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  • The Optical Society (OSA) congratulates Senator Chris Coons, Democrat from Delaware for recognizing the International Year of Light. The statement reaffirms the crucial role optics and photonics play in the U.S. economy and everyday life. It also recognizes the importance of continued investment in fundamental optics and photonics research and applauds the people of the United States for participating in the International Year of Light through local programs, activities, and ceremonies.


  • Checking on bird embryos might just have gotten easier. A research team from Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), South Korea, have demonstrated a new way of monitoring the blood flow of bird embryos still in their eggs, which could provide poultry farmers with a relatively simple and cheap technique to track the health of their livestock.


  • Color-image based systems are excellent at locating people in aerial search and rescue operations, but fall short when it comes to discerning between actual human skin and objects with similar hues. To remedy this, researchers at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) have developed a novel two-dimensional feature space which uses the spectral absorption characteristics of melanin, hemoglobin and water to better characterize human skin


  • Optics researchers have discovered a new way to measure incredibly small distortions in light waves by indirectly studying the behavior of curious ‘quasiparticles’ – ripples in the electric field that emerge when light and solid surfaces interact. This new technique holds significant promise for applications in metrology and chemical sensing, as well as potential improvements in adaptive optics for microscopy and biomedicine.


  • The Optical Society (OSA) will host an incubator meeting on Optical Computing on Thursday, 10 December and Friday, 11 December at the OSA headquarters. The purpose of this incubator is to explore the current status and future prospects of the re-emerging field of optical computing. The incubator will include an invited panel to facilitate and moderate discussion around attendees.

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