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Flir, ING to Create Aerial IR Inspection Methods
OTTAWA, April 18, 2014 — Flir Systems Canada is partnering with ING Robotic Aviation to develop robotic aircraft and new techniques for infrared inspections. The new technology will allow for aerial industrial infrared inspections and visual gas leak detection. With Flir cameras and gas detection filters, hydrocarbon gas leaks will be detectible. Related information and data gathered will also be more efficiently and comprehensively analyzed using Flir software and advanced imaging techniques. ...

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Panels Redirect Sunlight into Shadowy Urban Areas
CAIRO, April 18, 2014 — Corrugated, translucent panels mounted on rooftops could be used to bend sunlight into places it normally doesn't reach. Amr Safwat, a professor of electronics and communications engineering at Ain Shams University, said the new panel could...
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Laser Process Allows Precision Design of Nanospheres
HANNOVER, Germany, April 17, 2014 — A laser-based technique for creating light-scattering silicon nanospheres could have applications in medicine and sensor technology. Molten silicon forms nanoparticles which, due to surface tension, fly onto a receiver substrate. Images...

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Technique Allows Whole-Brain Imaging with Single-Cell Resolution
SAITAMA, Japan, April 17, 2014 — Understanding the relationship between cellular phenomena and activity at the organism level has been difficult, particularly where the brain is concerned. Whole-brain imaging at single-cell resolution could help. As scientists aim to...
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Metasurface Lens Could Transform Antennas
NANJING, China, April 16, 2014 — Traditional antennas could be in for a makeover following a discovery in broadband optics. Researchers from Southeast University have developed an artificial surface lens that can bend and focus electromagnetic waves. Said to be the first...

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Inexpensive Coating Cuts Glare, Boosts Efficiency in Solar Panels
LOUGHBOROUGH, England, April 15, 2014 — A coating similar to that used on eyeglasses could reduce glare and boost efficiency for photovoltaics. Researchers at Loughborough University’s Centre for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology developed a multilayer...
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Plasmonic Tunneling Enables Ultrafast Circuits
SINGAPORE — A marriage of photonics and nanostructures could enable a huge leap in computer processing speed. A new technique using plasmonic tunneling has allowed researchers to create electrical circuits that operate at hundreds of terahertz –...

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Face-To-Face Molecules Yield More Efficient Solar Panels
RALEIGH, N.C., April 8, 2014 — Organic solar cells could be made more efficient if the orientation of their constituent molecules gets more attention. Exciton transfer is the key to efficient organic solar cells: A team from North Carolina State University and the...
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Nanostructures Show Promise for Efficient LEDs
ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 8, 2014 — Nanostructures and an indium nitride (InN) semiconductor could hold promise for improving the efficiency of LEDs, particularly in the green gap, where productivity typically takes a dive. Researchers from the University of Michigan...

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Gold Material Cuts Glare, Repels Water
IRVINE, Calif., April 7, 2014 — An accidental discovery has scientists looking at light glare through new eyes. Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, were in the process of designing a flexible film to coat various products when they inadvertently...
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Tiny Crystals Could Oust Traditional Solar Absorbers
NANTES, France, April 4, 2014 — Traditional absorbers in thin film-based solar cells may have some competition in a new technique that incorporates nontoxic and relatively common elements. The new approach, developed by a team from the University of Nantes, uses sulfide...

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Nanocrystals Bridge Visible, Invisible Spectra
UTRECHT, Netherlands, April 4, 2014 — Nanocrystals containing cerium and terbium have been shown to efficiently convert UV and IR to visible light, presenting a possible solution to the bandgap problems in solar panels, among other applications. Cerium easily absorbs UV light and...
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Nanoballoons and Lasers: A New Cancer Fighter
BUFFALO, N.Y., April 3, 2014 — Chemotherapeutic drugs have long held their own in the fight against cancer, but inefficiency in delivery and unwanted side effects continue to hinder the process. Now, a team from the University at Buffalo — with assistance from the...

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Lasers to Clean Up Space Junk
CANBERRA, Australia, April 2, 2014 — A new approach to eliminating space debris may be reminiscent of a sci-fi movie scene or video game, but it could actually prove more practical than options previously studied. A new $20 million Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), part of an...
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Superabsorbing Method Improves Solar Cell Efficiency
RALEIGH, N.C., March 31, 2014 — A newly designed superabsorbing solar cell has the potential to significantly improve the light absorption efficiency of thin-film solar cells without compromising solar light absorption capabilities. Developed by a team at North Carolina...

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FBGS, 4DSP Enter Strategic Partnership
JENA, Germany, and AUSTIN, Texas, March 28, 2014 — FBGS and 4DSP have joined forces to enhance the field of fiber optic sensing technology. 4DSP’s fiber optic sensing system will complement FBGS’ all grating fiber technology, affecting design, test, implementation and...
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Combining Technologies Creates Ultrathin Light Detectors
VIENNA, March 28, 2014 — A first-ever combination of technologies has resulted in the creation of an extremely thin light detector. By integrating metamaterials and quantum cascade structures, a team from the Vienna University of Technology has coupled light into...

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IMRA, Jenoptik Enter License Agreement
ANN ARBOR, Mich., and JENA, Germany, March 28, 2014 — IMRA America and Jenoptik Laser have entered into a license agreement on a patent family held by IMRA that includes a method for “controlling configuration of laser induced breakdown and ablation.” Jenoptik will use the...
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System Pushes Better Light Control
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 27, 2014 — More precise control of light could be on the horizon, prompting advances in solar photovoltaics, detectors for telescopes and microscopes, and privacy filters for display screens. Researchers from MIT have developed the first system that...

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IR Method Detects Chemicals Remotely
PROVO, Utah, March 26, 2014 — Infrared technology could help the military to remotely and safely identify sites where nuclear weapons are being made. Researchers at Brigham Young University have developed a model that distinguishes the material in every pixel of an...
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Microtechnology Emerging as Next Big Thing
BELLINGHAM, Wash., March 26, 2014 — Growing demand for high-tech research and development in micro-optoelectromechanical systems (MOEMS) has led to breakthrough achievements for applications including space exploration, wireless systems and health care. “Recent demands...

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Solar Cell by Day, Light Panel by Night
SINGAPORE, March 25, 2014 — A chance discovery has brought light emission properties to solar cells. A new solar cell material developed by a team at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) not only converts light to electricity, but also emits light. The...
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Switching an Antibiotic On and Off with Light
KARLSRUHE, Germany, and KIEV, Ukraine, March 25, 2014 — Soon antibiotics may be switched on and off as readily as a light bulb, treating localized infections and potentially even cancer in the process. A team from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the University of Kiev incorporated a...

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Inevitable Imperfection Produces Nanolaser
COPENHAGEN, Denmark, March 24, 2014 — Nanostructures are inevitably a little bit imperfect, making it impossible thus far to develop optical chips that can control light. However, such structures are proving to be perfect for a whole new set of uses. Although “you...
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1366 Technologies Names New VP
BEDFORD, Mass., March 21, 2014 — Brian Eller has been named vice president of manufacturing at 1366 Technologies. He will lead the silicon wafer fabricator’s manufacturing operations as the company prepares for the commercial scaling of its proprietary Direct Wafer...






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