New technique promises less expensive, quickly-made optical fibers

Optical fibers are already used in many fields, but they would have even more applications if they could be manufactured faster and cheaper. An experimental new process is claimed to deliver on both counts, and it utilizes mostly existing technologies…. Continue reading New technique promises less expensive, quickly-made optical fibers

New technique promises less expensive, quickly-made optical fibers

Optical fibers are already used in many fields, but they would have even more applications if they could be manufactured faster and cheaper. An experimental new process is claimed to deliver on both counts, and it utilizes mostly existing technologies…. Continue reading New technique promises less expensive, quickly-made optical fibers

Internet speed record shattered at 178 terabits per second

The fastest internet speed in the world has been clocked at an incredible 178 terabits per second (Tb/s) – fast enough to download the entire Netflix library in under a second. Engineers in the UK and Japan have developed new ways to modulate light bef… Continue reading Internet speed record shattered at 178 terabits per second

World’s smallest imaging device can 3D-scan inside your blood vessels

An Australian/German team has developed the world’s smallest imaging device, at the thickness of a human hair. It’s capable of traveling down the blood vessels of mice, offering unprecedented abilities to 3D-scan the body at microscopic resolutions.Con… Continue reading World’s smallest imaging device can 3D-scan inside your blood vessels

World’s smallest micro-gripper is activated by light

A color-enhanced scanning electron microscope image of the micro-gripper (bottom right), with the head of a Formica polyctena ant added for scale

Some of the most useful tools are the ones that allow you to grab something. However, what if that “something” is very, very small? Well, that’s where a new light-activated micro-gripper could come in – it’s said to be the world’s smallest.

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Fiber Optic Ceiling Pumps to the Beat

For years [Centas] dream was to take the stars to his home and build a fiber optic ceiling. Even though there are many fiber optic star ceiling kits commercially available, we are glad he decided to go full DIY on this project as the result is simply astonishing.

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Experimental photonic chip clocks crazy 44-Terabit internet speed

An Australian research team has recorded the fastest ever internet speed from a single light source – an absolutely astounding 44.2 Terabits per second. That’s more than 44,000 times faster than the highest speed connection available to consumers today… Continue reading Experimental photonic chip clocks crazy 44-Terabit internet speed

Onboard rotor blade-monitoring system gets put to the test

Helicopters regularly have to get their rotor blades inspected, so they can be replaced if they’re wearing out. Utilizing the BladeSense system, however, the aircraft would be able to self-monitor the condition of their blades in real time, while in fl… Continue reading Onboard rotor blade-monitoring system gets put to the test

Fiber optic tech could save date palms from infestations

Responsible for millions of dollars in crop losses annually, the red palm weevil is a flying beetle that lays its eggs inside date palm trees. It could soon be possible to detect such infestations earlier than ever, using fiber optic cables.Continue Re… Continue reading Fiber optic tech could save date palms from infestations