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The Optical Society’s (OSA) Optics and Photonics Congresses will host a series of topical meetings beginning on Monday, 25 April 2016 and closing on Thursday, 28 April 2016 at The Diplomat Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA. Advancements in biomedical optics and biophotonics are fueling new questions in medicine and are enabling novel techniques in diagnosing and treating intensive ailments such as neurological diseases and cancer.

A team of researchers from across the country, led by Alexander Spott, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, have built the first quantum cascade laser on silicon. The advance may have applications that span from chemical bond spectroscopy and gas sensing, to astronomy and free-space communications.

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.

         

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