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Liter of Light at COP21
Photo by Holger Steiner, Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
  • Liter of Light at COP21

    Liter of Light Movement at COP21

    The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) is being held in Paris (France) on 30 November – 11 December 2015. COP21 aims to to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of...
  • IYL Algeria
  • Photo by Holger Steiner, Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

    Infrared Camera Enables Reliable Facial Recognition

    A research team at the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences has developed a skin detection process which supports biometric systems in securely identifying faces. For measurements in the infrared range, the scientists...
  • Reduced drilling simulation with beam distribution The red line shows the correspondence with the experimental result Photo Fraunhofer ILT

    Laser Process Simulation Available as App

    Software simulating laser material processes predicts what will happen on the workpiece. However, the software is also highly complex and requires significant computing time. Fraunhofer ILT now offers simplified simulation...
  • IYL2015 Science Film Festival in Indonesia Goethe-Institut IndonesiaRamos Pane

    IYL 2015: Science Film Festival in Indonesia

    The opening ceremony of the Science Film Festival in Indonesia took place at Plaza Insan Berprestasi, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia. The Minister of Culture and Primary and Secondary Education, Anies...
  • IYL at the Tate

    IYL 2015: Light and dark matters at the Tate Gallery

    On 20-21 November leading artists, scientists, philosophers, theorists and the public come together to debate, share and uncover our contemporary experience of light, dark and dark matter at the Tate Modern Gallery in London...
  • GalileoMobile in South America
  • Extremely sharp contrast image of breaking glass captured using a recording camera and coupled infrared
  • CoaXpress Photo courtesy of Adimec

    CoaXPress Frame Grabbers Tackle High-End Imaging

    High-end machine vision inspection systems must not only acquire and transfer high-resolution images from cameras to frame grabbers in PCs at high data rates, but also analyze those images rapidly to produce meaningful results. Fortunately, new...
  • An advanced AOI system for color filters

    Getting More from Your Industrial Inspection Camera

    Equipment and infrastructure for machine vision inspection applications are a big investment, and users need to maximize that investment by getting the most out of these systems. A major challenge facing operators of such systems is lagging data...
  • 3D smart sensors for non-contact scanning

    The Benefits of 3D Smart Sensors

    3D smart sensors are an important non-contact scanning method used for a wide variety of industrial inline inspection applications in the automotive, food, electronics, wood, medical industries and more. In these industries 3D smart sensors perform...
  • Travelling-Wave Mach-Zehnder Modulator
  • Mounted Infrared spectroscopy prism

    Engineering Diamond for Optical Applications

    The development over the past 25 years of microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (CVD) diamond has turned what was once used for exotic optics on NASA spacecraft in the 1970s into a readily available optical material today. CVD diamond...
  • Pluto in false color, Image courtesy of NASA

    Spectral Imager Maps Composition of Pluto

    The mesmerizing high-resolution images NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft shot back during its recent Pluto flyby became an overnight internet sensation. But photos, while worth a thousand words, really only tell half the story. And the famously...

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