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Industry Group Pledges $30M for Neuroimaging Research
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2014 — Industry leaders plan to invest upwards of $30 million for photonics research and development in support of a White House neuroscience initiative. The National Photonics Initiative on Tuesday launched its Photonics Industry Neuroscience Group. The industry consortium includes representatives of Accumetra LLC, Agilent, Applied Scientific Instrumentation, Coherent, Hamamatsu, Inscopix Inc., Spectra-Physics and Thorlabs. The group’s objectives include: •...

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SWIR System Images Forest Fire from Orbit
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014 — A satellite-mounted shortwave infrared (SWIR) system built by Exelis Geospatial Systems has been used to image a forest fire through a thick cloud of smoke. The system includes a SWIR imager, sensors and telescope and operates aboard the...
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Scallop Imaging Continues Rapid Growth
BOSTON, Sept. 25, 2014 — Scallop Imaging is continuing its growth with the expansion of its product distribution, partnerships and the addition of new personnel. Scallop Imaging is increasing its line of distributed imaging technology. That includes the horizontal...

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Sydor Instruments President Recognized for Leadership
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2014 — Michael Pavia, president of Sydor Instruments, has been recognized for business leadership by three industry groups. The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and New York Photonics named Pavia its 2014 entrepreneur of the year. This award...
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Optogenetic Tool Guides Brain Mapping
PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 22, 2014 — A new optogenetics technique could help map neural networks in living organisms. Developed by a team at Caltech, the technique offers a clear view of the brain’s circuitry in action, from the moment a neuron fires to the resulting...

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Fluorescence Technique Probes Muscular Dystrophy
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18, 2014 — Scientists are gaining new insight into muscular dystrophy using a form of high-resolution fluorescence microscopy. A team from the University of Southern California developed the technique, which allows the viewing of individual molecules...
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Polarization Camera Sheds Light on Sea Life
ST. LOUIS and AUSTIN, Sept. 17, 2014 — A bio-inspired polarization camera has given marine biologists a better understanding of the mating rituals of the northern swordtail fish. The camera contains nanomaterials that allow it to capture the polarization properties of light in...

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Video: Cell Phones Become Microscopes with 3-D Printing
RICHLAND, Wash., Sept. 17, 2014 — 3-D printing could help turn cellphones into high-powered microscopes, enabling them to identify biological samples in the field. A team at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) used a 3-D printer to...
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Technique ‘Pre-Corrects’ Microscope Illumination
REHOVOT, Israel, Sept. 11, 2014 — A new adaptive optics technique focuses laser light through dense tissues without the need for an invasive guide star. The technique can resolve a point less than a micron across. It was developed by a team led by the Weizmann Institute of...

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New Fluorescence Marker Enhances Bio-Imaging
OBERSCHLEISSHEIM, Germany, Sept. 10, 2014 — A new line of red-shifted fluorescent tissue markers may enhance deep-tissue imaging. A team from the German Research Center for Environmental Health, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology and the Federal Institute...
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Chemical Treatment Makes 3-D Cell Cultures Clearer
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 8, 2014 — A chemical treatment could lead to better imaging of cells in 3-D cultures. A team at Brown University made the finding while studying how neural tissues grow from stem cells. The researchers created sphere-shaped cell cultures to allow the...

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Fast, Room-Temperature THz Detector Made of Graphene
COLLEGE PARK, Md., Sept. 8, 2014 — A prototype graphene photodetector is capable of detecting terahertz frequencies quickly and at room temperature, possibly enabling a new generation of see-through imaging. The device operates on the hot-electron photothermoelectric effect,...
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Handheld Scanner Roots Out Brain Tumor Traces
NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2014 — A new Raman laser scanner could help surgeons more effectively remove cancerous brain tumors. A team from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is developing the new handheld device, which could be used to root out malignant cells...

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OCT Poised to Expand Beyond Eye Care, Report Says
PARIS, Sept. 5, 2014 — Optical coherence tomography (OCT) will grow beyond ophthalmology applications into a €1 billion global market (about $1.29 billion) by 2019, the research group Tematys predicts. The ophthalmology OCT market stood at €500 million...
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Quantum Imaging Method Doesn’t Need Light to Touch Object
TYROL, Austria, and VIENNA, Aug. 29, 2014 — A new quantum imaging technique can acquire an image of an object without ever detecting the light used to illuminate it. Typically, to obtain an image of an object it must be illuminated with a light beam and a camera used to sense the...

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Doppler OCT Measures Cocaine’s Impact on Brain
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2014 — A variant of optical coherence tomography has provided the first images of blood flow disruption in the brain caused by cocaine use. In a study involving mice repeatedly injected with cocaine over a 30-day period, researchers from Stony...
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ON Semiconductor Expands Imaging Business with Aptina Purchase
PHOENIX, Aug. 19, 2014 — ON Semiconductor has acquired Aptina Imaging Corp. of San Jose, Calif., for approximately $400 million in cash. Aptina manufactures CMOS imaging systems for consumer electronics devices, as well as the automotive, surveillance, video...

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Synchrotron Light Sources, FTIR Advance Space-Dust Study
BERKELEY, Calif., Aug. 18, 2014 — Synchrotron light sources have helped researchers discover that interstellar space dust is more complex in composition and structure than previously thought. Researchers from the Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley and Brookhaven national...
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NASA to Study Incoming, Outgoing Arctic Light
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2014 — A new NASA mission will examine Arctic sea ice loss and cloud formation in part by measuring incoming solar and outgoing IR radiation. Called Arctic Radiation IceBridge Sea and Ice Experiment (ARISE), the airborne campaign is meant help...

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Sulfur Copolymers Boost IR Optics
TUCSON, Ariz., Aug. 15, 2014 — A new polymer made from sulfur demonstrates high transmission of IR light that could greatly enhance thermal imaging systems. While crystalline IR materials such as silicon, germanium, zinc selenide and halide salts are all frequently used...
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Sydor Instruments Acquires Sabre Ballistics
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Aug. 15, 2014 — Sydor Instruments LLC has acquired test equipment firm Sabre Ballistics of Caterham, England. The transaction cost was not disclosed. Sydor said the acquisition will increase its revenues by 50 percent, double its worldwide customer base...

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Edmund Optics Announces Promotions
BARRINGTON, N.J., Aug. 12, 2014 — Edmund Optics Inc. has named new directors of its imaging, optics and sales units. Gregory Hollows, former director of machine vision technology at Edmund Optics, will lead the company’s imaging unit. He has 15 years of experience in...
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Light Used to Measure Surface Vibrations
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Aug. 11, 2014 — A technique that passively monitors light intensity modulation is able to measure the physical and optical properties of a vibrating surface. A team from the University of Louisville, in conjunction with Spectral Sciences Inc. and the U.S....

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NASA Engineer to Complete First 3-D-Printed Space Camera
GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 7, 2014 — New imaging instruments made using laser-based 3-D printing could bring the benefits of such technology to the forefront. NASA aerospace engineer Jason Budinoff is developing a 350-mm dual-channel imaging telescope and a 50-mm camera whose...
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Ametek Acquires Amptek and Luphos
BERWYN, Pa., Aug. 6, 2014 — Ametek Inc., a global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, has acquired Amptek Inc. and Luphos GmbH. Amptek provides x-ray detectors that utilize x-ray fluorescence for nondestructive materials analysis. ...






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