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The Optical Society (OSA) expresses concern for the revised 6 March 2017 Presidential Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and the impact it will have on scientific freedom. While OSA welcomes the exclusion of Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens will be barred from entering the United States as well as new exemptions added, we believe this order continues to pose a threat to scientific advancement and international collaboration.

The OSA Biophotonics Congress: Optics in the Life Sciences will play host to a special panel discussion on the challenges faced by medical professionals and their patients, and possible solutions posed by biomedical technology.

The 2017 CLEO Conference and Exposition (CLEO:2017) will unite attendees, exhibitors and more than 2,000 presentations from around the world. Comprehensive, peer-reviewed technical sessions, a cutting-edge exhibition, and market focused exhibit-floor programming, provided attendees an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves in a broad range of research, technologies and innovative new products. Hot topics include advances in metaphotonic devices, military applications of high-power lasers, multimodal imaging in biophotonics and optical microcavities for ultrasensitive detection.

Researchers have developed a simple device that can detect an oil spill in water and then pinpoint the type of oil present on the surface. The device is designed to float on the water, where it could remotely monitor a small area susceptible to pollution or track the evolution of contamination at a particular location.

Today’s society is growing in population and productivity puts ever higher demands on the Internet, and without scientific developments to provide ways meeting our traffic needs, it will begin to clog. Mapping photons to a metal surface and converting them to a particular kind of electron oscillations, called plasmons, researchers from Switzerland, Germany and the US collaborated to develop a new way to impart information into the light signals sent over the Internet’s optical fiber networks.

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