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    Noisy Cicadas Are Widely Misunderstood

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    The insects emerge only every 13 or 17 years, right? Not so -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Eagleyard Photonics Rebrands as TOPTICA Eagleyard

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    TOPTICA Photonics has rebranded daughter company eagleyard Photonics as TOPTICA eagleyard. The company is a manufacturer of high-end laser diodes...

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    Rethinking photonic crystals: ‘even thin is functional’

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    Japanese-Dutch collaboration says "very thin" 3D photonic bandgap crystals are also powerful optical control devices.

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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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    Scientists Discover Process That Enables Low-Power Nanolasers in 2D Semi-Materials

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    Scientists at Arizona State University (ASU) have identified the process in physics that enables nanolasers to be created using 2D...

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    Covid-19 update: 04 June 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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    Zeiss backs microbiome mapping startup

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    Belgium-based Perseus Biomics said to have developed a novel optical method for analyzing gut flora.

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    A Civil Rights Expert Explains the Social Science of Police Racism

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    Columbia University attorney Alexis J. Hoag discusses the history of how we got to this point and the ways that...

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    Tracking the Sun to Boost Solar Energy

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    Researchers find that combining double-sided solar panels with tracking technology makes photovoltaic systems more cost effective.

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    Pentagon Adopts FLIR EST Screening System to Stop Spread of COVID-19

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    FLIR has announced that it has installed its EST screening system at the Pentagon Visitor Center. The company's integrated EST...

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    Physicists develop integrated photon source for macro quantum-photonics

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    Bristol University says its photon discovery is "major step" toward large-scale quantum applications.

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    Omnivision launches wafer-level camera module for driver monitoring

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    Reflowable CameraCubeChip™ performs well in darkness; could make the technology more affordable, says developer.

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    Gooch & Housego pulls dividend on Covid uncertainty

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    UK optics firm looks to control cash but says all of its US facilities are now back up and running.

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    Multimodal imaging reveals details of plant cells

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    Kobe University project combines fluorescence and phase information for analysis of stem cells.

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    A Hydrogen Iceberg from a Failed Star Might Have Passed through Our Solar System

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    The interstellar visitor ‘Oumuamua, discovered in 2017, may represent an entirely new type of astrophysical object, two astronomers say --...

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    Soliton Laser Fires Up

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    Pure-quartic device could beef up low-energy pulses by using higher-order dispersion for optical pulse control.

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    Imaging System Shows Heart Health Risk of HCQ

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    An optical mapping system has demonstrated that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) can cause arrhythmia in animals, so researchers and clinicians are cautious...

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    Smart Windows Self-Illuminate on Rainy Days

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    A joint research team has developed a technology that will allow windows to change colors according to the amount of...

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    Blu-ray diodes recruited in fight against Covid-19

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    UCI project aims to employ sources from disc players to disinfect surfaces.

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    How to Use Masks during the Coronavirus Pandemic

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    What kinds of face coverings work for protection against COVID-19? How do you use them safely? A series of simple...

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    Should Ecologists Treat Male and Female Animals like 'Different Species'?

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    Creatures from albatross to loggerhead turtles will use different habitats, depending on their sex—a factor that is often not accounted...

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    UV Light and Riboflavin Reduce SARS-CoV-2 Pathogens in Plasma, Whole Blood

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    Researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) showed that exposure to riboflavin and ultraviolet light (R + UV) can reduce SARS-CoV-2...

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    US Photonics Economic Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted business practices around the world, and photonics companies have had to adjust accordingly to the...

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    Thomas Jefferson University-led group creates first 3D map of heart neurons

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    New imaging technique Knife-Edge Scanning Microscopy gives insight into neurons' role in heart attacks and other conditions.

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    Global slowdown prompts 190 job losses at Cognex

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    Bosses agree to waive salaries as the machine vision firm takes significant steps to reduce costs.

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    Ancient DNA Yields New Clues to Dead Sea Scrolls

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    A sensitive genetic fingerprinting technique could help scholars learn more from thousands of fragile parchment fragments -- Read more on...

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    Emerging Investigator Series – Katherine Elvira

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    Lab on a Chip is delighted to introduce our most recent Emerging Investigator, Katherine Elvira! Katherine received her undergraduate Master’s...

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    Kidder Joins HORIBA as Development Manager

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    HORIBA Scientific has announced that Dr. Linda Kidder has joined the company as life sciences business development manager. Kidder will...

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    LCGC Special Issue PDF

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    Special Issues Click the title above to open the Recent Developments in LC Column Technology special issue in an interactive...

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    Coronavirus Lockdowns May Raise Exposure to Indoor Air Pollution

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    Smarter cooking and cleaning can lessen the risk -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    From behind the Coronavirus Mask, an Unseen Smile Can Still Be Heard

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    Emotion researcher Ursula Hess explains why a facial expression can be detected when obscured by a face covering -- Read...

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    Making, and Testing, Self-Cleaning Aluminum

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    Direct laser writing and interference patterning might find use in fashioning aluminum surfaces that can be kept spotless without caustic...

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    Lensless Camera Uses Freznel Zone Aperture, Incoherent Illumination to Improve Images

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    To reduce noise in a thin, lensless camera, researchers at Tsinghua University and MIT built an imaging system with a...

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    LASER WoP 2021 will be ‘milestone’ on the way out of Covid-19 crisis

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    Photonics industry is experiencing one of its worst declines in revenue in decades, say Spectaris and Optecnet associations.

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    Lensless Camera Uses Fresnel Zone Aperture, Incoherent Illumination to Improve Images

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    To reduce noise in a thin, lensless camera, researchers at Tsinghua University and MIT built an imaging system with a...

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    Coronavirus Antibody Therapies Raise Hopes–and Skepticism

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    Some experts caution we should temper our expectations about the much-touted approach -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Using Deep Learning, Researchers Automate UAV-Based Land Mine Detection

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    Researchers at Binghamton University, who previously developed a method for detecting “butterfly” land mines using low-cost, commercial drones equipped with...

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    UCF and SPIE Announce $250,000 Scholarship Fund

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    SPIE has announced the establishment of the Soileau Family-SPIE Optics and Photonics Undergraduate Scholarship Fund for the University of Central...

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    Lasers at 60: Lasers in Popular Culture

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    As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the laser, Photonics Media takes a look back at how the technology...

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    Dresden group develops laser process to make self-cleaning aluminum

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    "Periodic surface structure" is water and ice repellent, also repels up to 99% of dirt with rolling water droplets.

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    New Coherent CEO looks to simplify company structure

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    Andy Mattes says laser giant has been able to maintain manufacturing capacity at around 90% amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    COVID-19 Vaccine Developers Search for Antibodies That 'First Do No Harm'

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    Biotechs and pharma want to protect patients without triggering immune system havoc -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    OCT Captures Impressionistic Brushstrokes

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    A hybrid scanning platform that combines OCT with a sampling algorithm can create 3D reconstructions of paintings to help art...

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    Lattice Light-Sheet Microscopy Tool Supports 4D Data Analysis

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    Researchers at the University of Chicago have designed a multidimensional imaging analysis pipeline for lattice light-sheet microscopy (LLSM). They set...

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    Covid-19 update: 28 May 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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    Photronics Reports Second-Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

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    Photronics Inc., a world leader in photomask technologies and solutions, has reported financial results for its fiscal 2020 second quarter,...

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    BitFlow Expands Business, Partners with Tietech

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    BitFlow, an international designer of frame grabbers for powering machine vision systems, announced it has signed a new distribution agreement...

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    Raptor Photonics Appoints New General Manager

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    Raptor Photonics announced that Liam Mulholland has joined the company as general manager. Mulholland will be responsible for managing all...

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    Avalanche Photodiode Is High-Power and Eye-Safe for Lidar

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    A low-noise avalanche photodiode (APD) for 2-μm detection, developed by engineers at the University of Virginia (UVA) and the University...

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    Researchers Define New Law in Laser Physics

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    Scientists at the University of Sydney Institute of Photonics and Optical Science have developed a new type of laser that...

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    Postcolonial Love Poem: The future as a matrix of today’s choices

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    Poet and former professional basketball player Natalie Diaz is one of my favorite writers. According to The Poetry Foundation website,...

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    The evolving aesthetics of privacy

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    Cameras are everywhere. They are in our pockets, on our computers, on traffic lights, and on the sides of and...

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    Imaging Goes 4D

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    3D imaging has taken off, with applications in cellphones, cars, robots, and more. Now, companies and researchers are looking to...

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    Room-Temperature Terahertz Quantum Cascade Lasers

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    The terahertz (THz) spectral range between the infrared and microwave has long been recognized as an unexploited range of frequency...

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    Australian IR telescope to monitor entire southern sky

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    Dynamic REd All-Sky Monitoring Survey (DREAMS) to be located at Siding Spring Observatory in NSW.

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    Compact optical sensor enables nanometrology ‘lab on chip’

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    Technical University of Eindhoven says new integrated, compact sensors designed for to on-chip sensing.

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    SOS Lab aims to commercialize low-cost lidar with latest funding

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    Korean startup says it has now raised $14M, and is planning to launch a VCSEL-based product for cars next year.

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    Hyperspectral imaging via smartphone reveals hemoglobin levels

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    Purdue University technique images the inner eyelids for measurement.

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    Back in Business: NASA Is Set to Return to Human Spaceflight with Historic SpaceX Launch

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    Two astronauts will ride a privately built rocket and spacecraft to orbit, marking the first launch of humans from U.S....

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    US Navy Demonstrates Sold-State Laser Capable of Disabling Aircraft

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    The U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle May 16 with a Solid-State...

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    Raman spectroscopy delivers fast, accurate monitoring of peanut plant health

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    Texas A&M AgriLife scientists using new approach to biophysics to accelerate breeding of high-quality, high-yield nuts.

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    A Monday Is a Tuesday Is a Sunday as COVID-19 Disrupts Internal Clocks

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    A global natural experiment examines the time warp of life under quarantine -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Harvesting Energy from Shadows

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    Device that converts partial shadow castings into electricity could power wearable electronics or motion sensors.

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    Saturable Plasmonic Metasurfaces for Laser Mode Locking

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    Researchers from France, China, and Brazil have developed plasmonic metasurfaces that provide an efficient saturable absorption that can be tuned...

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    US Navy Demonstrates Solid-State Laser Capable of Disabling Aircraft

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    The U.S. Navy amphibious transport dock ship USS Portland successfully disabled an unmanned aerial vehicle May 16 with a Solid-State...

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    US Navy warship fires laser weapon, downs drone off Pearl Harbor

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    USS Portland proves solid state laser DEW weapon system demonstrator in successful first at-sea test.

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    Soliton laser points towards simpler eye surgery

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    University of Sydney project could lead to innovations in nonlinear optics and its applications.

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    Ra Medical raises $8.7M in stock offering

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    Californian firm developing excimer laser treatment for vascular disease also agrees $2M loan under coronavirus relief scheme.

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    New Design Helps N95 Mask Wearers Breathe Easier

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    The device prevents oxygen deprivation in coronavirus-blocking respirators -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Creating Dynamically Tunable Metasurfaces

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    U.K.–Russia research team uses phase-change materials to create metasurfaces whose optical properties can be reconfigured on the fly.

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    Deesha Shah Awarded 2020 Teddi Laurin Scholarship

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    Deesha Shah has been awarded the 2020 Teddi Laurin Scholarship for her contributions to the field of optics and photonics....

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    Will the Earth 'Remember' the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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    Tree rings, ice cores and sediment deposits could record changes in pollution during the global shutdown -- Read more on...

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    Atom–Molecule Entanglement

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    Building on previous work, NIST team tweaks molecular and atomic ions into an entangled state, creating a possible framework for...

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    Early Coronavirus Immunity Data Fuel Promise for a Vaccine

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    Researchers found COVID-19 infection produces a strong T cell response. Here’s why they say that is good news -- Read...

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    Coronavirus Pandemic Threatens to Derail Polio Eradication–but There's a Silver Lining

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    COVID-19 has stifled the world’s largest immunization program. Yet polio’s vast workforce is also helping in the fight against the...

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    A Different Form of Structural Color in Birds

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    Researchers have observed a previously unreported mechanism in cassowary feathers that is responsible for the birds’ glossy sheen.

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    Discovery Could Enable Large-Scale Quantum Photonics

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    An integrated photon source with the potential to deliver large-scale quantum photonics has been developed by physicists at the University...

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    Active Substance Optically Manipulates Component of Cytoskeleton

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    An international research team from Jena, Munich, and New York has used photopharmacology — the use of light to switch...

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    Sony Image Sensor Comes with Built-In AI

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    Sony Corp. has presented the world’s first image sensors with built-in artificial intelligence, saying the technology will make data-gathering tasks...

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    NASA renames wide field infrared space telescope for Nancy Grace Roman

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    Agency's first chief astronomer is credited with making the Hubble Space Telescope a reality.

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    How the Coronavirus Has Changed Animals' Landscape of Fear

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    The pandemic lockdowns are providing a window into how a wariness of humans uniquely shapes other species’ behavior -- Read...

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    Multispectral Imaging of Oxidative Stress

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    Autofluorescence colors can reveal levels of reactive oxygen species in cells and tissues, potentially aiding diagnosis of numerous diseases.

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    Covid-19 update: 21 May 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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    Bumblebees Bite Plants to Force Them to Flower (Seriously)

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    The behavior could be an evolutionary adaptation that lets bees forage more easily -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    NASA Proposes New Rules for Moon-Focused Space Race

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    The Artemis Accords could ensure a peaceful and prosperous future for lunar exploration—if everyone agrees to them -- Read more...

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    Metamaterial Can Change Optical Properties, Become Invisible or Reflective in IR Spectrum

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    Researchers at ITMO University and the University of Exeter have developed a metamaterial capable of changing its optical properties without...

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    Inventing the World’s First Continuous-Wave Laser

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    In December 1960, the helium-neon (HeNe) laser, the first laser to generate a continuous beam of light at 1.15 μm,...

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    UCI Physicists Exploring Use of Blu-Ray Disc Lasers to Kill COVID-19

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    A team led by physicist Chris Barty of the University of California, Irvine is researching the use of diodes from...

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    Hot Topics in HPLC, Part VI: Chromatographic Innovations for Cell Therapies

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    This is sixth in a series of articles exploring hot topics in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). In the opening...

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    Zeiss braces for Covid-19 impact

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    Optics giant feels initial effects of pandemic, but says semiconductor business remains stable at the moment.

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    Bridgelux proposes new metric for naturalness of light

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    Average Spectral Difference intended to quantify how closely its sources match natural daylight.

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    Human Viruses Can Jump into Animals, Too–Sowing the Seeds of Future Epidemics

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    “Reverse zoonosis” may foster the right conditions for the next COVID-19 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Researchers at Swiss National Science Foundation Develop Monitoring Tool Using Optical Fibers

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    Swiss National Science Foundation professor Fabian Walter has come up with a new glacier monitoring tool in the form of...

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    Research Group Develops Thermo-Photoluminescence for Rapid Imaging and Measurement

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    Today, the most common optical technique for imaging and measurement of thermal conductivity of semiconductors is time-domain thermoreflectance (TDTR), in...

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    ITMO develops 'chemically-synthesized' optical switch

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    Scientists at ITMO, St Petersburg, say the switch, based on a metal-organic framework, could support ultrafast memories.

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    Astronomers Get Earliest Ever Glimpse of Ancient Giant Galaxy

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    The disk of gas and stars resembles our own Milky Way but somehow formed when the universe was only about...

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    New Artificial Eye Mimics a Retina's Natural Curve

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    Researchers have crafted a device that replicates the shape of the eye’s sensory membrane -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Hollow Fiber Boosts Polarization Purity

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    Antiresonant hollow-core fiber design might in the future enable bigger gravitational-wave interferometers.

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    UniKLasers to expand following latest equity round

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    UK laser manufacturer has also appointed a new CEO, and says it will increase its workforce ‘significantly’.

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    Raman spectroscopy observes bacteria growth in real-time

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    University of St Andrews project could be used to monitor effects of environment on TB.

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    Shyness Helps Parrotfish Survive Invasive Predators

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    Prey fish still do not recognize lionfish as a threat. But selection pressure from the invaders is making them shy...

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    Pi in the Sky: General Relativity Passes the Ratio's Test

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    Using gravitational waves to approximate pi, physicists see no problem with Einstein’s theory -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    Geometry Points to Coronavirus Drug Target Candidates

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    A new mathematical model predicts areas on a virus that might be especially vulnerable to disabling treatments -- Read more...

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    Scientists Apply Raman Spectroscopy to COVID-19 Testing

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    One of the most challenging aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the lack of testing needed to detect and...

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    BAE Systems wins $27M deal to fit IR defense kit on USAF aircraft

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    Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures system designed to protect KC-130J transport and aerial refueling plane.

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    From Headaches to 'COVID Toes,' Coronavirus Symptoms Are a Bizarre Mix

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    Blood clots and inflammation may underlie many of these complications -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    A Laser History of the VCSEL

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    The VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) was invented in 1977 by Kenichi Iga. VCSELs are used in myriad applications, such as...

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    Fiber optic network monitors hard-to-read glacier movements

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    Prof Fabian Walter of ETHZ says fibers are easier to install and offer more measurement points than seismometers.

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    Laser-powered rover to explore Moon’s dark shadows

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    ESA’s Discovery & Preparation program funds laser system to power rover from 15km away.

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    Engineers Adapt 2D Sandwich for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

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    Tests at Rice University’s Brown School of Engineering of a two-dimensional Janus compound showed it could be an effective and...

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    A History of the VCSEL

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    The VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) was invented in 1977 by Kenichi Iga. VCSELs are used in myriad applications, such as...

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    Organizations Team Up to Celebrate International Day of Light

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    Today, May 16, photonics industries around the world celebrate the International Day of Light, sponsored by UNESCO, and the light-based...

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    Hollow-core fiber polarisation purity boost for next-gen instruments

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    ORC Zepler Institute development exhibits 1000x quality improvement over “state-of-the-art” solid core fibers.

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    Expanding Paved Areas Has an Outsize Effect on Urban Flooding

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    Researchers have finally been able to pinpoint just how much impervious surfaces exacerbate flood levels -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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    The Laser at 60: Wilhelm Kaenders

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    The cofounder and CTO of Toptica Photonics offers a perspective on some of today’s more exciting technology areas for the...

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    Photoacoustic Imaging with Robotic Visual Servoing Could Enable Safer Cardiac Interventions

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    Researchers at Johns Hopkins University investigated how photoacoustic imaging could be used during cardiac interventions to reduce radiation exposure caused...

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    Laser-Cooled YbOH Molecules Could Support New Discoveries in Physics

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    Researchers at Harvard University and Arizona State University have demonstrated laser cooling of polyatomic YbOH molecules, in a first step...

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    TB Bacteria Measured with Light and Sound

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    A U.K.-wide research team, led by the School of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Medicine at the University...

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    Osram’s Q2 revenue dips 8% but pre-tax earnings lift

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    Firm adjusts to counter Covid-19 impact, making structural changes with short-time working to cost-cuts.

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    Masks Reveal New Social Norms: What a Difference a Plague Makes

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    A 120-nanometer virus makes face coverings de rigueur in places where they were once shunned or against the law --...

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    From Hamsters to Baboons: The Animals Helping Scientists Understand the Coronavirus

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    Different species are helping answer different questions about COVID-19 in humans in order to develop vaccines and treatments -- Read...

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    Coloring the World of 3D-Printed Objects

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    A team of researchers from Spain has developed a low-cost selective laser sintering method that allows colored inks to be...

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    Covid-19 update: 14 May 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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    VTT Launches Plan to Build Finland’s First Quantum Computer

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    To help position Finland and Europe at the forefront of quantum computing technologies, VTT Technical Research Centre is undertaking a...

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    SCAPE Microscopy Captures Image of Odor Detection

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    The olfactory system that lets mammals detect and identify odors starts with a wide array of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which...

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    Silicon photonics markets extend beyond datacoms – analyst Yole

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    Review predicts sustained growth for booming technology with sales expected to hit $3.9B by 2025; Intel leading.

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    Employees awarded equity as Novanta cuts costs

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    Travel ban and hiring freeze among the measures as company prepares to weather global economic downturn.

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    Two‐photon patterning guides cells in the right direction

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    ETH Zurich uses light to create precisely positioned patterns of molecules.

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    Coronavirus Test Shortages Trigger a New Strategy: Group Screening

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    Pooling diagnostic samples, and using a little math, lets more people get tested with fewer assays -- Read more on...

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    The Laser at 60: Teri Odom

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    A scientist studying nanophotonics and plasmonics talks about exotic lasers that operate at subwavelength scales—and that could open up new...

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    Texas A&M’s Pettigrew Elected into American Academy of Arts & Sciences

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    Roderic I. Pettigrew, the Robert A. Welch Professor in the Texas A&M University College of Medicine and professor of biomedical...

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    Long-Lasting Phonons for Light Storage

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    Refreshing acoustic waves with light and prolonging their coherence could enable long phonon-based light storage.

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    An image of COVID-19

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    Millions of people worldwide are caught up in the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the new reality that has restricted movements,...

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    Heartbeat elastography allows assessment of cornea condition

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    University of Houston uses heartbeat-induced changes in intraocular pressure to measure corneal properties.

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    Antipoaching Tech Tracks COVID-19 Flare-Ups in South Africa

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    Coming out of lockdown, the country is relying on thousands of local case trackers and on software, once used to...

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    How Coronavirus Spreads through the Air: What We Know So Far

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    The virus that causes COVID-19 can persist in aerosol form, some studies suggest. But the potential for transmission depends on...

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    How Heavy is the Universe? Conflicting Answers Hint at New Physics

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    The discrepancy could be a statistical fluke—or a sign that physicists will need to revise the standard model of cosmology...

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    AIM Photonics collaborations targeting Covid-19 tests on a global scale

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    US researchers hope to have new sensors on silicon chips by flu season 2020; to test for Covid-19 and flu...

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    ICESat-2 laser scan reveals extent of polar ice loss

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    NASA compares new data with that measured by original ICESat mission 16 years before.

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    II-VI surges after confident outlook

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    Boom in online traffic during lockdown prompts rush of demand for key photonic components needed in networks and data centers.

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    3 Questions with Tom Hausken

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    With COVID-19 affecting the nation’s economy in every sector, photonics industries have been working to respond to closing factories and...

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    Hot Topics in HPLC, Part V: Exciting New Developments in Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography

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    This is fifth in a series of articles exploring hot topics in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Given our research...

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    Future Volvo cars to use Luminar LiDAR for self-driving

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    “SPA 2” design for autonomous drive to feature LiDAR integrated into the roof from 2022.

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    A Step Toward Quantum Radar

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    Multinational team uses entanglement as a resource for overcoming background noise in low-power microwave detection.

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    The Laser at 60: John Bowers

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    The UCSB professor, who will give a plenary talk at CLEO 2020, discusses the increasing horizons for laser integration on...

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    Boston Dynamics Partners with Vinsa to Build Models for Visual AI Workflows

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    Boston Dynamics has announced a partnership with computer vision company Vinsa. The collaboration aims to bring new visual AI use...

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