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Hexagon Acquires Vero Software
STOCKHOLM, July 22, 2014 — Hexagon AB, a provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has acquired Vero Software. Vero, of Cheltenham, England, produces computer-aided manufacturing software that will be integrated into Hexagon’s new metrology planning software. Vero will remain an autonomous business unit, Hexagon said. For more information, visit www.hexagon.com.

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Fluorescence Sensor Diagnoses Diabetes
STANFORD, Calif., July 17, 2014 — A microchip that detects fluorescent signatures of antibodies associated with Type 1 diabetes could aid in prevention and early intervention. Created by a team from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the portable gold plasmonic...
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Labsphere Inc. Opens Stratosphere Software
NORTH SUTTON, N.H., July 16, 2014 — Labsphere Inc. has created the spinoff Stratosphere Software to cater to test and measurement hardware companies. Dr. Peter Weitzman has been named general manager. Stratosphere will build off of Labsphere’s Integral software platform...

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LMI Acquires GFMesstechnik
VANCOUVER, June 23, 2014 — 3-D scanning and inspection firm LMI Technologies has acquired GFMesstechnik GmbH of Berlin, a supplier of 3-D metrology products. The purchase price was not disclosed. LMI said it will absorb GFM’s 30 employees. The...
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Brain-Mapping Device Aids PTSD Study
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 20, 2014 — A portable brain-mapping device based on NIR spectroscopy could help advance understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Further study of the disorder, which can greatly hinder sufferers’ memory and learning abilities,...

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Eagleyard Consolidates North American Distribution with TeraComm
BERLIN, June 4, 2014 — Eagleyard Photonics GmbH has severed ties with distributor Market Tech Inc., awarding North American sales and distribution contracts to TeraComm LLC and its spinoff XSoptix LLC. Market Tech has been eagleyard’s distributor in the...
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PhotoScribe Patents Diamond Assessment System
NEW YORK, June 3, 2014 — A newly patented technology claims to quantify the beauty of diamonds by registering how they interact with light. An enlarged, sectional view of an annular support for light sources facing a table of a gemstone. PhotoScribe...

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Waterloo Professor Wins Award for Optics Research
WATERLOO, Ontario, Canada, June 3, 2014 — The Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) and the National Optics Institute have awarded Melanie Campbell the 2014 Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Photonics. The award recognizes Campbell’s numerous contributions to...
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Optogenetic Method Erases, Reactivates Memories
SAN DIEGO, June 2, 2014 — A new light-based technique could essentially control memories, showing potential for treating brain-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. A team from the University of California, San Diego, has discovered how to use...

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Report: Solar Panels from China Not So Green
EVANSTON, Ill., and LEMONT, Ill., May 30, 2014 — With fewer environmental standards for factories and more electricity generated from non-renewable sources, China’s carbon footprint is about twice as large as Europe’s. This makes China’s manufacturing of energy-saving tools, such...
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Rotational Sensor Exploits Polarization
ERLANGEN, Germany, May 29, 2014 — A rotational angle sensor that measures light polarization aims to be less finicky than its optical and magnetic counterparts. Magnetic sensors are durable but not as precise as optical sensors. Optical sensors, meanwhile, must be precisely...

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Nanosphere-Laced Polymer Changes Color Under Stress
RIVERSIDE, Calif., May 23, 2014 — A plastic film that changes color under stress could provide more detailed information in product safety testing and other areas where pressure and strain are measured. A lab at the University of California, Riverside, used a self-assembly...
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Optical Scanner Shines New Light on Brain
ST. LOUIS, May 21, 2014 — A new generation of optical neuroimaging touts effectiveness comparable to MRI and PET technologies, but has the ability to see and study areas of the brain that the others cannot. Diffuse optical tomography (DOT) is a new brain scanning...

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5 Firms Join UK Machine Vision Group
WALLINGTON, England, May 20, 2014 — The UK Industrial Vision Association recently announced five new members: Acrovision, AlphaChase, IDS Imaging Development Systems, Industrial Vision Systems and Scandinavian Machine Vision. Acrovision is an integrator of inspection and...
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Glaucoma Study Builds on OCT
VIENNA, May 20, 2014 — A new technique expands on existing optical coherence tomography (OCT) methods to measure blood flow in the retina and explore how that relates to the development of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in industrialized countries. ...

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ESI Sues EO Technics Over Alleged Patent Infringement
PORTLAND, Ore., May 16, 2014 — Laser manufacturing firm Electro Scientific Industries Inc. has filed a lawsuit alleging EO Technics Co. Ltd. is infringing on its patent for a positioning system. The complaint, lodged in the Seoul Central District Court of South Korea,...
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Semiconductors Boost Photon Control Earnings
BURNABY, B.C., May 15, 2014 — Photon Control Inc. reported considerable earnings in the first quarter of 2014, powered largely by semiconductor sales. The developer of optical measurement technologies said profit before taxes was $2.1 million, an increase of about 430...

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Test Environment Planned for Next-Generation Devices
CORK, Ireland, May 12, 2014 — A new test environment is being planned to facilitate the creation of next-generation photonic and electronic devices. A team of researchers from throughout Europe is working to develop the simulation environment as part of a three-year...
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Two-Stage Laser Could Make Rain, Lightning
UNION PARK, Fla., and TUCSON, Ariz., April 18, 2014 — Weather is beyond human control — or is it? A team from the University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona are developing a technique to trigger rain and lightning in clouds with a...

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New Switch Could Scale Up Quantum Computing
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 11, 2014 — A new technique to connect particles could assist in development of quantum computing systems. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have coupled a lone atom of rubidium with a single photon, an interaction that allows each to switch the...
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Flir Systems Hires New CMO
WILSONVILLE, Ore., April 7, 2014 — Travis Merrill has joined Flir Systems Inc. as senior vice president and chief marketing officer. Merrill will develop and lead the company’s global marketing and brand building initiatives. He most recently served as vice...

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Europium Complexes Emit Red Light with Record Efficiency
WARSAW, Poland, and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland, April 4, 2014 — New material developed in Poland has enabled Scottish researchers to produce a highly efficient, nearly monochromatic red OLED. The compounds were developed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw...
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ITT Space Systems Wins NASA Laser Contract
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 2, 2014 — NASA has enlisted ITT Space Systems to develop an optical assembly that will ultimately validate high-speed laser transmission of data from Earth’s orbit and deep space. As part of the $6.2 million, 15-month Laser Communications Relay...

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Caliber Imaging & Diagnostics Names New CFO
BOSTON and ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 31, 2014 — Caliber Imaging & Diagnostics, formerly Lucid Inc., has named Richard C. Christopher as chief financial officer. He replaces Richard J. Pulsifer. Christopher served for eight years as CFO of DUSA Pharmaceuticals Inc., overseeing its sale to Sun...
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Optical Pulses to Deflect Asteroids
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 27, 2014 — An abundance of rogue asteroids are on a collision course with Earth, more than previously thought, according to recent studies. But don’t panic — the threat is not immediate, and scientists are working on a solution. ...






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