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  • A standard camera takes flat, 2-D pictures. To get 3-D information, such as the distance to a far-away object, scientists can bounce a laser beam off the object and measure how long it takes the light to travel back to a detector. The technique, called time-of-flight (ToF), is already used in machine vision, navigation systems for autonomous vehicles, and other applications, but many current ToF systems have a relatively short range and struggle to image objects that do not reflect laser light well. A team of Scotland-based physicists has recently tackled these limitations and reported their findings today in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.


  • The Optical Society (OSA) today released a statement in support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The program, announced yesterday as part of the president’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget proposal, is aimed at helping researchers and scientists find new ways to treat, cure, and possibly even prevent brain disorders and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and autism.


  • The Optical Society (OSA) today announced its worldwide network of Student Chapters has grown to more than 300. Late last month, the OSA Student Chapter at the University of Victoria in Canada was established—bringing the total to 301 Student Chapters in 56 countries.


  • The OSA Foundation and Corning Incorporated recently named Robert Palmer of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany the 2013 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition winner.


  • After five days of sessions, workshops, panels, show floor activities, short courses and special events, the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition/National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC) wrapped up in Anaheim, Calif. yesterday.

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