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06 Sep 21
UK invests £4M in world’s largest robotic telescope

The £24M New Robotic Telescope to be situated on La Palma, Spain, will be 4x more sensitive than previous record-holder.

01 Sep 21
ESO guide star laser passes field testing

ESO's collaboration with Toptica and industrial partners on improved laser systems progresses.

26 Aug 21
PROSCOPE project aims for early-stage bowel cancer detection

Multimodal platform should allow cellular-level colon imaging in real-time.

23 Aug 21
Metal halide perovskite paired with silicon breaks solar cell efficiency limit

Oxford PV paper reports “record” 29.5% performance of tandem cells, which could rapidly scale up solar energy.

19 Aug 21
Leak-detecting quantum camera can cut oil and gas industry emissions

Development by Bristol-based QLM visualizes and measures quantity of methane lost through leaks from a great distance.

19 Aug 21
NIF takes further stride towards fusion ignition

Yield over 1.3 megajoules said to put researchers at the threshold of new experimental regime.

17 Aug 21
NSF funding helps ZEUS laser prepare to power up

Award of $18 million will support proposed studies of extreme plasmas.

16 Aug 21
German group achieves quantum-secured video conference by Federal agencies

Fraunhofers and partners report that exchange was securely encrypted by means of light quanta.

13 Aug 21
Optics community reconnects at SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego

First major in-person optics event since early 2020 offered multiple networking opportunities, lively exhibition, and more than 2,100 presentations.

12 Aug 21
ESA prepares third Sentinel-2 satellite, set for launch in 2024

To take over from earlier Sentinel, supplying images for applications ranging from monitoring decline of Earth’s ice to food security.

05 Aug 21
SPIE Optics + Photonics 2021: ESA sets out Voyage 2050 agenda

Martin Linder of ESA outlines the topics selected as future mission themes.

03 Aug 21
ESA readies cameras on two probes set for double Venus flyby

Solar Orbiter and BepiColombo will capture different views skimming planet, en route to Mercury and the Sun.

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