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The amount of data traffic on the internet and between servers in datacenters has exploded in the past few decades and shows no signs of slowing down. For example, Ethernet technology, used in small to medium-sized networks, has evolved from an original speed of 2.94 megabits per second to 100 gigabits per second, an increase of more than 3,000-fold. An IEEE 400 Gb/s Ethernet Task Force has been formed to take the standard up to 400 gigabits per second in the next year or so, and even this may not be enough for some especially data-heavy companies.

The impact of optics is all around us. Everything is connected to light ― and enabled by optics. But what will be the next breakthrough technology? Discover the power of optics with the Enabled by Optics Contest finalists

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce the creation of the OSA Ambassadors program, a new professional development benefit for student chapters and young professionals. The program launches with 10 Ambassadors who are emerging leaders within the field optics and photonics. The 2016 OSA Ambassadors will work to provide professional development, technical knowledge and mentorship to collegiate chapters and receive the distinguished honor of a lifetime distinction as an Ambassador.

The Optical Society (OSA) announced that Nick Holonyak, Jr., was named an Honorary Member. Holonyak was chosen “for his numerous technology innovations advancing solid state lighting, the Internet, high-performance computing, visible LEDs and quantum well diode lasers. The Optical Society’s Honorary Membership is the most distinguished membership status a society member may achieve and this status is confirmed by the OSA Board of Directors. Holonyak joins 47 distinguished Honorary Members.

Astrophysicists have long sought to detect ripples in space-time called gravitational waves since they realized Albert Einstein’s 1916 general theory of relativity predicted their existence. But only some of the most massive astrophysical events, such as mergers of black holes and neutron stars, can produce gravitational waves strong enough to be detected on earth. Since the 1990s, research teams from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) have collectively tried to observe gravitational waves. Today’s announcement from the LIGO Scientific Collaboration on the confirmed detection of gravitational waves will impact the physical sciences for years to come.

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