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OU researchers develop novel, non-invasive cancer therapy
A staggering 1.7 million persons in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer in 2016, with 600,000 cases ending in death. University of Oklahoma researchers have collaborated to design a novel, non-invasive cancer therapy that could eliminate tumors without affecting the healthy cells in the body. (2016-10-17)

NASA spots newly developed Tropical Depression 24W, east of Philippines
NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the northwestern Pacific Ocean as Tropical Depression 24W formed and analyzed the storm in infrared light. (2016-10-12)

New infrared technique aims to remotely detect dangerous materials
Study introduces a new method to detect and describe potentially dangerous materials from a distance. The approach directly separates the incoming signals to provide the material's unique signature for each pixel of the image. The resulting information is more akin to measuring the material with a spectrometer in a lab. (2014-03-20)

Professor Nanfang Yu wins DARPA Young Faculty Award for optoelectronics research
Columbia Engineering applied physics professor Nanfang Yu has won the prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award, which will support his work on metasurface-based flat optical modulators, using strong interactions between light and 2-D-structured materials to control light at will. Yu hopes to demonstrate spatial light modulators -- high-speed and lightweight optoelectronic devices -- that are crucial for light detection and ranging, technology useful for a wide range of applications, including remote sensing, navigation, and surveillance. (2015-10-05)

NASA sees Tropical Depression Noru fading over Japan
NASA Infrared imagery showed warming cloud top temperatures in Tropical Depression Noru as it continued weakening over Japan. (2017-08-08)

Cookie cutter in the sky
After culling the literature for observed black holes, McKernan and colleagues looked at 245 active galactic nuclei to characterize the shape of material swirling around them. The result: active galactic nuclei look like donuts, funneling from a dark center. This observation should constrain theories about how the material around black holes is produced and eventually allow scientists to study black holes themselves. (2008-12-16)

NASA gets infrared look at Tropical Depression 21W
NASA's Aqua satellite measured cloud top temperatures in newly formed Tropical Depression 21W in the South China Sea and found a large area of strong thunderstorms around the center of circulation. (2017-09-12)

NASA satellite temperatures reveal a stronger Hurricane Lee
NASA's Aqua satellite peered into Hurricane Lee with infrared light to determine if the storm was intensifying. Infrared data showed cloud top temperatures were getting colder, indicating stronger storms. (2017-09-26)

NASA finds Tropical Cyclone Fakir weakening
Infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite revealed that Tropical Cyclone Fakir was getting weaker as it moved through the Southern Indian Ocean. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued their final bulletin on the system. (2018-04-25)

Stellar heavy metals can trace history of galaxies
Astronomers have cataloged signs of nine heavy metals in the infrared light from supergiant and giant stars. New observations based on this catalog will help researchers to understand how events like binary neutron star mergers have affected the chemical composition and evolution of our own Milky Way galaxy and other galaxies. (2020-01-09)

NASA eyes Tropical Storm Nalgae negotiating wind shear
Infrared imagery from NASA looked at cloud top temperatures in Tropical Storm Nalgae and revealed that wind shear was still affecting the storm. (2017-08-03)

NASA finds strongest storms in newly formed Tropical Cyclone 13P
Infrared satellite data showed Tropical Cyclone 13P quickly developed powerful storms with very cold cloud top temperatures. NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed the system in infrared light to determine where its strongest storms were located. (2018-03-12)

Andromeda's once and future stars
Two ESA observatories have combined forces to show the Andromeda Galaxy in a new light. Herschel sees rings of star formation in this, the most detailed image of the Andromeda Galaxy ever taken at infrared wavelengths, and XMM-Newton shows dying stars shining X-rays into space. (2011-01-05)

New generation of infrared sensors
University of Illinois at Chicago Microphysics Laboratory receives $3.9 million in DoD (MURI) grants and NASA contracts for additional research into semiconductor mercury cadmium telluride. Possible application: new generation of infrared sensors. (2001-03-06)

Detecting pollution with a compact laser source
Researchers at EPFL have developed a simple mid-infrared laser source that can be used to detect pollution in the air or molecules in someone's breath. Their system takes up considerably less space than the large ones typically used for such tasks. (2019-04-04)

NASA infrared imagery shows wind shear blowing Cyclone 14P apart
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone 14P gathering data in infrared light and observed that westerly wind shear pushed the strongest storms east of the center. The strong winds were shearing the storm apart. (2017-04-06)

Novel NIST spectroscopic method can detect terrorist threats
A new technique using far-infrared (terahertz) radiation demonstrated by NIST and SPARTA Inc. has potential applications for rapidly identifying explosives and other threat materials inside sealed paper or plastic containers. (2003-05-28)

Gold nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery
Using tiny gold particles and infrared light, MIT researchers have developed a drug-delivery system that allows multiple drugs to be released in a controlled fashion. (2008-12-30)

Measurement of 'hot' electrons could have solar energy payoff
Basic scientific curiosity paid off in unexpected ways when Rice University researchers investigating the fundamental physics of nanomaterials discovered a new technology that could dramatically improve solar energy panels. The findings appear this week in the journal Science. (2011-05-05)

Restoring vision by gene therapy
Latest scientific findings give hope for people with incurable retinal degeneration. (2020-06-04)

Efficient generation of relativistic near-single-cycle mid-infrared pulses in plasmas
Intense few-cycle optical pulses in the mid-infrared region are of great importance yet difficult to obtain with normal optical materials and techniques. To deal with this challenge, scientists in China and the UK proposed a scheme by use of plasma as a nonlinear optical medium, which can efficiently generate relativistic multi-millijoule near-single-cycle mid-infrared pulses at ~5 microns. This technique can be realized with available terawatt-class kHz lasers, bringing new opportunities in high-field and ultrafast science. (2020-05-25)

$1.3 million DARPA grant to fund next-gen infrared detector research
DARPA has awarded a $1.3 million grant to the University of Central Florida to develop a next-generation infrared detector that could be used in fields as varied as night vision, meteorology and space exploration. It would be portable, wouldn't need to be cooled and produce high-resolution images. Unlike current technologies, which can detect only one band of light, it would be tunable and able to see a range of bands. (2016-06-07)

NASA casts an infrared eye on Tropical Storm Irwin
Infrared imagery from NASA looked at cloud top temperatures in Tropical Storm Irwin and found the strongest storms in the system were west of its low-level center. (2017-07-27)

Going beyond the surface
The new tech involves using near-infrared beams of light that, upon penetrating deep into the body, are converted into visible light that activates the drug and destroys the tumor. (2014-05-15)

Quantum physics enables revolutionary imaging method
Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology, and the University of Vienna have developed a fundamentally new quantum imaging technique with strikingly counter-intuitive features. For the first time, an image has been obtained without ever detecting the light that was used to illuminate the imaged object, while the light revealing the image never touches the imaged object. (2014-08-28)

Researchers discover new chemical sensing technique
Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a new technique to determine the chemical composition of materials using near-infrared light. The work could have a number of potential applications, including improving downhole drilling analysis in the oil and gas industry and broadening the spectrum of solar light that can be harvested and converted to electricity. (2016-06-22)

NRL scientists demonstrate infrared light modulation with graphene
Since its discovery, graphene has generated considerable interest. Researchers at NRL investigate the possibility for new optical devices using graphene for communications, and image and signal processing. (2013-12-05)

Wind shear wipes out Tropical Cyclone Elida
Strong northwesterly wind shear took its toll on Tropical Storm Elida, weakening it to a remnant low early on July 2. (2014-07-02)

Scientists discover novel process to convert visible light into infrared light
Columbia and Harvard scientists have developed a novel chemical process to convert infrared energy into visible light, allowing innocuous radiation to penetrate living tissue and other materials without the damage caused by high-intensity light exposure. The discovery could advance numerous fields, including clinical applications for photodynamic therapy and drug development. (2019-01-16)

Saturn's rings viewed in the mid-infrared show bright Cassini Division
Researchers has succeeded in measuring the brightnesses and temperatures of Saturn's rings using the mid-infrared images taken by the Subaru Telescope in 2008. They reveal that, at that time, the Cassini Division and the C ring were brighter than the other rings in the mid-infrared light and that the brightness contrast appeared to be the inverse of that seen in the visible light. The data give important insights into the nature of Saturn's rings. (2017-02-23)

NASA catches Tropical Cyclone Pola near Fiji
Tropical Cyclone Pola was passing near the Southern Pacific country of Fiji when NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed the storm in infrared light and found it strengthening. (2019-02-27)

NASA sees development of Tropical Depression 19W
NASA's Aqua satellite looked at cloud top temperatures in Tropical Depression 19W as it developed just north of northern coast of Luzon, Philippines. Satellite imagery showed that the depression was already battling wind shear. (2017-09-05)

NASA finds wind shear affecting Tropical Cyclone Flamboyan
Flamboyan, the 21st tropical cyclone of the Southern Indian Ocean season, formed over the weekend of April 28 and 29. Wind shear is expected to weaken Flamboyan over the next several days. (2018-04-30)

NASA checks out Hurricane Sergio's cloud temperature
NASA's Aqua satellite peered into Hurricane Sergio with infrared light to determine if the storm was intensifying or weakening. Infrared data showed cloud top temperatures were getting warmer on the western half of the storm, indicating the uplift of air in storms had weakened. (2018-10-09)

NASA observes another tropical depression birth in northwestern Pacific
The twenty-first tropical depression of the northwestern Pacific Ocean was born as a NASA satellite flew overhead on Oct. 1, capturing its (2012-10-01)

New invisibility cloak hides objects from human view
For the first time, scientists have devised an invisibility cloak material that hides objects from detection using light that is visible to humans. The new device is a leap forward in cloaking materials, according to a report in the ACS journal Nano Letters. (2011-07-27)

NASA puts Tropical Storm Dorian in the infrared spotlight
The newest tropical storm to form in the Atlantic was put in NASA's (2013-07-25)

Penn engineers' nanoantennas improve infrared sensing
A team of University of Pennsylvania engineers has used a pattern of nanoantennas to develop a new way of turning infrared light into mechanical action, opening the door to more sensitive infrared cameras and more compact chemical-analysis techniques. (2013-05-20)

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite sees Tropical Depression 14E disorganized
Tropical Depression 14E was born in the Eastern Pacific Ocean early on Sept. 1 when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and looked at it in infrared light. (2015-09-01)

UCF researchers work to create infrared detectors for viper-like night vision
Much like some snakes use infrared to 'see' at night, University of Central Florida researchers are working to create similar viper vision to improve the sensitivity of night-vision cameras. (2019-10-23)

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