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  • Medical 'Lightsabers': Laser Scalpels Get Ultrafast, Ultra-Accurate, and Ultra-Compact Makeover
    Medical 'Lightsabers': Laser Scalpels Get Ultrafast, Ultra-Accurate, and Ultra-Compact Makeover
    23 April 2012
    Whether surgeons slice with a traditional scalpel or cut away with a surgical laser, most medical operations end up removing some healthy tissue, along with the bad. This means that for delicate areas like the brain, throat, and digestive tract, physicians and patients have to balance the benefits of treatment against possible collateral damage.

  • Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition Semi-Finalists Announced
    Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition Semi-Finalists Announced
    19 April 2012
    The OSA Foundation (OSAF), HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science are pleased to announce the semi-finalists for the annual Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition. The winners will be announced at the 2012 Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO: 2012), taking place in San Jose May 6-11.

  • The Solar Cell that Also Shines: Luminescent 'LED-type' Design Breaks Efficiency Record, Illuminates 50-Year Mystery
    The Solar Cell that Also Shines: Luminescent 'LED-type' Design Breaks Efficiency Record, Illuminates 50-Year Mystery
    19 April 2012
    To produce the maximum amount of energy, solar cells are designed to absorb as much light from the Sun as possible. Now researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, have suggested – and demonstrated – a counterintuitive concept: solar cells should be designed to be more like LEDs, able to emit light as well as absorb it.

  • Detecting Malaria Early to Save Lives: New optical technique promises rapid and accurate diagnosis
    Detecting Malaria Early to Save Lives: New optical technique promises rapid and accurate diagnosis
    18 April 2012
    Correctly and quickly diagnosing malaria is essential for effective and life-saving treatment. But rapid detection, particularly in remote areas, is not always possible because current methods are time-consuming and require precise instrumentation and highly skilled microscopic analysis. Now, a promising new optical imaging system, described in a paper published today in the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Biomedical Optics Express, may make the diagnosis of this deadly disease much easier, faster, and more accurate.

  • New OSA Award Named in Honor of Michael S. Feld
    New OSA Award Named in Honor of Michael S. Feld
    10 April 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) and the OSA Foundation (OSAF) are pleased to announce the establishment of the Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award, honoring Professor Feld’s fundamental contributions in the field of laser science and applied physics for solving biomedical problems. The OSA Foundation has begun fundraising efforts to permanently endow the award.

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