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Imaging to the Rescue in Fight Against Invasive Bugs
GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 27, 2015 — Ravenous insects smaller than a penny continue to migrate from the Southeast, threatening to destroy millions of pine and ash trees in the Northeast. Now NASA has teamed with the U.S. Forest Service to combat the problem using an array of optical imaging techniques. Scientists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are using an airborne instrument first developed in 2011 called G-LiHT — for Goddard lidar hyperspectral and thermal imager — to aid the Forest Service in...

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Montana Invests in Optics for Agriculture
BOZEMAN, Mont., Aug. 25, 2015 — More than $2.8 million in state funding aims to kick hyperspectral imaging and other optical technologies into hyperdrive. Two sets of grants will aid commercialization of technologies developed at Montana State University (MSU), fostering...
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Adjustable Mount Improves Thermal Management for Miniature Flow Cytometer
GRANTS PASS, Ore., Aug. 18, 2015 — Positioning equipment supplier Siskiyou Corp. said it recently helped another manufacturer miniaturize its flow cytometer by developing adjustable mounting hardware that conducts heat away from the system's light source. The manufacturer had...

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Solid Tunable Lens Aims for Gentler Colonoscopies
SINGAPORE, Aug. 14, 2015 — An endoscopic probe with adjustable-focus capabilities in a slim package could facilitate more effective and less painful colonoscopies. Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed the instrument using prototypical...
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AOA Xinetics Provides Deformable Mirror for Solar Telescope
DEVENS, Mass., Aug. 3, 2015 — AOA Xinetics, part of Northrup Grumman Corp., has engineered a deformable mirror (DM) for the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), the world’s largest ground-based solar telescope. DKIST was developed by bioengineers at the University of...

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IDS, Stemmer Imaging to End Machine Vision Partnership
OBERSULM, Germany, July 24, 2015 — Industrial camera manufacturer IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH and Stemmer Imaging Ltd. of Tongham, England, have decided to end their partnership. The companies said the market landscape for industrial cameras has changed in recent years...
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Microlasers Track Cells from the Inside
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, July 24, 2015 — Embedded microlasers could allow scientists to track and distinguish between large numbers of cells simultaneously. Two laboratories have published results independently, each showing that cells can absorb whispering gallery mode resonators...

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Fluorescent Mesh Aids Tissue Regrowth
LINKÖPING, Sweden, July 22, 2015 — Polymer fibers provide a mesh for tissue growth that can be monitored through near-infrared fluorescence imaging. Originally developed for solar cells, the material, called TQ1, exhibits fluorescent lifetimes in the subnanosecond range, which...
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Microlens Array Spawns Massive Microscope Image
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 21, 2015 — A new multispectral device is said to have produced the largest microscope image ever, combining 13 color channels gathered by thousands of microlenses into a nearly 17-gigapixel picture. Able to rapidly process very large amounts of...

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NASA Awards $15M HSI Contract to Teledyne Brown Engineering
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., July 21, 2015 — Teledyne Brown Engineering Inc. will integrate a hyperspectral imaging (HSI) instrument into a new Earth observation platform for the International Space Station under a $15 million contract with NASA. The Multi-User System for Earth Sensing...
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Technologies from Ball, Corning, Photonis, SwRI Help Image Pluto
BOULDER, Colo., July 17, 2015 — NASA's New Horizons mission used imaging and spectroscopy equipment to secure the highest-resolution images ever captured of the dwarf planet Pluto. After traveling nearly 10 years and 3 billion miles, on July 14, New Horizons passed...

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UTC Provides Imaging Systems for Cirrus Observation Aircraft
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 17, 2015 — UTC Aerospace Systems (part of United Technologies Corp.) will provide imaging systems for the Perception special mission aircraft from Cirrus Aircraft Corp. of Duluth, Minn. UTC's Cloud Cap Technology TASE400 and TASE500 imaging systems...
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Dynamic Perspective, TU Wien Collaborate on Drone Gimbal
VIENNA, July 15, 2015 — A lightweight camera-suspension system for ultralight aircraft and drones has been developed by Dynamic Perspective GmbH and Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). Weighing less than 20 kg, the DynaX5 gimbal features five rotational axes...

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Spectrometers Delivered for Mission to Asteroid
LITTLETON, Colo., July 9, 2015 — Two of five optical instruments that will be part of a NASA mission to an asteroid have been turned over to Lockheed Martin Corp. for integration into the Origin Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security-Regolith Explorer...
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Daniel Seiler Named Chief Executive at IDS
OBERSULM, Germany, July 7, 2015 — Daniel Seiler has been named CEO of IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH by the company's executive board. He succeeds Torsten Wiesinger, who held the position for five years and will now focus on new product development and expansion of...

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US Army Awards $13M Night Vision Contract to Intevac
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 6, 2015 — Intevac Photonics, a division of Intevac Inc., has received a $13 million contract for the production of night vision cameras for the U.S. Army’s Apache Helicopter Pilot Night Vision Sensor program. A follow-on to a $27 million contract...
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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...

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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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