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A phone with the ultimate macro feature

If you thought scanning one of those strange, square QR codes with your phone was somewhat advanced, hold on to your seat. Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have recently developed ...

dateApr 29, 2015 in Analytical Chemistry
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The trillion-frame-per-second camera

When a crystal lattice is excited by a laser pulse, waves of jostling atoms can travel through the material at close to one sixth the speed of light, or approximately 28,000 miles/second. Scientists now have ...

dateApr 29, 2015 in Optics & Photonics
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Ever tried a 'laser delicious' apple?

The ability to detect when to harvest "climacteric" fruits—such as apples, bananas, pears and tomatoes—at the precise moment to ensure "peak edibleness" in terms of both taste and texture may soon be ...

dateDec 03, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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Giving LEDs a cozy, warm glow

When the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded this October to three Japanese-born scientists for the invention of blue light emitting diodes (LEDs), the prize committee declared LED lamps would light the ...

dateNov 19, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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