'X-ray specs' for visible light

Researchers from the Netherlands and Italy have succeeded in making sharp pictures of objects hidden behind an opaque screen.

Nobel physics prize awarded for quantum particle work

Groundbreaking work in quantum optics has netted France's Serge Haroche and American David Wineland this year's Nobel physics prize.

Plasmonics used to create cloaking device

Stanford University engineers have created a device that can detect light while itself remaining invisible.

New material promises faster internet

Arizona State University researchers have created a new material that they say can be used to develop next-generation computers, improve the internet, increase the efficiency of silicon-based photovoltaic cells and improve solid-state lighting and sensor technology.

Team produces weird optical phenomena - and rewrites the rules of refraction

Researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have induced light rays to behave in a way that defies the laws of reflection and refraction, while producing some weird fun-house images on the way.

World's most powerful microscope starts work

The world’s most powerful microscope is now peering away at tiny things at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Video camera promises perfect focus everywhere

A new video camera is under development that's claimed to be able to focus on both near-field and distant objects simultaneously.