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  • Innovations from more than 740 scientific, technical and educational presentations will be highlighted during The Optical Society’s (OSA) 97th Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2013, being held Oct. 6 - 10 in Orlando, Fla. Co-located with Laser Science XXIX, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS), the meeting will cover the breadth of optical science and engineering in five days of cutting-edge content, as well as provide opportunities for networking and scientific exchange. Exhibits featuring leading optics companies will complement the in-depth educational programming and offer attendees a glimpse of the latest optics and photonics technologies and products.

  • OFC 2014, the world’s leading conference for optical communications and networking professionals, today announced its line-up of keynote speakers for the 2014 plenary session. On Tuesday, March 11, Ciena’s Gary Smith, Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs’ Robert W. Tkach, and MIT’s David Clark are slated to discuss the latest developments in optical communications technology, industry trends, and predictions about the field’s future growth.

  • To meet demands for ever smaller imaging systems, researchers are working to create entirely unconventional ways of focusing light. In pursuit of this vision, engineers from the University of Freiburg in Germany have built a novel type of imaging system inspired by the elegance and relative mechanical simplicity of the human eye. The technology may one day lead to new imaging instruments and microscopes for use in medicine and scientific research, such as devices for detecting early signs of skin cancer or early visual cues for food spoilage.

  • A string of fiber-optic sensors running along a 36-km stretch of high-speed commuter railroad lines connecting Hong Kong to mainland China has taken more than 10 million measurements over the past few years in a demonstration that the system can help safeguard commuter trains and freight cars against accidents.

  • Tracking blood flow in the laboratory is an important tool for studying ailments like migraines or strokes and designing new ways to address them. Now, using $90 worth of off-the-shelf commercial parts including a webcam and a laser pointer, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) have duplicated the performance of expensive, scientific-grade LSCI instruments at a fraction of the cost.

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