Current Headlines

  1. Enabling The Next Generation Of Terahertz Devices
    11/25/2014

    A newly developed, single-component terahertz source was recently developed by researchers at Northwestern University. The device covers the full spectrum of terahertz radiation, comes in a small package, and is capable of functioning at room temperature. The device may enable new medical diagnostics and improve security measures at airports.

  2. X-Ray Laser Imaging Advances To Nanometer Scale
    11/24/2014

    Using an X-ray laser to create diffraction patterns, scientists were recently able to visualize individual carboxysomes without crystallizing them. At about 115 nanometers, carboxysomes are the smallest biological specimen studied by an X-ray laser to date.

  3. Ultra-Short X-Ray Pulses Explore The Nano World
    11/24/2014

    Ultra-short and extremely strong X-ray flashes, as produced by free-electron lasers, are opening the door to a hitherto unknown world.

  4. Cooling With The Coldest Matter In The World
    11/24/2014

    Physicists at the University of Basel have developed a new cooling technique for mechanical quantum systems.

  5. New Nanosecond Laser Treatment Alleviates Macular Degeneration
    11/21/2014

    Using a new low-energy, high-speed laser, the symptoms of age-related macular degeneration were reduced. In addition to effectively treating the disease, the new laser treatment spared retinal tissue, where current laser treatments tend to damage it.

  6. APEI Builds The First Multiphysics Simulation App With The Application Builder
    11/21/2014

    Last month marked the release of the revolutionary Application Builder, now available with COMSOL Multiphysics software version 5.0. The Application Builder, which allows COMSOL software users to build an intuitive interface to run any COMSOL model, has been very well received by the engineering community.

  7. SPIE Digital Library Now Available To High Schools, Two-Year Colleges At No Or Low Cost
    11/21/2014

    One of the most extensive, widely cited digital libraries in the dynamic field of optics and photonics is now available to high school and junior college students and faculty at no or very low cost.

  8. Robotics Meet X-ray Lasers In Cutting-Edge Biology Studies
    11/21/2014

    Scientists at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are combining the speed and precision of robots with one of the brightest X-ray lasers on the planet for pioneering studies of proteins important to biology and drug discovery.

  9. “NanoFlares” Illuminate Individual Cancer Cells
    11/20/2014

    Recently, a team from Northwestern University developed nanoparticles with a built-in fluorescent tag that are capable of identifying genetic biomarkers specific to cancer. Deemed “NanoFlares,” these particles operate inside the cell and can identify cancer cells in the bloodstream, potentially providing an early warning of metastasis.

  10. Advanced Imaging System Glimpses The Physical Basis Of Memory
    11/20/2014

    Recently, a team from Kyoto University developed an imaging system that leverages optogenetics to identify the memory-storing neurons of a worm. This advance may help improve the understanding of memory loss that accompanies certain diseases.

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