Researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) and San Diego (UCSD), have developed a rapid new sorting technique for sperm using a laser trap that can separate stronger, faster sperm from slower sperm. Faster sperm are more likely to successfully fertilize an egg, so the technique could improve the chances of conception via in vitro fertilization by ensuring that only the fastest, strongest sperm are used. The technique could find wide application in animal husbandry and human fertility treatments.
Airline pilots will have more advance warning of potentially hazardous atmospheric conditions – such as icing – using a new near-infrared Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) system developed by scientists at RL Associates in Chester, Pa. The system, now in a prototype testing phase, will also provide better images in foggy, rainy or extremely hazy conditions, making it easier for pilots to take off and land in those conditions, thereby potentially reducing flight delays.
Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) are developing a tiny camera for prosthetic systems that can be implanted directly into the human eye and connected to the retina, the part of the eye that converts visual information into electric signals that travel to the brain. Such an implantable camera would represent an important milestone in the ultimate goal of providing limited vision to those rendered blind by certain diseases, via a fully implantable retinal prosthetic device.
X-Rite, Incorporated a leading provider of color solutions for measuring, formulating, matching, and simulating color, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Pantone, Inc. for $180 million. The deal is expected to close in the fall of 2007.
Researchers in The Netherlands are developing a radar system that might one day see through solid earth and could be used to clear conflict zones of landmines, safely and at low cost. Writing in Inderscience's Journal of Design Research, the team explains how the new technology, with further industrial development, could eventually make vast tracts of land around the globe safe once more.
Research presented at the International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies (ICMAT 2007), Singapore by Ms Li Wei Tan, Dr Ross Hatton, Dr Anthony Miller and Professor Ravi Silva of the Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) at the University of Surrey has been awarded with the prestigious Best Poster Award in symposium R.
GigaBeam Corporation, deploying WiFiber "wireless fiber optics" technology to economic centers across the globe, announced today that it has received an order for three 100 megabit WiFiber links from Australia.
StockerYale, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of structured light lasers, LED modules and specialty optical fibers for industry leading OEMs, will present at the ROTH 2007 New York Conference.
NASA, in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES-R) Program, has awarded a contract to the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
GE Inspection Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire phoenix|x-ray, a leader in high-resolution computed tomography (CT) / X-ray technology used in non-destructive testing (NDT) applications. The transaction will be completed upon receipt of regulatory approvals. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Europe's flagship ground-based astronomical facility, the ESO VLT, has been equipped with a new 'eye' to study the Universe. Working in the near-infrared, the new instrument - dubbed HAWK-I - covers about 1/10th the area of the Full Moon in a single exposure. It is uniquely suited to the discovery and study of faint objects, such as distant galaxies or small stars and planets.
Scientists are researching new ways of harnessing the sun’s rays which could eventually make it cheaper for people to use solar energy to power their homes.
Applied Materials, Inc. today announced that it has completed the acquisition of HCT Shaping Systems SA (HCT), the world’s leading supplier of precision wafering systems for manufacturing crystalline silicon (c-Si) substrates for the solar industry. The acquisition expands Applied’s portfolio of solutions for helping solar customers reduce the costs of manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) cells to make solar energy more competitive with grid electricity.
Veeco Instruments Inc. has introduced a line of new production-scale PV-Series(TM) Thermal Deposition Sources, enabling copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film solar manufacturers to more quickly transition from pilot to full scale solar cell production. Veeco's new line of thermal deposition sources for CIGS includes PV-Series SUMO(R) (for copper, indium and gallium) and PV-Series Valved (for selenium and sulfur) for R & D and production environments.
Ionatron, Inc., the Laser Guided Energy (LGE) Company, today announced that they have received a $1,027,000 contract from the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, IN for development activities relating to Counter-IED technology.
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