Vision-Sciences, Inc., announced today that it has purchased the assets of BEST Dysphagia Management Services, Inc, a Florida-based speech pathology company which specializes in providing the Bedside Endoscopic Swallowing Test to nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and assisted living settings.
Researchers at the University of Maryland have developed a cloaking device which can now hide objects in a much wider portion of the visible spectrum of light. An observer could even see what's behind the object, just as if the obstruction wasn't there. While not quite up to Romulan standards, the application does work in two dimensions and on very small objects.
Spire Corporation today announced that it has received a two-year, $998,514 Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) to develop highly reliable, high power cryogenic red diode lasers.
Casix, a Fabrinet company and manufacturer of high quality crystal and precision optics products, announced today that it has doubled production capacity for its high grade Nd: YVO4 and YVO4 crystals. These crystals are particularly useful in laser and telecom applications as the crystals feature low lasing wavelength absorption and high conversion efficiency.
Exar Corporation entered the industrial and architectural lighting market today with the release of a high-voltage step-down DC/DC controller, the SP7601. This LED driver delivers an input voltage range up to 30V in an industry-first, small 6-pin TSOT (2.9x2.8mm) package. This highly-integrated device is capable of supporting 24 Voltage Direct Current (VDC) and 12VDC rails most commonly found in architectural and general LED lighting systems.
Crystal IS, Inc. of Green Island, NY has announced that it has won a $2M award from NIST's Advanced Technology Program (ATP) for the development of high performance deep ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diodes (LEDs) based on its low defect aluminum nitride (AlN) substrates. This award follows the recent successful completion of a previous ATP award to Crystal IS in 2004 for the development of 2-inch high quality AlN substrates.
Bayer AG said the VEGF Trap-Eye injection it is developing with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc helped fight wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD), one of the main causes of blindness in adults, in a phase II study.
Micrel Inc., , an industry leader in analog, high bandwidth communications and Ethernet IC solutions, today launched the MIC2299, the industry's smallest and most powerful LED driver for portable applications. This high-efficiency boost DC-to-DC converter features an integrated 3.5A guaranteed switch current and delivers a net output power of 7-12W -- from a tiny 3mm x 3mm MLF(R) package.
Here's your mission, should you choose to accept it: Look up in the sky after dark and count the stars you see.
Laser scanners that enable 3D inspection of car components could shave ten weeks off the time taken to roll out new automotive production lines.
A highly efficient quantum cascade laser (QCL) that operates continuous wave (CW) at room temperature could provide a compact, portable and cost-efficient source of mid-infrared radiation, say researchers in the US. Their QCL emits at 4.5 microns, has a wall plug efficiency of over 9.3% and a CW output power of 675mW. Wall plug efficiencies greater than 18% are also reported for devices at a temperature of 150K, with CW output powers of more than 1W.
A reflective flat-panel display that exhibits color tuning across the entire visible spectrum could be a valuable power saver.
Bacterial viruses can be made inactivate by a low-power visible femtosecond pulse, opening up new strategies for controlling micro-organisms.
NASA has made a decision to restart an astronomy mission that will have greater capability than any existing instrument for detecting black holes in the local universe.
It's like a scene from a James Bond movie. In a room with gleaming steel walls, double doors slide open to reveal a doughnut-shaped machine large enough to engulf a person. People start backing away. The machine advances smoothly on ceiling tracks until it starts to swallow the top half of the young woman lying prone on the operating table.