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The Optical Society (OSA) today announced it has implemented a new service that enables easy reporting of funding sources for scholarly research articles published in its portfolio of peer-reviewed journals. The newly launched FundRef service from CrossRef enables authors to specify the funding agency that their research was supported by, which in turn allows the agencies to track adherence to their policies, research institutions to better document researcher productivity and publishers to analyze the sources of funding for their published content.

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.


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