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  • OIDA Releases 2013 Data Center Workshop Report
    OIDA Releases 2013 Data Center Workshop Report
    13 May 2013
    The Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) today announced the release of a new report titled “Future Needs of ‘Scale-Out’ Data Centers: An OIDA Workshop for Stakeholders,” summarizing the output of a workshop co-hosted by OIDA, The Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN), and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

  • OSA, SPIE and MRS announce 2013-2014 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows
    OSA, SPIE and MRS announce 2013-2014 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows
    07 May 2013
    The Optical Society (OSA); SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics; and the Materials Research Society (MRS) are pleased to announce their 2013-2014 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows.

  • Six OSA Members Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
    Six OSA Members Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
    03 May 2013
    Six members of the Optical Society (OSA) were elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in scientific research and engineering. They were among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected to the NAS in 2013.

  • On-site Asbestos Detector Offers Promise of Better Workplace Safety
    On-site Asbestos Detector Offers Promise of Better Workplace Safety
    02 May 2013
    Asbestos was once called a miracle material because of its toughness and fire-resistant properties. It was used as insulation, incorporated into cement and even woven into firemen’s protective clothing. Over time, however, scientists pinned the cause of lung cancers such as mesothelioma on asbestos fiber inhalation. Asbestos was banned in the many industrialized countries in the 1980s, but the threat lingers on in the ceilings, walls and floors of old buildings and homes. Now a team of researchers from the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. has developed and tested the first portable, real-time airborne asbestos detector.

  • New LED Streetlight Design Curbs Light Pollution
    New LED Streetlight Design Curbs Light Pollution
    24 April 2013
    Recent innovations in light emitting diodes (LEDs) have improved the energy efficiency of streetlights, but, until now, their glow still wastefully radiated beyond the intended area. A team of researchers from Taiwan and Mexico has developed a new lighting system design that harnesses high-efficiency LEDs and ensures they shine only where they’re needed, sparing surrounding homes and the evening sky from unwanted illumination. The team reported their findings today in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.

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