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'Nanoballoons' better target cancer cells

Researchers are developing a better drug delivery method by encapsulating the drugs in nanoballoons—tiny modified liposomes that, upon being struck by a red laser, pop open and deliver concentrated doses of medicine.


Future cytometry: Going with—or without—the flow

Recent advances in optics and electronics could make cytometric technology highly affordable and broadly applicable within the next few years.


High-confidence, high-throughput screening with high-def IR microspectroscopy

High-definition infrared (IR) microspectroscopic imaging in a desktop system enables high-throughput cell and tissue screening for clinical diagnostics and drug discovery.


Getting started with spectral imaging

Many consider spectral imaging—which reveals both the chemical signature and the spatial structure of specimens—to be the next essential research tool.

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New optogenetic switch able to turn neural activity on and off

04/24/2014 Howard Hughes Medical Institute scientists have used an analysis of channelrhodopsin’s molecular structure to guide a series of genetic mutations to the ion ...
Baked-droplet polymer lenses and 3D printing could lead to disposable medical instrumentation

Baked-droplet polymer lenses and 3D printing could lead to disposable medical instrumentation

04/24/2014 A team of Australian researchers has come up with a way of fabricating good-quality lenses that will cost less than a penny apiece; these "too-cheap-to-...

Optical device uses adaptive optics to detect diabetic retinopathy early

04/23/2014 A team of researchers at Indiana University (IU) has developed an optical device that can detect early warning signs of diabetic retinopathy, which is the po...
Cold-cathode field-emission VUV lamp is cool and compact

Cold-cathode field-emission VUV lamp is cool and compact

04/23/2014 A team of Japanese and Malaysian researchers has developed a small vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV)-emitting lamp that combines a carbon-nanofiber (CNF) cold cathode...

Nanoparticle with luminescent properties has use in photodynamic therapy

04/22/2014 A University of Texas at Arlington physicist working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection may have instead hap...

Fluorescence microscopy method enables rapid, whole-brain imaging with single-cell resolution

04/21/2014 Researchers at the RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center have developed a new high-throughput method that offers unprecedented rapid, whole-brain imaging at sing...

Strategies Unlimited celebrates 35 years of photonics market research

04/17/2014 Photonics industry market analysis firm Strategies Unlimited proudly celebrates 35 years of service producing multi-client market research reports on photoni...


Technical Digests

Low-cost, high-power innovations in light microscopy

Advances in light microscopy have enabled life scientists to make remarkable progress. The technologies behind these impro...

Deep Tissue Imaging with Two-photon Microscopy

A limitation of optical approaches to bioimaging is depth. But multiphoton approaches enable biomedical investigators to l...

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Getting point-of-care devices into the doctor’s office

04/09/2014 So, you've got a great idea for an optical point-of-care (POC) device. You've assembled smart engineers to produce it. But...

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