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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 electron microscopes are traditionally restricted to nonliving samples, which is not a limitation for light microscopy. This collaboration will ultimately combine the advantages that each technology provides. The new team will work to develop...

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Providence Photonics Receives $2.7M EPA Grant for Flare Monitor Commercialization
WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2014 — Providence Photonics in Baton Rouge, La., has been awarded a $2.7 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to commercialize its flare efficiency monitoring system. The system...
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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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Orders Down, Profits Slip at ON Semiconductor
PHOENIX, Nov. 3, 2014 — With CEO Keith Jackson citing a slowdown in orders, third-quarter profits slipped 19.7 percent to 41.6 million at ON Semiconductor Corp. Total revenues were $833.5 million, up 16.5 percent from $715.4 million in the third quarter of 2013....

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Leica Mapping Drones to Carry Headwall Hyperspectral Imagers
FITCHBURG, Mass., Oct. 29, 2014 — Headwall Photonics’ hyperspectral imaging sensors will be integrated into Leica Geosystems’ drone mapping systems under a new agreement between the two companies. Hyperspectral imaging allows collection of data on the material...
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Imaging Revenues Down, Profits Up at Teledyne
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Oct. 24, 2014 — Teledyne Technologies Inc. reported record earnings in the third quarter of 2014 despite a decline in sales at its imaging businesses. Net income was $55.6 million, up 18.8 percent from $46.8 million in the third quarter of 2013. Total...

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JAI Names New VP of Worldwide ITS Sales
SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 24, 2014 — Camera maker JAI Group has named Kyle Kisiel its new vice president of global intelligent traffic systems (ITS) and U.S. sales. Kisiel will be responsible for sales of specialized cameras and flash systems that are used for day and night...
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Grant Award Furthers Study of SWIR Light for Detecting Cancer
PISCATAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J., Oct. 22, 2014 — Detecting cancer as early as possible can be crucial to providing effective treatment. The continuing development of a new imaging method could do just that. A Rutgers University research team, along with scientists from Singapore...

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Wang Named 2015 Britton Chance Award Winner
BELLINGHAM, Wash., Oct. 17, 2014 — Lihong Wang, an innovator in photoacoustic imaging, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award. A researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, Wang is being recognized for his pioneering technical...
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Orbital Imager to Track Lightning for Early Warning System
PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 16, 2014 — A satellite imager planned for launch in 2016 will detect lightning flashes across the U.S. to provide early warnings for severe weather. Developed by Lockheed Martin, the heart of the instrument is a 500-fps, 1.8-megapixel focal plane,...

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CEO to Lead Cognoptix Board of Directors
ACTON, Mass., Oct. 14, 2014 — Medical imaging device developer Cognoptix has named its president and CEO, Paul D. Hartung, chairman of the company’s board of directors. In addition, Dr. Christine de los Reyes, vice president of business development and strategic...
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Fluorescent, Magnetic Nanoparticles Aid Bioimaging
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 14, 2014 — Nanoparticles that fluoresce to enable tracking in the body can also be precisely manipulated with magnetic fields. Manipulating the particles with electromagnets is key to using them in biological research because the tiny particles could...

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FRET Offers Real-Time Look at HIV Infection Process
NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2014 — Scientists can now study the motion of HIV proteins on the surface of the virus, opening new possibilities for fighting the disease. A team at Weill Cornell Medical College used single-molecule fluorescence resonance energy transfer...
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UC Berkeley Nabs Grant for BRAIN Initiative, Teams with Zeiss
BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 13, 2014 — The University of California was awarded a total of $7.2 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to conduct brain-related research as part of the national BRAIN Initiative. The grants will be dispersed over three years. In...

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Imaging Digs Deep to Improve Crops
ATLANTA and STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Oct. 10, 2014 — Boosting the output of important food crops such as rice and maize to meet the needs of the world’s growing population requires improvements both above and below the soil. A new imaging technique could aid these efforts. Developed by...
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Laser-Based Imaging Leads to Better Lung Disease Treatment
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 9, 2014 — How sticky is snot? The rest of the world might not ask that question every day, but a group at the University of North Carolina does. They now have an answer, thanks to a laser-based imaging method, and it could enable doctors to monitor and better...






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