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From Ozcan's lab at UCLA: a smartphone fluorescence microscope and a lens-free cancer-detecting microscope

From Ozcan's lab at UCLA: a smartphone fluorescence microscope and a lens-free cancer-detecting microscope

12/17/2014 Aydogan Ozcan's lab at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has always been on the leading edge of microscope technology (see related links directly below). Now, Ozcan and his colleagues have created two of their ne...
Silicon emits photon pairs for quantum optics

Silicon emits photon pairs for quantum optics

12/16/2014

Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated a way to emit and control quantum light--photon pairs--generated using a chip made from silicon.

UNL researchers double efficiency of perovskite photovoltaics with fullerenes

UNL researchers double efficiency of perovskite photovoltaics with fullerenes

12/15/2014 A group at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln has doubled the power-conversion efficiency of a certain type of perovskite solar cell by unraveling the origins of a phenomenon known to hinder the cell's performance, stability, ...
Molecules of green and red fluorescent proteins, which self-assemble into ring-shaped structures under the right conditions, can be stimulated to emit laser light

Solid-state proteins can boost fluorescent protein-based lasers' intensity

12/12/2014 A research team has shown that using fluorescent proteins in a solid form rather than in solution greatly increases the intensity of light produced, an accomplishment that could someday lead to biocompatible lasers that are imp...
'Bound states in the continuum' photonic cavity is more-efficient way to trap light

'Bound states in the continuum' photonic cavity is more-efficient way to trap light

12/11/2014 Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated a new and more efficient way to trap light, using a phenomenon called bound states in the continuum (BIC), in which interference in open photonic systems in...
Professor Martin Gruebele led a team that developed a way to watch how unfolded proteins move through a cell using fluorescence microscopy and three-dimensional diffusion modeling

Fluorescence microscopy shows how unfolded proteins move in the cell

12/11/2014

Using a fluorescence microscopy method, a team of researchers was able to track how an unfolded protein diffuses in a cell.

Technology Review: Top 20 technologies for 2014 cover the range from basic R&D to new apps

12/10/2014

Senior editor John Wallace identifies his top picks for the 20 most interesting photonics technology developments covered by Laser Focus World in 2014.

Infraredx's TVC Imaging System, a dual-modality imaging system that can identify lipid-core plaques using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)

Near-infrared spectroscopy could help predict future cardiovascular events risk

12/10/2014 In a new study, Infraredx evaluated the ability of intravascular near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to identify lipid core-containing plaques, which are believed to be implicated in most heart attacks, as a means to predict the ...
Sofradir hyperspectral detector en route to asteroid on board the Hayabusa-2 space mission

Sofradir hyperspectral detector en route to asteroid on board the Hayabusa-2 space mission

12/09/2014 A hyperspectral detector made by Sofradir (Palaiseau, France) is part of the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) space mission Hayabusa-2, which was successfully launched on December 3, 2014 from Tanegashima space center by a Japanese...
Optical microscopy technique discovers that cell division induces tissue ordering

Optical microscopy technique discovers that cell division induces tissue ordering

12/09/2014

Using an optical microscopy technique, a team of researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute has investigated the dynamics of new cell formation in a layer of endothelial cells where there was no liquid flowing over.

Two banner years

12/09/2014

A list of the best of anything is a sure-fire publishing technique to attract an audience-and, true to form, our annual December Top 20 Technology Picks is one of the most-read articles online throughout the year.

Ibrahim Cissé, assistant professor of physics at MIT, uses a light microscopy to uncover the DNA transcription process

Light microscopy method looks to uncover DNA transcription process

12/08/2014 Ibrahim Cissé, assistant professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s Department of Physics, has used a light microscopy method to solve the mystery of DNA transcription, molecule by molecule, in li...

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