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Held on 22 April, the March for Science took place in over 600 cities around the globe. Over 250 organizations including, The Optical Society (OSA), connected for this non-partisan celebration of the value of science and scientific inquiry.

Numerous hazardous substances seep from landfills into soil and groundwater, threatening human health and the environment. However, current methods for monitoring these substances are cumbersome and can create additional hazardous chemicals.

Researchers have developed a new solution to tracking objects hidden behind scattering media by analyzing the fluctuations in optical “noise” created by their movement. In The Optical Society's journal for high impact research, Optica, researchers from the University of Central Florida (CREOL) demonstrate their technique by tracking the location of an object as it is moved within an enclosed box.

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, applauds OSA members Stanley Whitcomb, Gabriela González and David Reitze on their recogntion by The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for their contributions to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. Dr. Whitcomb will be awarded the Henry Draper Medal and Dr. González and Dr. Reitze will be awarded the NAS Award for Scientific Discovery during an awards ceremony on 30 April.

A new reconfigurable device that emits patterns of thermal infrared light in a fully controllable manner could one day make it possible to collect waste heat at infrared wavelengths and turn it into usable energy

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