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Updated: Researcher, Venture Capitalist Join Headwall Board of Directors
FITCHBURG, Mass., July 1, 2015 — Headwall Photonics Inc. has added a venture capitalist and a remote sensing researcher to its board of directors. Purdue University professor Melba Crawford is an expert in the field of remote sensing and agronomy, with a focus on data analysis and image classification, particularly for agricultural applications. Crawford is associate dean of engineering for research, director of the Laboratory for Applications of Remote Sensing, and chairwoman of excellence in Earth observation at...

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Optical Devices Aim for Asteroid
LITTLETON, Colo., July 1, 2015 — Lockheed Martin Space Systems' facility has received the first of five optical instruments to be installed in NASA's Origin Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft. Led by the...
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Newly Discovered Corals Light Up Murky Depths
EILAT, Israel, June 25, 2015 — Deep-water corals recently discovered in the Red Sea display a surprising array of colors, the mechanisms of which could be developed into new bioimaging tools. An international team of researchers studied corals at depths of more than 50 m...

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Tang to Advance Rama Label Technology at Photon Etc.
MONTREAL, June 24, 2015 — Nathalie Tang has joined the newly created nanotechnology development division, Photon Nano, at Photon Etc., where she will focus on integrating the company's hyperspectral imaging technologies with novel Raman labels. Tang has a doctorate...
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Schalk Named Senior Account Manager at Framos
TAUFKIRCHEN, Germany, June 22, 2015 — In his new role as senior account manager at Framos GmbH, Michael Schalk will be responsible for expanding the image processing firm's share of the logistics solutions market. Schalk will concentrate on marketing Framos' volume measurement...

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Fog Chamber Aims for Better Optics Testing
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., June 19, 2015 — A humid chamber in the desert of New Mexico is designed to help improve the abilities of cameras and sensors to penetrate fog. Sandia National Laboratories recently created the chamber — which is 180 feet long, 10 feet tall and 11 feet...
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Study: OCT Could Aid Brain Tumor Removal
BALTIMORE, June 19, 2015 — Optical coherence tomography (OCT) holds promise as a tool to guide surgeons as they operate on brain tumors, helping them to avoid removing healthy tissue. After identifying brain cancer's OCT signature, researchers at Johns Hopkins...

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System Combines Optical Microscopy, MRI
MUNICH, June 8, 2015 — Combining optical and MRI techniques, a new imaging system aims to uncover the complexities of tumors to help better tailor cancer treatment. The preclinical and intravital molecular imaging system houses a window for tissue observation in...
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Holographic Microscopy, Machine Learning Software to ID Bacteria
DAEJEON, South Korea, June 8, 2015 — Pairing holographic microscopy with machine learning software could help hospitals and the food industry screen for bacterial infection in real time. A quantitative phase imaging unit (QPIU) developed at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science...

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Basler Names Sales Manager for Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands
AHRENSBURG, Germany, June 5, 2015 — Cor Valk has been named business development and sales manager for camera maker Basler AG in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Those three countries make up the Benelux region, which Basler called "among the most important European...
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Fiber Microendoscope Could Reduce Unnecessary Biopsies
HOUSTON, June 3, 2015 — A low-cost, portable, battery-powered microendoscope developed at Rice University could reduce the need for costly biopsies for many patients undergoing screening for esophageal cancer. That's the conclusion of researchers behind a clinical...

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OmniVision Profits, Revenues Dip in 2015
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2015 — Image sensor firm OmniVision Technologies Inc. reported small declines in profits and revenues in fiscal 2015. Net income for the fiscal year, which ended April 30, was $93.4 million, or $1.57 per diluted share. That's a decrease of 1.7...
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Laser Stimulation Reveals New Details in Fossils
LAWRENCE, Kan., May 28, 2015 — Handheld lasers can cause fossils to fluoresce, revealing complex details unseen with traditional visual enhancers such as UV light. The approach could help paleontologists identify microfossils in soil more quickly, and even detect fake or...

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European Projects to Develop Next-Generation CMOS Imagers
EINDHOVEN, Netherlands, May 28, 2015 — Multiple European companies and institutions are taking part in two new projects aimed at developing the next generation of CMOS image sensors. Both projects involve, from the Netherlands, Adimec Advanced Image Systems BV, Grass Valley...
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Metamaterial Hyperlens Breaks Diffraction Limit
BUFFALO, N.Y., May 26, 2015 — A new metamaterial design has enabled a hyperlens capable of imaging details smaller than the wavelengths of visible light. Developed at The State University of New York at Buffalo, the new device relies on a nonresonant, waveguide-coupled...

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Liquid Crystal Compound Lens Eyed for 3-D Imaging
PHILADELPHIA, May 21, 2015 — Liquid crystal can be controllably formed into compound lenses similar to those found in insects, a team from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) has demonstrated. These lenses produce sets of images with different focal lengths, a property...
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Nanotronics Imaging Acquires Franklin MCI
CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, May 20, 2015 — Nanotronics Imaging LLC has acquired Franklin Mechanical & Control Inc. (Franklin MCI) of Hollister, Calif., a manufacturer of advanced mechanical and optical equipment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition will allow...

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Lasers Probe Causes of Volcanic Eruptions
LIVERPOOL, UK, May 18, 2015 — A better understanding of volcanoes' inner workings based on fluorescence imaging could help save lives. A team from the University of Liverpool in the UK, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and the University of Newcastle in...
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DNA, Silver Used to Create Fluorescent Arrays
SANTA BARBARA, Calif., May 5, 2015 — A research team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has discovered how to create a programmed, tunable fluorescent array by cradling silver nanoclusters inside synthetic DNA. Led by Beth Gwinn, a professor in UCSB’s physics...

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Algorithm Makes Video Panoramas from Unstructured Camera Arrays
ZURICH, May 5, 2015 — Even nonprofessionals may someday be able to create high-quality video panoramas using multiple cameras with the help of a new algorithm. The method smooths out blurring, ghosting and other distortions that routinely occur when video feeds...
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Chinese Consortium to Acquire OmniVision for $1.9B
SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 4, 2015 — A group of Chinese private equity firms is planning to acquire OmniVision Technologies Inc. for approximately $1.9 billion. The prospective buyers are Hua Capital Management Co. Ltd., CITIC Capital Holdings Ltd. and GoldStone Investment Co....

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Meprolight, Rolta to Develop Imaging Optronics for Indian Defense Forces
OR-AKIVA, Israel, May 4, 2015 — Meprolight Ltd. is seeking to establish a joint venture with defense contractor Rolta India Ltd. of Mumbai to develop optronic devices based on image intensifier and thermal imaging technologies for India's defense and security forces. Still...
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ODT Enhances Optical Tweezer Capabilities, Holographic Bioimaging
DAEJEON, South Korea, May 4, 2015 — A new optical diffraction tomography (ODT) technique can measure the positions of optically trapped particles in three dimensions at high speed. The method provides a more streamlined and precise way to locate and move microscopic particles...

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Lidar Firm Rechristened Teledyne Optech after Acquisition
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., April 30, 2015 — Teledyne Technologies Inc. has taken full ownership of Optech Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of laser-based survey and digital imaging instrumentation. Terms of the transaction, which was carried out through Teledyne subsidiary Teledyne Dalsa...
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Sharper 3-D Laser Scanner Impervious to Ambient Light
EVANSTON, Ill., April 28, 2015 — Refining principles of 3-D sensing for video games, researchers at Northwestern University have developed a 3-D laser scanner that produces detailed moving images even in the presence of bright ambient light. The device is modeled after the...






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