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  1. Laser Pulse Turns Glass Into A Metal

    Quartz glass does not conduct electric current, it is a typical example of an insulator. With ultra-short laser pulses, however, the electronic properties of glass can be fundamentally changed within femtoseconds (1 fs = 10^-15 seconds). If the laser pulse is strong enough, the electrons in the material can move freely.

  2. Free-Of-Charge VCLIB With More Than 300 Functions: Vision Components Extends Standard Software Library

    Vision Components has considerably extended the functional range of its VCLIB image processing library. Comprising software expertise gathered in more than 20 years in the image processing field, VCLIB offers a unique combination of algorithms refined and optimized for VC’s embedded systems.

  3. Symphony Of Nanoplasmonic And Optical Resonators Leads To Magnificent Laser-Like Light Emission

    By combining plasmonics and optical microresonators, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created a new optical amplifier (or laser) design, paving the way for power-on-a-chip applications.

  4. Best View Yet Of Merging Galaxies In Distant Universe

    Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), and many other telescopes on the ground and in space, an international team of astronomers has obtained the best view yet of a collision that took place between two galaxies when the Universe was only half its current age.

  5. Competition For Graphene

    A new argument has just been added to the growing case for graphene being bumped off its pedestal as the next big thing in the high-tech world by the two-dimensional semiconductors known as MX2 materials.

  6. Do We Live In A 2-D hologram?

    A unique experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory called the Holometer has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe – including whether we live in a hologram.

  7. Laser-Based Diabetes Testing, No Blood Required

    Every day, millions of diabetics measure their blood glucose levels by pricking themselves to get a blood sample, but thanks to a new advance from Princeton researchers, this may not be necessary for much longer.

  8. Biomimetic Photodetector ‘Sees’ In Color

    Rice University researchers have created a CMOS-compatible, biomimetic color photodetector that directly responds to red, green and blue light in much the same way the human eye does.

  9. Lockheed Martin And Electro Optic Systems To Establish Space Debris Tracking Site In Western Australia

    Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers.

  10. A Breakthrough In Imaging Gold Nanoparticles To Atomic Resolution By Electron Microscopy

    Nanometre-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics.

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