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In just a few decades, new optical technologies have transformed the way we communicate. This year we celebrate Sir Charles Kao, 2009 Physics Nobel Prize winner, who 50 years ago discovered that a laser beam traveling down a single strand of low-loss glass optical fiber, has the ability to transfer the entire contents of a 1TB hard drive in about 31 milliseconds.

Researchers have developed a new technique for killing bacteria in seconds using highly porous gold nanodisks and light, according to a study published today in Optical Materials Express, a journal published by The Optical Society. The method could one day help hospitals treat some common infections without using antibiotics, which could help reduce the risk of spreading antibiotics resistance.

It’s important to know how microorganisms — particularly pathogenic microbes — grow under various conditions. Certain bacteria can cause food poisoning when eaten and bacterial growth in medical blood supplies, while rare, might necessitate discarding the blood.

CLEO:2016, the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, is the premier international forum for scientific and technical optics—from fundamental laser science to photonic applications and products. CLEO:2016 builds on the long-established CLEO/QELS conference and its world-renowned peer-reviewed program. CLEO offers six days of technical sessions, special symposia, tutorials, business programming, exhibits and special events—all highlighting the latest research, applications and market-ready technologies in all areas of lasers and electro-optics.

Imagine a window with no need for cumbersome blinds — with a flick of a switch, the glass simply turns opaque. While the concept is not new, and researchers have already developed prototypes, “tunable windows” face expensive manufacturing challenges that have slowed their widespread commercial adoption. Now researchers have developed a novel technique to make windows turn cloudy that is easier — and potentially cheaper — to implement.

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