’s Quantum 2.0 conference looked at the state of the art in trapped-ion, trapped-atom and superconducting-qubit systems.

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    Michal Lipson Elected 2021 Vice President of The Optical Society

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    Members of The Optical Society (OSA) have elected Michal Lipson, the Eugene Higgins Professor at Columbia University and pioneer in...

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    Mail-Sorting Machines Are Crucial for the U.S. Postal Service

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    An expert explains how automation enables quick deliveries—which will include ballots for November’s election -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    OCT Technique Offers High Speed, High Resolution

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    Researchers at the University of Washington have modified the standard process of OCT (optical coherence tomography) to detect minute changes...

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    Researchers Add Camouflaging Capability to Defense Drones

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    Researchers from the University of South Australia, in conjunction with Australia’s Department of Defence, have developed a range of lightweight...

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    Microwave Photonic Filters Reconfigured Without an External Device

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    Researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have developed a method of reconfiguring microwave photonic filters without the need...

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    Laser Systems Developer Fotona Purchases A.R.C. Laser’s Dental Division

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    Fotona d.o.o. has acquired A.R.C. Laser GmbH’s dental division. The acquisition encompasses Fotona’s purchase of the Fox III and Fox...

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    Single-Process and Inexpensive Optical Fiber Fabrication Method Will Enable Self-Production

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    Cristiano Cordeiro, a researcher and professor at the University of Campinas’ Physics Institute, has developed a method for fabricating optical...

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    Venus Might Host Life, New Discovery Suggests

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    The unexpected atmospheric detection of phosphine, a smelly gas made by microbes on Earth, could spark a revolution in astrobiology...

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    Photos Show Massive Wildfires Devastating Oregon and California

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    Record-setting blazes fueled in part by climate change have destroyed homes and upended live across the West -- Read more...

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    Immersive VR Insights

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    An FiO 2020 Visionary Speaker describes her career creating immersive-reality systems—both before and after she acquired stereoscopic vision.

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    Under the Hood of Google’s Quantum Computer

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    To kick off OSA’s new Quantum 2.0 conference, a key member of the web giant’s quantum-computing squad recounted the road...

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    Avantes Appoints New CEO

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    Avantes BV has appointed Pierre Warffemius CEO. Warffemius previously served as CEO of SynCo Bio Partners. Outgoing CEO Benno Oderkerk,...

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    A Laser Taste of Whisky, from Inside the Bottle

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    A novel combination of structured light and spectroscopy enables quality assessment of spirits without removing the cork.

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    Nine COVID-19 Myths That Just Won't Go Away

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    From a human-made virus to vaccine conspiracy theories, we rounded up the most persistent false claims about the pandemic --...

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    Why Trump-Favoring Voters Ignored a Deadly Hurricane Warning

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    Rush Limbaugh and other conservative pundits’ “hurricane skepticism” in 2017 may have influenced individuals’ decision to pack up the car...

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    Silver and Spice: Synthesizing Nanoparticles with Peppers

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    Habaneros deliver an antioxidant boost in a eco-friendly, low-cost method for creating nanomaterials.

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    Luminate NY Innovation Finals Showcase Range and Depth of Photonic Innovation

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    For the first time, Luminate NY is holding its Innovation Finals Competition in a virtual format, at an event on...

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    Laser Pulses Enable Tunable Spin Wave Excitation

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    A team of researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), the Russian Quantum Center, Saratov State University,...

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    Researchers Use Waveguides for Sensitive Protease Monitoring

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    Researchers at Ghent University have detected protease using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) performed with a tiny waveguide. The work moves...

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    Ultrafast Yellow Laser Poised for Biomedical Applications

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    Researchers at the Physical Research Laboratory at Gujarat University have developed a compact and ultrafast high-power yellow laser. The tunable...

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    Quntao Zhuang Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

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    Quntao Zhuang, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the James C. Wyant School of...

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    Laser technique to authenticate rare whiskies refined

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    Scotland's University of St Andrews advances laser spectroscopy to focus on spirits rather than bottles.

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    SpaceX's Dark Satellites Are Still Too Bright for Astronomers

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    The company’s attempts to dim the spacecraft in its megaconstellation fall short of eliminating disruptions to the world’s ground-based observatories...

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    Emotional Labor Is a Store Clerk Confronting a Maskless Customer

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    The preeminent sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild discusses the control over one’s feelings needed to go to work every day during...

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    EXFO Acquiring InOpticals Inc.

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    EXFO Inc., a provider of test and service assurance solutions for wire-line and wireless network operators and equipment manufacturers, including...

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    Bruker Corp. Appoints Bonnie H. Anderson to Board of Directors

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    Bruker Corp. has appointed Bonnie H. Anderson to its board of directors. Anderson is co-founder, chairman of the board, and...

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    All-Glass Fiber Optic Sensor Performs Sensitive Force Measurements on Miniature Objects, Forces

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    A team of researchers has designed a tiny fiber optic force sensor, approximately equal in diameter to a human hair,...

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    Covid-19 update: 10 September 2020

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    A round-up of this week's coronavirus-related news and countermeasures from the photonics industry.

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    Stretching Light for Faster IR Spectroscopy

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    A device reportedly 100 times faster than current dual-comb spectrometers could open up applications in chemistry and beyond.

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    UK experts publish report 'Future Horizons for Photonics Research 2030'

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    Photonics Leadership Group and Parliamentary association identify 70 topics as focus of research objectives.

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    Ouster lands $42M in venture round as Aeva and ZF aim for mass production

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    San Francisco lidar firm says sales and bookings are up sharply following January launch of 128-beam products.

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    IQE reports rise in photonics sales on strong laser demand

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    Epiwafer foundry delivers record first-half revenues and now expects to post full-year growth of nearly 20%.

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    Smart contact lens offers improved vision correction

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    Imec artificial iris based on liquid crystals is capable of dynamically changing pupil size.

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    First U.S. Small Nuclear Reactor Design Is Approved

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    Concerns about costs and safety remain, however -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Imec and CMST Develop Artificial Iris

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    Imec and CMST, an imec-affiliated research group at Ghent University, along with their partners Instituto de Investigación Fundación Jiménez Díaz...

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    Strathclyde-Led LITECS Program Takes Aim at Gas Turbine Engine Emissions

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    The University of Strathclyde announced it is heading an £8 million research program to reduce the environmental impact of power-generating...

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    Purdue Team Patents Atomically Thin Material

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    A team from Purdue University has received a patent for a 2D nanomaterial that has potential for use in nanoelectronics,...

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    Understanding of Electrolyte Additives Will Improve Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    An Australian research team has demonstrated that the molecules 4-tert-butylpyridine (tBP) and 1-methyl-benzimidazole (NMBI) play a role of crucial importance,...

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    PhotoniCare gains $7M funding to expand its ear imaging technology

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    2018 SPIE Startup Challenge Winner gets $5.2M series A round, including backing from Sony, plus $2.1 M SBIR grant from...

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    Blood and Silicon: New Electronics-Cooling System Mimics Human Capillaries

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    Microchannels strategically carved in chips could help meet demand for ever-smaller devices and cut energy use -- Read more on...

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    Sociable Quantum Network Fires Up

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    Researchers demonstrated a multi-user QKD technology that could be scaled up fairly cheaply—a step toward a secure quantum internet.

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    Next VISION Stuttgart to Take Place in October 2021

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    The next VISION conference will take place Oct. 5-7, 2021. The new date in the odd year — in parallel...

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    Smoking or Vaping May Increase the Risk of a Severe Coronavirus Infection

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    Though few studies have investigated the connection specifically, cigarette smoke and vaping aerosol are linked to lung inflammation and lowered...

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    Cautious Ciena outlook drags on photonics stocks

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    Optical networking systems company says it has started to see a Covid-related slowdown in spending.

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    CompoundTek and NTU working on compact tunable laser

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    Three-year venture between silicon photonics foundry and Singapore's NTU to develop new sources for comms and more.

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    Tunable emission offers new route to multicolor luminescent materials

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    Tokyo University of Science links proton flow to emitted light.

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    Mountain Peaks Seem to Shape Personality Traits in the American West

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    Topography may contribute to the formation of regional temperament -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Jupiter's Ocean Moons Raise One Another's Tides

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    Gravitational interactions among the moons could offer new insights on the liquid layers lurking in their depths -- Read more...

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    Metasurfaces Enable Photorealistic “Nanopainting”

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    China–U.S. team develops approach to creating structural color that enables simultaneous, ultrasmooth tuning of color and brightness—for Vermeer-like control of...

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    Ambient Light Alters Refraction in 2D Material

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    A two-dimensional array of tantalum disulfide containing microscopic crystals possesses distinct optical characteristics that can be controlled in ambient conditions...

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    Researchers Use Lasers to Cheaply, Easily Fabricate Bioelectronics

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    Researchers from the University of Chicago have found an easy, inexpensive, and scalable method for fabricating bioelectronics components using lasers....

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    Continuous, Stable Lasing Achieved with Perovskite Laser

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    A team of researchers from Kyushu University in Japan and Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry in China has demonstrated stable,...

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    An Immune Protein Could Prevent Severe COVID-19–if It Is Given at the Right Time

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    The antiviral interferon might help early but exacerbate disease in later stages -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Costa Rica Readies Horse Antibodies for Trials as an Inexpensive COVID-19 Therapy

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    After neutralizing SARS-CoV-2 in cell culture, scientists at the University of Costa Rica are proceeding with human testing -- Read...

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    £8M laser imaging research to make gas turbine jet engines greener

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    Strathclyde leading UK project Laser Imaging of Turbine Engine Combustion Species to improve combustion modeling.

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    Periodic Array System Potential Supports Nanophotonic Applications

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    A research team from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and the Autonomous University of Madrid has applied periodic arrays...

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    PhotoniCare Announces More than $7M in Funding, Appoints Chief Commercial Officer

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    PhotoniCare Inc. has announced it is receiving more than $7 million in funding to commercially expand its ear imaging technology,...

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    Coronavirus and the Flu: A Looming Double Threat

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    The two could come together, making things worse—or our new hygiene habits may actually reduce the flu’s spread -- Read...

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    'Warp Speed' COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Aim for Diverse Volunteers and Long-Lasting Protection

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    The Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed program is backing six efforts with the ambitious goal of delivering an effective vaccine...

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    Schools Have No Good Options for Reopening during COVID-19

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    Bringing students back into classrooms or keeping them home can both have negative consequences -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Google's Quantum Computer Achieves Chemistry Milestone

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    A downsized version of the company’s Sycamore chip performed a record-breaking simulation of a chemical reaction -- Read more on...

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    New Way of Modulating Color Emissions from Transparent Films Found

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    Researchers at the Tokyo University of Science have described a method for easily tuning the luminescence of a newly modified...

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    Allegro MicroSystems Acquires Voxtel

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    Allegro MicroSystems, a developer of sensing and semiconductor technology, has acquired Voxtel Inc. Voxtel, located in Beaverton, Ore., specializes in...

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    Near-Optimal Chip-Based Photon Source Developed for Quantum Computing

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    Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed a new CMOS-compatible silicon photon source that satisfies all the requirements necessary...

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    Physicists Create City-Sized Ultrasecure Quantum Network

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    Capable of connecting eight or more users across distances of 17 kilometers, the demonstration is another milestone toward developing a...

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    Tracking Ultrafast Magnetic Changes

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    Terahertz emissions allowed researchers to reconstruct the ultrafast magnetization dynamics of laser-excited iron.

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    Intravital Imaging System Provides Real-Time Insight into Liver Disease Progression

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    The high-resolution, 3D-viewing capabilities provided by a new microscopy method from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)...

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    Photonic Chip Gives Raman Spectroscopy a Downsize

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    Researchers at Texas A&M University have invented a technology that can drastically downsize the apparatus used for Raman spectroscopy. “Raman...

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    Responsive Photonic Biobased Materials Self-Assemble in Liquid Marbles

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    By coating droplets of an aqueous solution of hydroxopropyl cellulose with silica nanoparticles, and placing these “liquid marbles” inside an...

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    Quantum Application Lab Opens in Erfut

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    Fraunhofer has opened a quantum application laboratory in Erfut, funded by the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society....

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    Covid-19 update: 03 September 2020

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    A round-up of this week's coronavirus-related news and countermeasures from the photonics industry.

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    Lidar market expectations lowered on dramatic price falls

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    New prediction from analysts at Yole Développement suggests $3.8BN market by 2025 - much lower than its earlier estimates.

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    Duisburg-Essen group progresses 3D laser printing in color

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    Achieved by coating powder grains with nanoparticles made of silver.

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    How to Decide Who Should Get a COVID-19 Vaccine First

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    Medical ethicist Ezekiel Emanuel discusses a framework for equitably allocating COVID-19 vaccines based on preventing premature deaths and mitigating long-term...

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    Common Steroid Could Be Cheap and Effective Treatment for Severe COVID-19

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    The results of a trial that found dexamethasone reduced the risk of death in extremely ill coronavirus patients have yet...

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    Fraunhofer IWS project enables green laser to melt pure copper

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    Previously, it was not possible to melt copper for complex 3D-printed parts using an infrared laser.

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    Metasurfaces bring holographic movies within reach

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    TUAT project reconstructs holographic stills into moving image at 30 frames per second.

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    LIGO and Virgo Capture Their Most Massive Black Holes Yet

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    The unexpected finding gives astronomers their first good look at previously missing “intermediate”-size black holes -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Want to Talk to Aliens? Try Changing the Technological Channel beyond Radio

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    Finding cosmic civilizations might require a more innovative approach than listening for radio transmissions -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Cough-Recognition Camera Distinguishes Sounds Based on Deep Learning

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    The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and SM Instruments have developed a deep learning-based cough-recognition model that...

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    Flexible Micro-LEDs May Reshape Future of Wearable Technology

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    Researchers from the University of Texas at Dallas and their international colleagues have developed a method to create micro-LEDs that...

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    Infrared Spectroscopy Moves to the Fast Lane

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    Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a technique to drastically increase the speed of infrared spectroscopy. The technique,...

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    Signify and Edzcom partner to push Li-Fi for manufacturing

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    TruLifi to be deployed in manufacturing industries, including oil and gas, logistics and more.

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    Wavefront Dynamics wins backing for ophthalmology diagnostics

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    Finisar co-founder Frank Levinson among early backers in Albuquerque startup's planned $3M series A round.

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    Elon Musk's Pig-Brain Implant Is Still a Long Way from 'Solving Paralysis'

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    His start-up Neuralink is not the first to develop a wireless brain implant. But the considerable resources behind the effort...

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    Laser Study Casts Doubt on Face Shield Effectiveness

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    Laser-based visualization shows that face shields and masks with exhalation vents still allow substantial spread of aerosol-sized droplets.

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    Oxford Instruments Partners with Consortium to Launch Commercial Quantum Computer

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    Oxford Instruments NanoScience announced that it will partner with a £10 million consortium to accelerate the commercialization of quantum computing...

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    Putting optics into focus

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    In its most practical form, photonics isn’t such a complicated industry. It has three basic components: the generation, manipulation, and...

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    LASER-TEC COLLEGE PROFILE

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    LASER-TEC is the Center for Laser and Fiber Optics Education, founded in 2013 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and...

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