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Researchers have demonstrated 3D printing of micron-scale optics with unprecedented performance and reproducibility. Their approach can be used to create almost any type of integrated optical element on a micron or smaller scale, which could help miniaturize instruments and devices used in applications from sensing to telecommunications.

When operating on cancer, surgeons want to remove tumors and not healthy tissue. This is especially important and challenging when dealing with brain tumors, which are often spread out and mixed in with the healthy tissue. Now, researchers have shown that a well-established optics technique can reveal exactly where brain tumors are, producing images in less than a minute — unlike conventional methods that can take a whole day.

Nature is no doubt the world’s best biological engineer, whose simple, exquisite but powerful designs have inspired scientists and engineers to tackle the challenges of technologies for centuries.

Researchers have designed a simple new laser system that allows the acquisition of two types of microscopy images with a single light source. In a demonstration of the system’s impressive potential for biomedical applications, the researchers used it to dynamically image the blood flow and miniscule structural changes of a tadpole embryo’s beating heart.

Members of The Optical Society (OSA) joined colleagues from the National Photonics Initiative (NPI) and more than 300 scientists, engineers and graduate students on Capitol Hill today as part of the annual Congressional Visits Day (CVD), sponsored by the Science-Engineering-Technology Working Group. These conversations with lawmakers and their staff illustrate how science policy and federal investments in research and development (R&D) affect innovation, the economy, jobs and U.S. competitiveness.

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