In this episode of Photonics Hot List...
Understanding that snow serves a greater purpose than just outdoor activities and precipitation, researchers in Utah have developed a device, comprising an IR camera and laser light, that automatically measures the mass and density of snowflakes traveling through atmospheric turbulence.
Researchers in the U.K. can now detect COVID-19 via nasal swab and a lab-on-a-chip genetic testing system in less than three minutes. Made with off-the-shelf components, the compact technology could potentially be adapted to detect other viruses and diseases, including cancer.
Recent advancements have shown it can boost wakefield laser accelerators—researchers in Texas who developed the technology say they’ve already achieved charges that are five times higher than was possible in previous work.