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His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, presented awards to nine winners of the Zayed Future Energy Prize at the awards ceremony during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
WPI professor Cosme Furlong-Vazquez right and PhD candidate Payam Razavi in the Microelectronics Testing and Characterization lab
  • Size and design of the 1 mm3 optogenetic stimulator

    World's Smallest Optical Implantable Biodevice

    Japanese researchers describe a new implantable device no bigger than the width of a coin that can be used to control brain patterns. The device converts infrared light into blue light to control neural activity and is both the...
  • Parametric source for entangled photons

    Quantum Technology for Advanced Imaging: QUILT

    Selected preparation, control and use of individual photons and quantum states for modern applications, in October 2017, six Fraunhofer Institutes launched a new lighthouse project: QUILT (Quantum Methods for Advanced Imaging...
  • Inside the spinal cord of a zebrafish embryo, new neurons light up in different colors, letting scientists track nerve circuit development Credit T Liu et alScience 2018
  • M Mitchell Smith from left, Margaret Grant and Dean H Kedes have used this microscope Smith built to reveal how a cancer-causing virus clings to our DNA
  • Laser light for writing and erasing informationa strong laser pulse disrupts the arrangement of atoms in an alloy and creates magnetic structures left A second, weaker, laser pulse allows the atoms to return to their original lattice sites right Image San

    Writing and Deleting Magnets With Lasers

    Scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) in Germany, together with colleagues from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville (US), have found a way to write and...
  • A conceptual illustration for thermal-to-visible synthesis for interoperability with existing visible-based facial recognition systems Courtesy Eric Proctor, William Parks and Benjamin S Riggan

    Facial Recognition Technology That Works in the Dark

    Army researchers have developed an artificial intelligence and machine learning technique that produces a visible face image from a thermal image of a person's face captured in low-light or nighttime conditions. This...
  • A comparison of blood vessels imaged with short-wave fluorescence imaging right and near-infrared fluorescence imaging left Both images rely on a fluorescent dye called ICG, but the vessels can be seen more clearly with short-wave fluorescence imaging

    Fluorescent Dye Could Enable Sharper Bio Imaging

    Fluorescence imaging is widely used for visualizing biological tissues, such as the back of the eye, where signs of macular degeneration can be detected. It is also commonly used to image blood vessels during reconstructive...
  • Artists representation of glass beads of slightly different diameters denoted by different colors in the nanoresonator coating Each bead acts as an optical whispering gallery, or resonator, for a slightly different wavelength of sunlight Credit K Dill, D
  • Researchers developed a new camera that mimics the visual system of the morpho butterfly The butterflys eyes contain nanostructures that sense multispectral information, providing an ideal way to acquire both near-infrared and color information simultaneo

    Bio-Inspired Camera Enhances Image-Guided Cancer Surgery

    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have created a new camera that mimics the intricate visual system of the morpho butterfly. The nanostructures in the butterfly’s eyes can sense multispectral information...
  • Moncrystalline CIGS thin-film solar cell

    A New Approach to CIGS Solar Cell Fabrication

    Though the layout of these efficient thin-film solar cells is relatively simple, the material properties are very complex and, despite their success, not yet entirely understood. For two decades, scientists have believed that adding sodium to the...
  • A laser device that produces infrared light that can heat up the nanoparticles developed at Wake Forest School of Medicine, which enables them to destroy diseased cells
  • Laser-Based Non-Line-of-Sight Imaging Technology Graduate student David Lindell and Matt OToole, a post-doctoral scholar, work in the lab Image credit LA Cicero

    Laser-Based Non-Line-of-Sight Imaging Technology

    Researchers from Stanford University in California (US) have developed a laser-based imaging technology to see objects hidden around corners. The extremely sensitive non-line-of-sight (NLOS) imaging system could enable self-driving cars to...
  • Monolithically Integrated Holmium Lasers

    Monolithically Integrated Holmium Lasers

    A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University and other institutions have demonstrated a holmium-doped distributed feedback laser monolithically integrated on a silicon photonics platform. ...
  • Faster Silicon Photodiodes with Photon-Trapping Microstructures

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