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Control and monitoring of disease-vector insects is critical to global health, as insect vectors spread pathogens among humans, animals and agricultural products, creating worldwide strain on health care and food resources. Mosquito-borne malaria, for example, caused over 200 million infections and over 400,000 deaths in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.

Imagine you could see through blind spots in your car, or that a surgeon’s hand could be invisible during a delicate procedure. Both could be possible one day with a new type of digital invisibility cloak. Although scientists have been working to develop invisibility cloaks for years, they haven’t yet achieved a cloak that hides an object from all viewing angles and that works for all colors of light.

The Optical Society (OSA) will host an incubator meeting on “Precision Measurements in Air Quality and Turbulence,” on Thursday, 19 May 2016 and Friday, 20 May 2016 at the OSA Headquarters in Washington, DC, USA.

The Optical Society, the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, will host the latest in its Light the Future speaker series with special guest speaker Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and futurist, and featuring a discussion with Dr. Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, OSA Fellow, OSA Honorary Member. The program will take place on Wedneday, 8 June at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California, USA, from 18:30 to 20:00 PDT during the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO).

Researchers have developed a promising new fiber-optic based chemical sensing method that uses light inside a fiber to induce sound waves outside it, providing indirect information about what surrounds the fiber. By overcoming a significant limitation of existing sensors, the new method could improve sensing capabilities for a wide range of applications, including industrial processes and remote detection of chemicals.

         

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