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  • Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ) toured the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences and learned about the myriad technologies and job opportunities the science and application of light makes possible.

  • Light traveling in a vacuum is the Universe’s ultimate speed demon, racing along at approximately 300,000 kilometers per second. Now scientists have found an effective new way to put a speed bump in light’s path. Reported today in The Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express, researchers from France and China embedded dye molecules in a liquid crystal matrix to throttle the group velocity of light back to less than one billionth of its top speed.

  • Congressman John L. Mica (Winter Park, FL) witnessed space-age technologies being developed at the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL) at University of Central Florida (UCF) in a recent briefing by professors, students and researchers connected with the university.

  • The applications of gene therapy and genetic engineering are broad: everything from pet fish that glow red to increased crop yields worldwide to cures for many of the diseases that plague humankind. But realizing them always starts with solving the same basic scientific question—how to "transfect" a cell by inserting foreign DNA into it.

  • The bi-annual OSA-CIOMP summer session will provide an opportunity for 100 graduate students from 10 countries to further their education in the field of optics and photonics by interacting with world-renowned instructors, local scientists in China and fellow students.

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