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  • Smartphones Team-Up with QR Codes for Secure 3-D Displays
    Smartphones Team-Up with QR Codes for Secure 3-D Displays
    14 November 2014
    Quick Response (QR) codes are a convenient and efficient way of accessing specific web pages with a smartphone or other mobile device. However, new research published today in The Optical Society’s (OSA) new high-impact journal Optica, explains how QR codes can do much more.

  • Powerful Imaging for Point-of-care Diagnostics
    Powerful Imaging for Point-of-care Diagnostics
    05 November 2014
    A new handheld probe developed by a team of university and industry researchers in the Netherlands and France could give doctors powerful new imaging capabilities right in the palms of their hands.

  • Supersonic Laser-Propelled Rockets
    Supersonic Laser-Propelled Rockets
    29 October 2014
    A new method for improving the thrust generated by laser-propulsion systems may bring Scientists and science fiction writers one step closer to practical use.

  • New 3D Display Technology Promises Greater Energy Efficiency
    New 3D Display Technology Promises Greater Energy Efficiency
    22 October 2014
    New today in Optics Letters, researchers have devised an ultra-thin LCD screen that operates without a power source, making it a compact, energy-efficient way to display visual information.

  • Magnetic Mirrors Enable New Technologies by Reflecting Light in Uncanny Ways
    Magnetic Mirrors Enable New Technologies by Reflecting Light in Uncanny Ways
    16 October 2014
    Scientists have demonstrated, for the first time, a new type of mirror that forgoes a familiar shiny metallic surface and instead reflects infrared light by using an unusual magnetic property of a non-metallic metamaterial.

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