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  • Scientists Mimic Fireflies to Make Brighter LEDs
    Scientists Mimic Fireflies to Make Brighter LEDs
    08 January 2013
    The nighttime twinkling of fireflies has inspired scientists to modify a light-emitting diode (LED) so it is more than one and a half times as efficient as the original. Researchers from Belgium, France, and Canada studied the internal structure of firefly lanterns, the organs on the bioluminescent insects’ abdomens that flash to attract mates.

  • OSA Student Members Gather in Switzerland for IONS-13 Conference on Optics
    OSA Student Members Gather in Switzerland for IONS-13 Conference on Optics
    08 January 2013
    The International OSA Network of Students (IONSTM) will host the IONS-13 conference in Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland Jan. 10-12. The conference, organized by OSA Student Chapters at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and Lausanne (EPFL), will feature technical sessions and programming for students in the field of optics and photonics.

  • The Optical Society Mourns the Loss of Tingye Li
    The Optical Society Mourns the Loss of Tingye Li
    03 January 2013
    Tingye Li, an OSA Past President and Fellow Emeritus renowned for his contributions to lightwave technology and optical fiber communications, died on 27 December 2012 - in Snowbird, Utah, USA. He was 81.

  • OSA Foundation to Provide 22 Student Travel Grants in 2013
    OSA Foundation to Provide 22 Student Travel Grants in 2013
    20 December 2012
    The OSA Foundation (OSAF) announced today its Student Travel Grant Program opportunities for 2013. The OSAF Student Travel Grant Program awards grants to students studying science in qualifying developing nations to attend OSA’s Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), as well as OSA topical meetings and Optics and Photonics Congresses throughout the year.

  • New Dynamic Dual-Core Optical Fiber Enhances Data Routes on Information Superhighway
    New Dynamic Dual-Core Optical Fiber Enhances Data Routes on Information Superhighway
    19 December 2012
    Optical fibers –the backbone of the Internet–carry movies, messages, and music at the speed of light. But for all their speedy efficiency, these ultrathin strands of pristine glass must connect to sluggish signal switches, routers, and buffers in order to transmit data. Hoping to do away with these information speed bumps, a team of researchers has developed a new, dual-core optical fiber that can elegantly perform the same functions just by applying a miniscule amount of mechanical pressure.

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