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  • Fur and Feathers Keep Animals Warm by Scattering Light
    Fur and Feathers Keep Animals Warm by Scattering Light
    23 January 2014
    In work that has major implications for improving the performance of building insulation, scientists at the University of Namur in Belgium and the University of Hassan I in Morocco have calculated that hairs that reflect infrared light may contribute significant insulating power to the exceptionally warm winter coats of polar bears and other animals.

  • Michael D. Duncan Joins The Optical Society as Senior Science Advisor
    Michael D. Duncan Joins The Optical Society as Senior Science Advisor
    15 January 2014
    The Optical Society (OSA) announced today that Michael D. Duncan will join their staff as a senior science advisor. In this role, Duncan will provide strategic direction on the scientific and technical aspects of OSA’s wide range of programs and services for optics and photonics professionals.

  • OSA Foundation Launches Tingye Li Innovation Award Campaign
    OSA Foundation Launches Tingye Li Innovation Award Campaign
    09 January 2014
    The OSA Foundation today announced the launch of a fundraising campaign to establish an award in honor of the late optical communications pioneer Tingye Li.

  • The Optical Society Hails United Nations Declaration Naming 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies
    The Optical Society Hails United Nations Declaration Naming 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies
    23 December 2013
    The Optical Society (OSA) has commended the United Nations for declaring 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015). The resolution was adopted late last week at the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly in Paris. OSA is one of six founding scientific sponsors of IYL 2015 that worked to obtain the formal declaration.

  • Early Detection of Blinding Eye Disease Could be as Easy as Scanning a Barcode
    Early Detection of Blinding Eye Disease Could be as Easy as Scanning a Barcode
    20 December 2013
    A new optical device puts the power to detect eye disease in the palm of a hand. The tool—about the size of a hand-held video camera—scans a patient’s entire retina in seconds and could aid primary care physicians in the early detection of a host of retinal diseases including diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration.

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