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A researcher team from Purdue University, Indiana have developed a smartphone device and an app that together quantitatively analyzes and store the results of strip-based saliva alcohol tests — which is helpful, since the current method consists of matching up the strip against a color scale on its packaging.

Diamonds are renowned for their exquisite beauty and unrivaled durability, but they also are highly prized by scientists and engineers for their exceptional optical and physical properties

In the 1971 film Diamonds are Forever, British secret agent James Bond uses fake fingerprints as part of a ploy to assume the identity of a diamond smuggler. At the time, sham prints were purely a futuristic bit of Bond gadgetry, but technology has since caught up.

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its members have elected Ian Walmsley of Oxford University, UK, as its 2016 vice president. Three directors-at-large were also chosen during this year's election: Michal Lipson of Columbia University, USA, Franz Kärtner of the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science and the University of Hamburg, Germany and Turan Erdogan of Melles Griot and IDES Optics and Photonics, USA.

You can learn a lot about the state of someone's immune system just by examining their blood under the microscope. An abnormally high or low white blood count, for instance, might indicate a bone marrow pathology or AIDS. The rupturing of white blood cells might be the sign of an underlying microbial or viral infection. Strangely shaped cells often indicate cancer.


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