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  1. Heat-Seeking Missile Tech Used For Malaria Diagnosis

    Researchers at Monash University and the University of Melbourne have devised a way to use hardware from heat-seeking missiles to produce a test for early and reliable malaria diagnosis. In the project, researchers used a special infrared sensor called a focal plane array (FPA), which was originally created for use in Javelin anti-tank missiles, to seek out the presence of malaria in a blood sample. When the FPA was used in conjunction with an infrared imaging microscope to test a blood smear, it successfully detected the infrared signature from fatty acids in the malaria parasites, enabling researchers to consistently identify malaria-infested blood at early stages of infection.

  2. 'Comb On A Chip' Powers New NIST/Caltech Atomic Clock Design

    Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb.

  3. Dancing Electrons Are At The Heart Of A Laser Breakthrough

    A team of Dartmouth scientists and their colleagues have devised a breakthrough laser that uses a single artificial atom to generate and emit particles of light—and may play a crucial role in the development of quantum computers, which are predicted to eventually outperform even today’s most powerful supercomputers. By Joseph Blumberg

  4. Enhanced NIST Instrument Enables High-Speed Chemical Imaging Of Tissues

    A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Cleveland Clinic, has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues based on characteristic molecular vibration "signatures."

  5. The Optical Society Launches Optica, New Open-Access Journal For Highest-Impact Research In The Science Of Light

    The Optical Society (OSA) recently published the first issue of Optica, its new open-access, online-only journal dedicated to rapidly disseminating the highest-impact peer-reviewed research across the entire spectrum of optics and photonics.

  6. Can Retinal Imaging Predict Early-Stage Alzheimer’s?

    A group of researchers may have discovered a way to use a noninvasive retinal imaging device to reliably predict Alzheimer’s disease years before its actual onset.

  7. Tiny Laser Sensor Heightens Bomb Detection Sensitivity

    New technology under development at UC Berkeley could soon give bomb-sniffing dogs some serious competition. By Sarah Yang

  8. Improving Driver Safety: How To Prevent Streetlight Glare In The New World Of LED Lighting

    Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain because while our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and even painful. Even as LED technology has transformed the lighting industry, bringing the promise of more energy-efficient road illumination, some fear that the new lights could cause even more troublesome, unsafe glare. 

  9. Plasmonic, Microchip-Based Test Could Improve Diabetes Diagnosis

    Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have created a new microchip that uses nanotechnology to diagnose type-1 diabetes.

  10. SPIE Leaders ‘Delighted’ With Duke Of York As Patron Of International Year Of Light

    The announcement that the UK's Duke of York has agreed to become Patron of the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL2015) in the UK is excellent news for photonics, said leaders of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, following today's press release from the Institute of Physics (IOP) on the Duke's action.

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