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Face recognition has become a key tool for unobtrusive human identification broadly applied in areas of surveillance, forensic, security, access control, etc. In recent years, although the accuracy of today’s visible-spectrum facial-recognition systems has rapidly increased and are robust to various conditions such as illumination, pose and expressions, there are some challenges that compromise the efficacy of these systems used in broader areas. .

Members of the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) High Power Lasers (HPL) Task Force, comprised of leading defense contractors, commercial laser companies and academia, today announced recommendations to improve US defense operations and regain our nation’s manufacturing stronghold. The recommendations, unveiled in conjunction with today’s Directed Energy Summit in Washington, DC, call for the establishment of a directed energy program office that will serve to coordinate US manufacturing of high power lasers.

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Australian National University have developed new technology that aims to make the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) even more sensitive to faint ripples in space-time called gravitational waves.

The Optical Society is saddened to announce the death of Dr. Stefan Günster, an employee of Laser Zentrum, Hannover, Germany. Günster was hiking in Ventana Canyon, Tucson, Arizona, USA on Sunday, 19 June 2016. He passed away due heat exhaustion, caused by extreme high temperatures in the area. Günster’s colleague, Marcus Turowski, is still missing in the area and search efforts continue by local authorities.

Researchers have developed a new enhanced DNA imaging technique that can probe the structure of individual DNA strands at the nanoscale. Since DNA is at the root of many disease processes, the technique could help scientists gain important insights into what goes wrong when DNA becomes damaged or when other cellular processes affect gene expression.


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