Editor’s Picks

  1. Illuminating Science
    Dr Simon Pope and colleagues in the School of Chemistry have designed a new type of luminescent sensor for biomedical imaging that can selectively detect the presence of zinc in conditions like that in the body...
  2. Ancient Roman Glass Inspires Modern Science

    A 1700-year-old Roman glass cup is inspiring University of Adelaide researchers in their search for new ways to exploit nanoparticles and their interactions with light.

  3. 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.

  4. Towards Super-Efficient, Ultra-Thin Silicon Solar Cells

    Despite a surge in solar cell R&D in recent years involving emerging materials such as organics and perovskites, the solar cell industry continues to favor inorganic crystalline silicon photovoltaics.

  5. RPMC Lasers Announces HYPER-RAPID Industrial Cold Processing Picosecond Lasers
    A new picosecond cold processing laser has been introduced with up to 50W TEMoo average power and pulse repetition rates of up to 1MHz. These are ideal for high quality industrial micromachining
  6. FLIR Releases New Software For Research And Science Applications

    FLIR Systems has recently announced a new 4.2 version of its ReasearchIR thermal imaging software. The new software is a powerful tool for viewing, acquiring, analyzing, and sharing thermal data captured with FLIR’s scientific and R&D cameras. It also allows users to access their MATLAB scripts directly in ResearchIR for specially-tailored image analysis and processing tasks.

  7. Spiral Arms Hint At The Presence Of Planets
    A new image of the disk of gas and dust around a sun-like star has spiral-arm-like structures. These features may provide clues to the presence of embedded but as-yet-unseen planets.
  8. University Of Pennsylvania Theorists To Create Optical Circuit Elements
    Engineers at the University of Pennsylvania have theorized a means of shrinking electronics so they could be run using light instead of electricity. In the search to create faster, smaller and more energy-efficient electronics, researchers have looked elsewhere in the electromagnetic spectrum, which ranges from the low-frequency energy used in everyday electronics to the high-frequency energy of gamma rays, to pass the limits of conventional technology...
  9. Revolutionary New Probe Zooms In On Cancer Cells

    Brain cancer patients may live longer thanks to a new cancer-detection method developed by researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital – The Neuro, at McGill University and the MUHC, and Polytechnique Montréal.

  10. OSA, DPG Name Marlan Scully Winner Of Herbert Walther Award
    The Optical Society (OSA) and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) are proud to announce the joint 2011 Herbert Walther Award will be presented to Marlan Scully of Texas A&M and Princeton Universities for his “fundamental and applied contributions: from the quantum theory of optical and micro-masers to the quantum eraser, and from inversionless and correlated emission lasers to anthrax detection.”