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  • The Optical Society Launches Innovative Products and Services for Digital Library Users
    The Optical Society Launches Innovative Products and Services for Digital Library Users
    08 May 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) today announced the launch of several enhancements to its digital library, Optics InfoBase. Central to the new services that have launched is the reinvention of its journal article interface. With this new interface, users can more easily access and browse each article’s full-text, article-level metrics, interactive and embedded equations, and more than 200,000 images via the new Optics ImageBank product. Additionally, today’s initial launch allows OSA the opportunity to make functional adjustments to all of these innovative offerings based on user feedback. The goal is to refine each new offering over the next six months.

  • Screening for Breast Cancer Without X-rays: Lasers and Sound Merge in Promising Diagnostic Technique
    Screening for Breast Cancer Without X-rays: Lasers and Sound Merge in Promising Diagnostic Technique
    07 May 2012
    X-ray mammography is an important diagnostic tool in the fight against breast cancer, but it has certain drawbacks that limit its effectiveness. For example, it can give in false positive and negative results; it also exposes women to low doses of ionizing radiation, which – while accepted as safe – still carry some risk.

  • CLEO: 2012 Press Luncheon Spotlights New Developments in Biophotonics for Cancer Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment
    CLEO: 2012 Press Luncheon Spotlights New Developments in Biophotonics for Cancer Detection, Diagnosis and Treatment
    02 May 2012
    CLEO: 2012, the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics, brings together the world’s foremost scientists and engineers working in the field of laser science. From May 6 – 11 in San Jose, more than 1,800 technical presentations, with content stemming from fundamental laser science to photonic applications and products will be presented in fields such as ultrafast lasers, energy-efficient optics, quantum electronics, biotechnology and more.

  • Portable Gas Sensors Improve Atmospheric Pollution Measurements
    Portable Gas Sensors Improve Atmospheric Pollution Measurements
    30 April 2012
    Different types of compact, low-power portable sensors under development by three independent research groups may soon yield unprecedented capabilities to monitor ozone, greenhouse gases, and air pollutants. The three teams will each present their work at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO: 2012), to be held May 6-11, in San Jose, Calif.

  • Re-defining Time: Transmitting extremely precise clock signals over long distances could help pave the way to a new definition of the second
    Re-defining Time: Transmitting extremely precise clock signals over long distances could help pave the way to a new definition of the second
    30 April 2012
    Atomic clocks based on the oscillations of a cesium atom keep amazingly steady time and also define the precise length of a second. But cesium clocks are no longer the most accurate. That title has been transferred to an optical clock housed at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colo. that can keep time to within 1 second in 3.7 billion years.

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