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Mass General, Infraredx Partner to Explore Cardiovascular Imaging Devices
BURLINGTON, Mass., Dec. 16, 2014 — Infraredx is teaming up with Massachusetts General Hospital and researcher Dr. Gary Tearney to develop new and combination technologies to provide enhanced information about coronary disease in patients. “Coronary imaging has rapidly evolved over the past decade and has become an important part of the practice of diagnostic and interventional cardiology,” said Tearney, a professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Tearney Lab at the Wellman Center...

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Smaller, Faster Lidar Could Map Seafloor from Aerial Drones
ATLANTA, Dec. 15, 2014 — A lidar system light enough to fly on a drone and fast enough to process highly distorted signals in real time could enhance underwater mapping and security. Firing a high-power green laser 10,000th of a second, a prototype built at the...
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Thales, ICFO Partner on MIR Lasers
BARCELONA, Spain, Dec. 9, 2014 — The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) will collaborate with the Thales Group of France to develop ultrafast mid-infrared lasers with high energies and repetition rates. Targeted applications for the lasers include IR spectroscopy and...

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Euresys Picks 2 North American Distributors
ANGLEUR, Belgium, Dec. 8, 2014 — Machine vision firm Euresys has chosen Saber1 Technologies LLC and Motion Analysis Inc. as its North American distributors. Euresys develops products and services for image acquisition and vision-oriented analysis, and recently launched a...
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Biospeckle Laser Method IDs Fruits’ Peak Ripeness
BEIRUT, Dec. 4, 2014 — There is a relatively small window of “peak edibleness” for fruits such as apples and tomatoes. Imagine being able to fit in that window at precisely the right time for an optimal harvest. That is now possible with a new laser technique....

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Modified Streak Camera Captures 100B Frames Per Second
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 4, 2014 — A modified streak camera is fast enough to capture the movement of a single laser pulse in real time. Streak cameras measure the intensity variation in a pulse of light with time, but in only one dimension. Researchers at Washington...
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2Q Profits Up at OmniVision
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2014 — Revenues were relatively stable and profits were up slightly for CMOS image sensor firm OmniVision Technologies Inc. in its second quarter of fiscal 2015. Net income was $28.0 million, up 6.5 percent from $26.3 million in the second quarter...

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Imaging Systems to Explore Asteroid Composition Close-Up
TANEGASHIMA, Japan, Dec. 3, 2014 — A probe launched today by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) carries a spectroscopy and imaging systems to examine the composition of a near-Earth asteroid. Asteroid Explorer Hayabusa2 is on a mission to explore the origins of...
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Orbotech Supplies 1000th Direct Imaging System
YAVNE, Israel, Dec. 3, 2014 — Orbotech will supply Red Board Ltd. of China with a direct imaging system for printed circuit board inspection, marking the 1000th to be produced. “The sale of our 1000th DI system is a significant occasion for Orbotech,” said...

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UK Establishes 4 Quantum Technology Hubs
BIRMINGHAM, England, Dec. 2, 2014 — Four newly established quantum technology research hubs in the U.K. will explore advanced light detectors and more. The £120 million project (about $148.5 million) involves 17 universities and 132 companies and is funded by the...
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Northeastern, PHI Establish Research Program
BOSTON, Dec. 1, 2014 — A collaboration between Northeastern University and Phase Holographic Imaging (PHI) of Sweden will establish a Holographic Imaging Cytometry Program of Excellence. The new program is an application development hub and educational resource...

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DIY Microscope Boosts Efficiency and Cuts Costs
UXBRIDGE, England, Nov. 26, 2014 — A Brunel University London student has developed a DIY microscope that will ultimately cut research costs and save time in the lab. Dr. Adam Lynch, a postdoctoral candidate at Brunel’s College of Health and Life Sciences, created the...
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Biomarker System Offers Advanced Cancer Detection
SINGAPORE, Nov. 21, 2014 — A combined biomarker and drug delivery system could lead to very localized, more effective cancer treatment. Developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological University, the biomarker detects and makes visible tumor cells by lighting up...

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Nikon, JEOL to Collaborate on Light-Electron Microscope
MELVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2014 — Nikon Instruments Inc. and JEOL have joined forces to research and develop systems that combine light and electron microscopy. Existing light microscopes cannot provide the molecular-level information that an electron microscope can. And...
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Providence Photonics Receives EPA Grant for Flare Monitor Commercialization
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 — Providence Photonics in Baton Rouge, La., has been awarded a $300,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to commercialize its flare efficiency monitoring system. The system allows...

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Stimulating Light Receptors Relaxes Blood Vessels
BALTIMORE, Nov. 17, 2014 — A blood vessel receptor that responds to light could aid more effective treatment of vascular diseases and other medical conditions. A team led by Johns Hopkins Medicine discovered the receptor, which causes blood vessels to relax in...
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Brain Studies Advance Neural Mapping, Axon Control
ARLINGTON, Texas, Nov. 12, 2014 — Probing the brain with lasers could not only advance understanding of the organ, but also help heal it. Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have authored two studies on the subject. The first, published in PLOS One (doi:...

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Drugs Enhance SPECT Imaging of Metastatic Cancer
NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2014 — New drugs that bind to metastatic prostate cancer in soft tissue, lymph nodes and bone can enhance SPECT and planar imaging. A new study represents the first time these target-specific radiopharmaceuticals have been shown to improve cancer...
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Phosphorescent Bandage Helps Wound Assessment
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 11, 2014 — A “smart” bandage can indicate oxygen concentration in severely damaged tissue, potentially increasing the success rate of surgeries to restore limbs and physical functions. With wounded soldiers in mind, a team from the Wellman...

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Handheld Probe Combines Photoacoustics, Ultrasound
ENSCHEDE, Netherlands, Nov. 7, 2014 — A new handheld imaging system that combines photoacoustics and ultrasound produces detailed, real-time images of blood vessels, internal organs and body parts. Researchers from the University of Twente’s Biomedical Photonic...
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Software Offers Panoramic Views for Endoscopy
ERLANGEN, Germany, Nov. 7, 2014 — Software that fuses together endoscope images could offer a fuller internal view of organs to better diagnose cancer and other ailments. The program — Endorama — developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for...

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Microscopy Aids Single-Cell, Whole-Body Imaging
TOKYO and SAITAMA, Japan, Nov. 6, 2014 — A microscopy and imaging technique could make tissue and potentially whole organisms transparent. A team at the Riken Quantitative Biology Center and the University of Tokyo developed the method — CUBIC (Clear, Unobstructed Brain...
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Photonfocus Wins Swiss Excellence Award
LACHEN, Switzerland, Nov. 6, 2014 — Photonfocus has received the Swiss Excellence Product Award for its series of CMOS cameras. This line of cameras can shoot up to 500 fps and transmit over a small bandwidth in real time. Among other applications, the cameras were used last...

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Photoacoustics Exposes Arterial Plaques
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind., Nov. 5, 2014 — Measuring ultrasound signals generated by a fast-pulsing laser inside an artery could advance diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. A new technique called intravascular photoacoustic imaging takes precise 3-D images and reveals the presence...
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Bioimaging Technique Isolates Moving Tissue
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 3, 2014 — Light-guiding technology could take scientists on a journey inside blood vessels. The new technology — time-reversed adapted-perturbation (TRAP) optical focusing, developed by a team at Washington University in St. Louis —...






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