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Mouse brain blood vessels before cocaine Credit Biomedical Optics Express
Electrode array as it is positioned on the retina
Working on laser beams at the heart of the holometer Credit Fermi Lab
  • Mouse brain blood vessels before cocaine Credit Biomedical Optics Express

    Your Brain on Cocaine

    A new method for measuring and imaging how quickly blood flows in the brain could help doctors and researchers better understand how drug abuse affects the brain, which may aid in improving brain-cancer surgery and tissue...
  • Electrode array as it is positioned on the retina

    Argus II Retinal Implanted with Success

    The Argus II system is a retinal implant device developed by Second Sight Medical. The device uses a camera mounted on special glasses that sends a signal to an electronic receiver with 60 electrodes implanted inside the eye....
  • Working on laser beams at the heart of the holometer Credit Fermi Lab

    Are We Living in a Hologram?

    A unique experiment at the US 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...
  • PhD students Giovanni Guccione L and Harry Slatyer examine their gold-coated silver gallium nanowire in the Quantum Optics labs Image Quantum Optics Group, ANU
  • A photograph of the handheld probe

    Deeper Imaging of Melanoma with Hand-Held Device

    A new hand-held device that uses lasers and sound waves may change the way doctors treat and diagnose melanoma, according to a team of researchers from Washington University in St. Louis. The instrument, described in the paper...
  • Human Brain Source Wikipedia

    OSA Optics and the Brain Initiative

    The Optical Society (OSA) today announced the formation of a new topical meeting, OSA Optics and the Brain. The meeting will bring together physicists, engineers, neuroscientists and clinicians whose research combines optics and...
  • National Photonics Initiative

    NSF Seeks Innovative Optics and Photonics Proposals

    The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, is greatly encouraged by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) recent...
  • Professor Zenghu Chang from the Department of Physics and the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida set a world record when he produced an attosecond pulse just 67as in duration

    Lasers Freeze Electron Movement

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Harold Edgerton is widely known as a pioneer in the field of ultra-high speed photography. By synchronizing strobe flashes with the motion of objects, then taking a series of photographs through...
  • IMEC researchers have found that illumination stabilizes the morphology of polymerfullerene bulk heterojunction BHJ solar cells that are exposed to elevated temperatures

    Light-Induced Stabilisation of Organic Solar Cells

    Organic solar is a topic of much interest because of their light weight, flexibility and low manufacturing costs. At IMOMEC, Imec’s associated lab at Hasselt University in Belgium, researchers have found that illumination stabilizes the...
  • Fraunhofer researchers have developed a technique to produce mini-OLED screens without colour filters

    OLED Production Technique Slashes Costs, Improves Luminosity

    Screens made of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are a promising technology. Until now, however, a minimal lifespan and very high production costs have prevented them from becoming a widespread commercial product. Researchers at the Fraunhofer...
  • Five-stage ring oscillator based on a direct-coupled transistor logic technology, seamlessly integrated side-by-side on a single sheet of bilayer MoS2

    The Role of 2-D MoS2 in Display Technologies

    Graphene was just the beginning. New research suggests there is a whole array of two-dimensional materials that could change many aspects of modern life. The latest discovery is the 2-D version of a material already used as an industrial lubricant,...
  • Recycling led from car batteries to make perovskite solar cells Illustration Christine DaniloffMIT
  • The solar cells layer system two semiconductor layers in the middle, connected to electrodes on either side TU Wien

    Two Semiconductor Materials Enable Ultrathin Photovoltaics

    Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology (TUW), Austria, created a heterostructure from two ultrathin semiconductor materials — molybdenum disulphide and tungsten diselenide — each only three atoms thick. Outstandingly well...
  • Air waveguides U Maryland showing grad student Eric Rosenthal

    Robust Optical Waveguides in Air

    Light — even laser light — loses intensity with distance. Now, a team at the University of Maryland (US) has found a way to make air behave like an optical fibre, guiding and enhancing light beams over long distances without loss of...
  • Pupillometer prototype with infrared LEDs and CCD camera Applied Optics
  • Researchers use light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy to grow, image plants inside microscope

    Watching Roots Grow With Light Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy

    A new technique developed at Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main in Germany allows scientists to grow plants in miniature chambers inside a fluorescence microscope and observe roots developing in 3D and in real time. Capturing and studying...
  • U Toronto light-sensitive nanoparticles for cheaper, lighter, more flexible solar cells and electronics

    Air-Stable, Light-Sensitive CQDs for Flexible Electronics

    Researchers at the University of Toronto have developed solid, stable light-sensitive colloidal quantum dots (CQDs) that could allow for cheaper, lighter and more flexible power sources, such as paint-on solar cells. "The...
  • NREL Scientist Chunmei Ban assembles a lithium-ion battery with novel technology

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