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23 Oct 18
BepiColombo launch fires laser altimeter towards Mercury

Big-budget European Space Agency mission due to arrive at planetary destination in 2025.

17 Oct 18
Berthold Leibinger 1930-2018

Industrial laser pioneer and Trumpf leader dies at the age of 87.

16 Oct 18
Optical illusion can cut birdstrikes on airplanes

French development based on avian perception can both save rare birds and minimize fatal accidents.

05 Oct 18
SPIE encouraging proposals to update US export list

Outdated terminology, figures of merit and more to be updated in multi-year process; closing date for proposals is October 31.

03 Oct 18
White House outlines quantum plan

Office of Science and Technology Policy report calls for grand challenges and establishment of a 'quantum consortium' with industry participation.

02 Oct 18
Laser trio share 2018 physics Nobel

Arthur Ashkin wins half-share for early work on optical trapping; chirped-pulse amplification pioneers Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland each awarded quarter-share.

01 Oct 18
Photonics21 announces 2018 BoS election

Process for choosing up to 39 new association Board members will run from October 22 through November 5.

27 Sep 18
Ireland joins European Southern Observatory

After centuries of astronomical endeavors, Ireland is set to become 16th member state of ESO.

24 Sep 18
Fiber-optics pioneer Charles Kao 1933-2018

Shanghai-born scientist shared physics Nobel in 2009 for groundbreaking work on low-loss fibers needed for practical long-distance communications.

17 Sep 18
Bipartisan bill 'saves' Rochester laser lab

Laboratory for Laser Energetics previously threatened by budget cuts now set for record $80 million funding.

13 Sep 18
£80m funding to boost UK quantum technology programs

Funding intended to help progress this photonics-led technology but quantum researchers seeking £250m more.

10 Sep 18
Growing US-China trade war impacts optics and photonics technologies

The US Trade Representative has announced a process for US companies to request permission to continue importing targeted items on a duty-free basis.

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