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  • Trailblazers in Optical Networking Set to Deliver Keynote Talks at OFC 2014
    Trailblazers in Optical Networking Set to Deliver Keynote Talks at OFC 2014
    02 October 2013
    OFC 2014, the world’s leading conference for optical communications and networking professionals, today announced its line-up of keynote speakers for the 2014 plenary session. On Tuesday, March 11, Ciena’s Gary Smith, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs’ Robert W. Tkach, and MIT’s David Clark are slated to discuss the latest developments in optical communications technology, industry trends, and predictions about the field’s future growth.

  • Inspired by the Human Eye: New Imaging System can Help Diagnose Disease, Monitor Hazardous Substances
    Inspired by the Human Eye: New Imaging System can Help Diagnose Disease, Monitor Hazardous Substances
    02 October 2013
    To meet demands for ever smaller imaging systems, researchers are working to create entirely unconventional ways of focusing light. In pursuit of this vision, engineers from the University of Freiburg in Germany have built a novel type of imaging system inspired by the elegance and relative mechanical simplicity of the human eye. The technology may one day lead to new imaging instruments and microscopes for use in medicine and scientific research, such as devices for detecting early signs of skin cancer or early visual cues for food spoilage.

  • Optical Sensors Improve Railway Safety
    Optical Sensors Improve Railway Safety
    30 September 2013
    A string of fiber-optic sensors running along a 36-km stretch of high-speed commuter railroad lines connecting Hong Kong to mainland China has taken more than 10 million measurements over the past few years in a demonstration that the system can help safeguard commuter trains and freight cars against accidents.

  • Scientists Rig Hospital-grade Lightweight Blood Flow Imager on the Cheap
    Scientists Rig Hospital-grade Lightweight Blood Flow Imager on the Cheap
    26 September 2013
    Tracking blood flow in the laboratory is an important tool for studying ailments like migraines or strokes and designing new ways to address them. Now, using $90 worth of off-the-shelf commercial parts including a webcam and a laser pointer, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) have duplicated the performance of expensive, scientific-grade LSCI instruments at a fraction of the cost.

  • Tiny Camera Records Details of Scene without Losing Sight of the Big Picture
    Tiny Camera Records Details of Scene without Losing Sight of the Big Picture
    25 September 2013
    New system could be used to build a camera that pans and zooms with no moving parts

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