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BioPhotonics: March 2014

FEATURES
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Ultrafast Laser Systems Are Stepping Up to Meet Industry Needs
Improvements in ultrafast lasers support superior surgical precision, take imaging deeper and help to unlock the secrets of the brain. With their unique ability to deliver high peak power...
Marie Freebody, Contributing Editor, marie.freebody@photonics.com
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Photoacoustics Holds Promise for Cancer
Diagnosis and monitoring of cancer are two of the top potential uses for PA technologies. This is the first of a two-part series that will look more closely at the work of the dedicated researchers...
Laura Marshall, Managing Editor, laura.marshall@photonics.com
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Making Strides in Fourier Transform Spectroscopy
Innovative techniques and improvements in instrumentation are expanding the potential of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in bio applications and many other fields. Fourier transform...
Valerie Coffey, Science Writer, stellaredit@gmail.com
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Building the Perfect Fiber Optic Probe
Researchers face old-school challenges in developing state-of-the-art technologies. Researchers and clinicians use fiber optic-based probes for a wide range of applications – which means...
Gary Boas, News Editor, gary.boas@photonics.com


EDITORIAL
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Where Light Science Gets Personal
Advances in light science or technology cross my desk almost daily in press releases describing potential applications ranging from aerospace to telecommunications. They’re all very interesting, and many of them make me wonder how and when I’ll see these advances for myself. But I find that I am often most intrigued by the biophotonics applications, and I think it’s because...
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher, karen.newman@photonics.com


BIOSCAN
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Optogenetics Moves Closer to Primate Brains
The most definitive demonstration yet that optogenetics can be safe and effective in brains larger and more complex than those of rodents could incorporate the use of light pulses to genetically alter brain cells in primates. Neuroscientists at Brown University showed that optogenetics performs just as well as the tried-and-true method of perturbing brain circuits with small bursts of...
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Nano-FTIR Offers Versatility in Protein Studies
A new technique called Fourier transform infrared nanospectroscopy (nano-FTIR) overcomes the diffraction limits of mid-infrared spectroscopy for label-free chemical and structural imaging of protein...
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Handheld optical device to catch early signs of retinal disease
A handheld optical device that combines ultrahigh-speed 3-D imaging with a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) scanning mirror could make early detection of certain eye diseases as easy as scanning...
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Imaging Technology Could Unlock Mysteries of a Childhood Disease
A superresolution imaging technique that allows the structure of a respiratory virus to be seen in living cells could help unlock the virus's secrets, including how it enters cells and replicates,...
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Laser-Driven Nanobubbles Noninvasively Detect Malaria
A noninvasive, laser scanner “vapor nanobubble” technology using no dyes or diagnostic chemicals can detect even a single malaria-infected cell among a million normal cells, with zero...
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3-D imaging draws new picture of Golgi during cell division
Resolving a fundamental question in cell biology and showing off the powers of new high-resolution 3-D imaging, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists have discovered where the Golgi...
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Blue-light phototherapy kills antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Blue light has powerful bacteria-killing ability in the laboratory, and now its potent antibacterial effects have been demonstrated in human and animal tissues, according to a series of articles in...


RAPIDSCAN
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US Research Spending Decline Driven By Industry
A sharp drop in US spending on biomedical research has been driven almost entirely by reduced investments from industry, not the public sector, a new study finds. The US’s global share of biomedical research spending fell from 51 percent in 2007 to 45 percent in 2012, from $131 billion to $119 billion, while Japan increased spending by $9 billion and China by $6.4 billion,...
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GE Boosting Drug Discovery with $1B Acquisition from Thermo Fisher
GE Healthcare will expand its drug discovery offerings in the fast-growing life sciences market with the $1 billion acquisition of three businesses from Thermo Fisher Scientific, the companies...
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Zeiss Meditec Acquires US Intraocular Lens Maker
Carl Zeiss Meditec Inc., the US subsidiary of Jena-based Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, has expanded its offerings in surgical ophthalmology with the purchase of Aaren Scientific Inc. of Ontario, a...
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Prism Awards honor innovations in photonics
An augmented-reality laser camera that makes it easier to locate and view veins in the human body was among the nine winners of the 2014 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation announced Feb. 5 at SPIE...
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3 Questions Interview
Best known for his research on Raman spectroscopy, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Popp is the scientific director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Jena, Germany, and chairman of the...
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Minimally invasive surgery market to double by 2019
The global market for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is expected to reach $50.6 billion by 2019, according to Minimally Invasive Surgery Market (Surgical Devices, Monitoring & Visualization...
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Sensor use in home health care expected to rise
Sensor use is expected to increase from $559 million in 2013 to $1.2 billion by 2018, according to a report on the home health care market from Yole Développement of Lyon, France. Home...


POST SCRIPTS
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Life-saving selfies
Raise your iPhone in front of you, open the camera, strike a pose, make a face and take a picture. Voilà! You’ve taken a selfie, one of those smartphone self-portraits plastered on Instagram and Facebook by teens and adults alike. Whether meant to capture a moment, an emotion or even an outfit, these forms of self-expression previously were harnessed for documentation purposes only...


PRODUCTS
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Multinotch Filters
Edmund Optics’ new TechSpec OD 6 multinotch filters for Nd:YAG lasers provide high transmission and deep rejection to isolate narrow spectral widths for a variety of applications. The filters are fabricated using hard-coated plasma deposition technology to improve durability. They achieve greater than 90 percent transmission in their passband and offer blocking of greater than 6.0...
Edmund Optics, Inc.
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Stage Inserts
Applied Scientific Instrumentation’s I-3033 and I-3078 stage inserts fit the standard 110 × 160-mm openings found in most automated X-Y stages. The I-3033 offers an autoclavable...
Applied Scientific Instrumentation, Inc.
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Hyperspectral Imager
The OCI-1000 handheld hyperspectral imager from BaySpec Inc. provides full, continuous visible and near-IR data for sensing applications including real-time identification of food-borne illnesses...
BaySpec, Inc.
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Microscopy Illumination
Nikon Inc.’s Ti-LAPP laser application system provides up to 32 imaging modalities for biological research in tandem with the Eclipse Ti, a proprietary inverted research microscope. ...
Nikon Instruments Inc.
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Microscopy Color Calibration
Datacolor has introduced Chromacal, an integrated optical microscopy system that standardizes the color of digital images for biological research. Chromacal includes proprietary software, a...
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High-Speed AFM
JPK Instruments AG’s next-generation NanoWizard Ultra Speed AFM (atomic force microscope) delivers fast scanning and superresolution on an inverted microscope for applications including the...
JPK Instruments AG
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Nanoparticle Analysis
Optofluidics has introduced the NanoTweezer, a system that captures, manipulates and analyzes large numbers of individual nanoparticles and has the potential to advance pharmaceutical drug...
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Microscopy Illumination
Andor Technology has introduced Borealis illumination technology for multifocal confocal microscopy for scientific imaging applications. Borealis extends the excitation wavelength range from...
Andor Technology plc, Corporate Headquarters
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Confocal Microscope
The Opterra multipoint scanning confocal microscope from Bruker Corp. integrates confocal imaging with photoactivation for live-cell and small-organism imaging, and for applications including the...
Bruker Nano Surfaces
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Temperature Controller
Oven Industries Inc. has released a thermoelectric benchtop temperature controller for use in research labs. The solid-state, MOSFET, bidirectional device features an internal power supply...
Oven Industries, Inc.
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LED Industrial Curing
Lumen Dynamics has added four high-power, air-cooled models to its OmniCure AC series of UV LED curing systems. They are suitable for applications such as fiber coating, compact camera module...
Lumen Dynamics
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Electro-Optic Modulators
New Focus, a Newport Corp. brand, has added blue-coated phase modulators covering the 360- to 500-nm-wavelength range to its line of electro-optic modulators. The modulators are available in...
New Focus
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Multifocal Diffractive Optics
Holo/Or Ltd. has released multifocal diffractive optical elements for applications in microscopy and laser cutting. The optics allow a single collimated incident beam to focus simultaneously...
Holo/Or Ltd.

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