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European photonics to create 1 million jobs by 2030

European photonics to create 1 million jobs by 2030
Instant diagnosis of major diseases, the eradication of all road accidents, and the creation of 1 million new jobs are some of the benefits that will be generated by the Photonics sector by 2030 according to a new vision paper published by Photonics21. The vision paper ‘Europe’s Age of Light’ sets out a new strategy for the future of European photonics highlighting what could be achieved if this technology is maintained by the EU as a key funding priority in FP9.
9th February 2018

Laser scanner ensures you'll never eat toxic fries again

Laser scanner ensures you'll never eat toxic fries again
Amid growing concern about the discovery of cancer-causing chemicals in crisps and French fries, a young scientist has developed a new laser system that scans peeled potatoes in the factory to detect toxic compounds and prevent them from reaching the consumer. Earlier this year, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued warnings about eating over-fried potatoes, burnt toast and crisps that can contain cancer-causing chemicals such as acrylamide, deeming them a serious health threat to billions of consumers.
2nd May 2017

High resolution detectors to create safer X-ray diagnosis

High resolution detectors to create safer X-ray diagnosis
With over 22 million X-rays being recorded in the NHS in England last year, they are a diagnostic test that most of us are familiar with. Scientists have often sought to reduce harmful ionising radiation, the high-energy particles that penetrate tissue to reveal internal organs and bone structures that can damage DNA, from single x-ray records or CT scans. Although this ionising radiation can be reduced, traditionally it has come at the expense of the image resolution and type of detector.
4th November 2016


Camera that sees invisible danger to make land, sea and air safer

Camera that sees invisible danger to make land, sea and air safer
A group of European scientists are developing a surveillance camera harnessing new photonics technology that will dramatically reduce coastal rescue times in low visibility conditions, target Greenhouse gasses and keep us safer on the Underground. The camera, measuring the size of a shoebox, uses Multi Spectral Imaging, a process that captures the same image at different frequencies from the electromagnetic spectrum.
9th September 2016

Compact microscope can reduce blood poisoning deaths

Compact microscope can reduce blood poisoning deaths
Dubbed the ‘silent killer’, and more commonly known as ‘blood poisoning’, Sepsis is a whole-body inflammatory reaction that kills over 20,000 people per day worldwide, striking regardless of age, gender or fitness and killing more people than prostate cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS combined. It is estimated that 44,000 people die every year from Sepsis in the UK alone.
22nd August 2016

Real-time bomb scanner could revolutionise airport security

Real-time bomb scanner could revolutionise airport security
European scientists have created a real-time, hand-held chemical sensor with stand-off detection capabilities that will increase airport safety, reduce car emissions and combat unnecessary food wastage. The device can scan from a distance of up to 30m and is capable of instantaneous, real-time, unambiguous detection. The device uses spectroscopic sensors, that read the unique frequencies, or ‘signatures’ given off when liquids or gasses interact with light.
21st July 2016


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