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Exciton Movement Observed Directly
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 — For decades, scientists’ understanding of excitons has been theoretical at best. However, a recent breakthrough has changed the game. A team from MIT and the City College of New York has developed a new technique for imaging exciton movement directly. They say better understanding of the quasiparticle could lead to significant advances in electronics as well as deeper knowledge about natural energy-transfer processes such as photosynthesis. A diagram of an exciton...

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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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Adaptive Optics Enhances Subcellular Imaging
ASHBURN, Va., April 14, 2014 — A new adaptive optics approach sharpens microscope images for biologists studying the zebrafish. The technique rapidly corrects for distortions in transparent, nonscattering tissues at the millimeter scale without exposing them to damaging...

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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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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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Laser Microscope Offers Insight into Autism
EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 31, 2014 — A new laser microscope has the potential for a better understanding of the complex brain circuits of people with autism. A team from University of Edinburgh’s Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Intellectual Disability 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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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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3-D Cell Imaging Through Microfluidic Channels
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 26, 2014 — A microscopy technique developed in 2007 by scientists at MIT enabled 3-D imaging of the interior of living cells without using fluorescent or other markers. Recent adaptations have taken this a step further. Now the researchers have...

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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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Creation of Living Materials Shows Potential
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 25, 2014 — A new approach to materials synthesis has shown promise in the creation of living elements. Researchers at MIT have influenced E. coli bacterial cells to produce biofilms that could incorporate nonliving materials such as gold nanoparticles...

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OSA Award Winners Announced
WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014— The Optical Society (OSA) has named the 2014 recipients of its awards and medals. “This year’s awardees have made incredible contributions to optics and photonics in everything from attosecond science to photonic...
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Shrink Wrapping Disease Biomarkers
IRVINE, Calif., March 21, 2014 — A new technique for better detection of infectious disease biomarkers has scientists looking at ordinary shrink wrap in a whole new way. Developed by a team at the University of California, Irvine, the method uses shrink wrap coated with a...

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Optical Brain Monitoring for Better Stroke Care
PHILADELPHIA, March 20, 2014 — Advanced technology and simple body positioning could be key in providing acute stroke patients with more effective, individualized treatment in real time. A team from the University of Pennsylvania has developed a new optical device that...
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SPIE Names 2014 Award Winners
BELLINGHAM, Wash., March 18, 2014 — SPIE has announced its 2014 award recipients, who are being honored for their outstanding achievements in the industry. And the winners are: SPIE Gold Medal Award: James Harrington of Rutgers University for his contributions to the...

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Hyperspectral Imager Boosts Biomed Research
NEWTON, Mass., March 14, 2014 — A new hyperspectral imaging system offers identification and analysis of complex microscopic samples in real time. Developed by Bodkin Design and Engineering, the VNIR-90 Hyperspectral Imager microscope can capture full spectral images...
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Diffractive Catheter Enhances OCT Imaging
BALTIMORE and SEATTLE, March 12, 2014 — A new imaging catheter that enables real-time, ultrahigh-resolution OCT imaging at 800 nm to form a 3-D volumetric dataset could potentially improve image contrast via increased light scattering and less tissue absorption. Called a...

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SPIE Co-Sponsors Winter College on Optics
BELLINGHAM, Wash., and TRIESTE, Italy, March 12, 2014 — The Winter College on Optics brought the fundamentals of photonics to the forefront recently, as students from around the world learned about everything from optics research and technology transfer to biomedicine and renewable energy. The...
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Brain Mapping Seeks New Paths
NEW YORK, March 10, 2014 — New imaging techniques could build new roadways in neural mapping and provide a better understanding of how the brain functions. A team at Columbia University — along with researchers from Cornell University, the California Institute...

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Breaking Down Diamonds, Atom By Atom
SYDNEY, March 7, 2014 — An inadvertent breakthrough in laser technology could enhance the development of quantum computers and other diamond-based technologies. Researchers at Macquarie University’s MQ Photonics Research Centre discovered that UV laser light...
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Stockman Elected SPIE Fellow
BELLINGHAM, Wash., March 7, 2014 — Mark Stockman has earned the designation of SPIE fellow for his work with theoretical nano-optics and nanoplasmonics. A physics professor at Georgia State University and director of its Center for Nano-Optics, Stockman has made significant...

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A Sticky Approach to Fighting Infection
BERKELEY, Calif., March 6, 2014 — A new nanoscale approach to studying a common source of infection could ultimately lead to the creation of bacteria-resistant materials as a line of defense. Scanning electron microscopy reveals how S. aureus cells interact with a...
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Stimulated Emission Enhances Fluorescence Detection
TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 4, 2014 — Stimulated emission (SE) can now be used to detect the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of fluorescence and convert it to a coherent signal. A technique developed by a team from National Yang-Ming University’s Institute of Biophotonics...

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Neaspec Now Part of Attocube Systems
MUNICH, March 3, 2014 — Attocube Systems AG has acquired Neaspec GmbH, combining two well-established innovators in the fields of nanotechnology and microscopy. The purchase includes Neaspec’s scanning near-field optical microscope (NeaSNOM), the only such...
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New Technique Visualizes Live Cells
NEW YORK, March 3, 2014 — A new optical imaging platform represents a significant step toward a longstanding scientific goal: visualizing small biomolecules inside living biological systems with minimum disturbance. A team at Columbia University has developed a...






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