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Asbestos was once called a miracle material because of its toughness and fire-resistant properties. It was used as insulation, incorporated into cement and even woven into firemen’s protective clothing. Over time, however, scientists pinned the cause of lung cancers such as mesothelioma on asbestos fiber inhalation. Asbestos was banned in the many industrialized countries in the 1980s, but the threat lingers on in the ceilings, walls and floors of old buildings and homes. Now a team of researchers from the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K. has developed and tested the first portable, real-time airborne asbestos detector.

Recent innovations in light emitting diodes (LEDs) have improved the energy efficiency of streetlights, but, until now, their glow still wastefully radiated beyond the intended area. A team of researchers from Taiwan and Mexico has developed a new lighting system design that harnesses high-efficiency LEDs and ensures they shine only where they’re needed, sparing surrounding homes and the evening sky from unwanted illumination. The team reported their findings today in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.

The CLEO: 2013 co-sponsors (APS, IEEE Photonics Society, OSA) and Laser Focus World today announced KMLabs (Kapteyn-Murnane Laboratories) as the winner of this year’s CLEO/Laser Focus World Innovation Award.

OSA’s Corporate Associate Members have been busy in the first part of 2013, breaking barriers in research, receiving prestigious grants and awards, and hitting institutional milestones. We look forward to sharing more breakthrough technologies and industry accolades this spring.

The Optical Society (OSA) released a statement in support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding levels proposed today by U.S. President Barack Obama for science-related agencies. The proposed budget would fund federal research and development programs at levels consistent with, or slightly above, spending levels from FY 2012 and 2013 including: $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $754 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), $5 billion for the Department of Energy Office of Science, and $2.9 billion for the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).


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