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27 Mar 13
‘Non-lethal’ lasers not always as specified

Growing use – by friend and foe – of lasers as weapons in civil unrest and war zones; many lasers labeled “low power” present greater dangers, DES 2013 conference hears.

21 Mar 13
NIST: 90% of green laser pointers flout safety regulations

First precision measurements on large sample of pointers shows “unacceptable” light levels.

20 Mar 13
Optogenetics developers win €1m brain research prize

Breakthrough European-US technique is enabling greater understanding of neurological diseases and processes.

04 Mar 13
UK makes £88M telescope commitment

Government confirms previous ‘ad referendum’ commitment to building the world’s largest optical telescope.

28 Feb 13
European Investment Bank signs MoU on enabling technologies

Set of six ‘Key Enabling Technologies’ – which includes photonics – should be a priority investment area, says the bank.

26 Feb 13
'Green photonics' report calls for policy interventions

Analysis of five application areas recommends financial support for technology commercialization and revised incentive schemes in PV and lighting.

20 Feb 13
Optical sensing creates wildfire warning system

European "Firesense" project saves cultural heritage - and lives.

20 Feb 13
Attosecond pioneers win $200,000 King Faisal prize

Canadian and Hungarian-Austrian physicists recognized – will face red carpet treatment in Saudi Arabia in March.

11 Feb 13
VISION 2013 show scrapped

Annual machine vision and imaging event held for past 25 years moves to biennial cycle following exhibitor vote.

03 Feb 13
Attosecond pioneer Anne L’Huillier wins Carl Zeiss Research Award

Swedish-French scientist at Lund University honored for key advances towards a better understanding of molecular and atomic processes.

30 Jan 13
Europe nails colors to graphene mast

European Commission follows UK with generous funding to develop the “wonder material”.

16 Jan 13
President praises Amplitude’s innovation

French femtosecond laser developer recognized by François Hollande.

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