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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, with over 232,000 new cases and 55,000 deaths per year worldwide. Those with light-skin or red hair are often prone to hard-to-detect melanomas, often caused by properties of pigments within skin called melanins. People with fair skin have a higher concentration of the melanin known as pheomelanin in their skin, and a corresponding higher probability of developing melanoma — in particular, a difficult-to-detect subtype known as amelanotic melanoma. In high concentrations, pheomelanin is responsible for the orange-reddishness in hair, but is essentially invisible in skin.

The world’s leading conference and exhibition for optical communications and networking professionals will be held 19-23 March at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Optical Fiber Conference (OFC), expected to draw more than 13,000 attendees and 600+ exhibitors, features a dynamic conference program exploring the latest advancements in optical communications and high-speed data center links through the conference’s 1,150 technical and business presentations.

Optical technologies make a significant impact on biology and medicine. They can be used for imaging and sensing everything from molecules to man. The OSA Biophotonics: Optics in Life Sciences is comprised of five topical meetings highlighting the ever increasing role of optics in the study and treatment of various challenges in the life sciences ranging from molecular level investigations to clinical treatment of patients.

Researchers have developed a completely new type of display that creates 3D images by using a laser to form tiny bubbles inside a liquid “screen.” Instead of rendering a 3D scene on a flat surface, the display itself is three-dimensional, a property known as volumetric. This allows viewers to see a 3D image in the columnar display from all angles without any 3D glasses or headsets.

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, today announced that OSA Fellow Eric Fossum and OSA Emeritus member George E. Smith, 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physics, will receive the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering (QEPrize) for work on Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) image sensor technology, also called ‘camera-on-a-chip’, for high-speed charge coupled devices (CCDs).

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