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The Optical Society (OSA) will host an incubator meeting on “Precision Measurements in Air Quality and Turbulence,” on Thursday, 19 May 2016 and Friday, 20 May 2016 at the OSA Headquarters in Washington, DC, USA.

The Optical Society, the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, will host the latest in its Light the Future speaker series with special guest speaker Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and futurist, and featuring a discussion with Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, OSA Fellow, OSA Honorary Member. The program will take place on Wedneday, 8 June at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California, USA, from 18:30 to 20:00 PDT during the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).

Researchers have developed a promising new fiber-optic based chemical sensing method that uses light inside a fiber to induce sound waves outside it, providing indirect information about what surrounds the fiber. By overcoming a significant limitation of existing sensors, the new method could improve sensing capabilities for a wide range of applications, including industrial processes and remote detection of chemicals.

As plaque accumulates on the inside of arteries, it can cause the arteries to thicken and harden. When that plaque ruptures, it can ultimately block blood flow and lead to a heart attack, stroke or other problem throughout the body.

Solar cells turn sunlight into electricity, but they’re only about 20 percent efficient. Much of the leftover energy turns into heat, which actually harms the solar cell. Now researchers from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA, have developed and tested a new material that can cool a solar cell by up to 13° Celsius (C) under the California winter sun. Because heat makes solar cells less efficient, the researchers predict their cooling layer could help solar cells turn approximately 1 percent more sunlight into electricity, a big boost from a relatively simple add-on.


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