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The organizers of the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) today announced new dates for CLEO: 2013, which will now take place in San Jose, Calif., USA. The conference and expo will be moved to June 9 - 14, 2013, due to the decision by Messe Munich, organizers for Laser: World of Photonics, to move the dates for their 2013 event. The change in CLEO: 2013 dates will provide attendees and exhibitors more time between the two industry shows.

The Optical Society ( OSA ) today announced they are a partner and exhibitor in the USA Science and Engineering Festival taking place in Washington, D.C., April 28-29. OSA volunteers will be on hand to perform education demonstrations in the Festival’s “Big Top Physics” tent, a joint project between OSA, the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the Acoustical Society of America, the Society of Physics Students, and the University of Maryland’s MRSEC program.

Whether surgeons slice with a traditional scalpel or cut away with a surgical laser, most medical operations end up removing some healthy tissue, along with the bad. This means that for delicate areas like the brain, throat, and digestive tract, physicians and patients have to balance the benefits of treatment against possible collateral damage.

The OSA Foundation (OSAF), HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science are pleased to announce the semi-finalists for the annual Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition. The winners will be announced at the 2012 Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO: 2012), taking place in San Jose May 6-11.

To produce the maximum amount of energy, solar cells are designed to absorb as much light from the Sun as possible. Now researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have suggested – and demonstrated – a counterintuitive concept: solar cells should be designed to be more like LEDs, able to emit light as well as absorb it.

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