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The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, theoretical physicist and futurist Dr. Michio Kaku, City College of New York (CUNY), NY, USA, will host the latest in The Optical Society’s (OSA) Light the Future series. The program will take place at the Frontiers in Optics Conference and Exhibit (FiO), the 100th OSA annual meeting, promoting topics in optical science and engineering for both academics and industry members will be held on Thursday, 20 October 2016 from 11:00 – 13:30 (EST) at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, New York.

Traditionally, the study of diseases at the molecular level has required scientists to extract cells and tissues from animal models and then look for clues in the samples that can determine the mechanisms underlying the disease and driving its progression. According to Chris B. Schaffer, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Cornell University, New York, USA, that is “like a person guessing who is winning a battle based on a single photograph from the warzone."

Every year, an estimated 220,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. It is one of the most common forms of cancer to affect women, second only to skin cancer. It is also deadly, killing an estimated 40,000 women annually. Approximately 58% of American women with early stage breast cancer will undergo lumpectomies, a type of breast-conserving surgery that involves the removal of the lump or tumor from the breast.

The Optical Society (OSA) will host an Incubator meeting on “Subwavelength Photonics,” on Thursday, 22 September and Friday, 23 September 2016 at the American Geophysical Union in Washington, DC, USA.

Structural health monitoring systems traditionally use piezoelectric transducers—a device which converts pressure to electric voltage. These transducers normally have excellent reliability except in cases of corrosive environments or under high temperatures, above 1000° Celsius/ 1832° Fahrenheit. Their accuracy and usefulness are limited in these harsh environments.


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