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The Optical Society (OSA) issued the following statement regarding the announcement of Final Rule for Category XII of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) that controls the export and import of optics and photonics commodities, including laser components and systems, and describes which items have been removed from the U.S. Munitions List and placed on the less restrictive Commerce Control List. Please attribute to Elizabeth Rogan, CEO of The Optical Society.

The United Nations-proclaimed International Year of Light (IYL2015) and the results of the year were presented during a ceremony in Paris, France, on 05 October 2016. The Optical Society (OSA) is a founding member of IYL, and Philip Russell, 2015 OSA President, and Chad Stark, The Optical Society (OSA) Foundation Executive Director participated in the program along with other contributing organizations. The final report highlights the 13,000 events held in 147 countries around the world.

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, today announced the names of seven members elected to the 2016 class of the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Members elected will be honored at an induction ceremony to be held on 09 October at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, USA.

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded today to Jean-Pierre Sauvage of University of Strasbourg, France, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart of Edinburgh University, U.K., and Bernard L. Feringa of University of Groningen, Netherlands. The award was given for their theoretical work on “the design and synthesis of molecular machines.” The work of the three scientists opened up, and continues to expand to new horizons for chemically synthesized machines only nanometers in scale—including molecular motors that increasingly feature light as the power source.

If you have ever turned on your car’s high beams while driving through fog, you’ve seen glare in action. As the extra light reflects off the fog, it becomes even more difficult to see what lies ahead. In compelling new research, two scientific teams have developed innovative methods for counteracting glare and reducing unwanted light much like noise-canceling headphones eliminate unwanted sound.

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