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Date:9/3/2014

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OPTICS Precision projectile tracker

Rifle optical sighting systems with a 19th century heritage could blast into modern times with a laser-based bullet tracking system being developed by a team led by Slobodan Rajic of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. As envisioned, the technology would employ a sight with an eye-safe laser that tracks the bullet as it travels at speeds approaching 1,000 meters per second, rotating 4,000 times per second on its path to the target. The system would provide crucial bullet point of impact information at a range of up to one mile and could be used to correct the aim-point for a second shot. This technology is based on low-cost components and would result in much higher probability of a successful second shot. This work was funded by ORNL's internal seed money program. [Contact: Ron Walli, (865) 576-0226; wallira@ornl.gov]

MEDICAL Needles in the eye

Surgeons treating the millions of people who suffer from a variety of eye conditions, including recurrent corneal erosions, have a new instrument its developers believe will result in better outcomes. Plexitome is a corneal instrument that acts as thousands of microscopic needles to imprint the patient's corneal tissue, allowing the tissue to heal more quickly and completely. The instrument, being commercialized by Nanophthalmics of Memphis, was designed by a team that includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Chuck Britton and Edward Chaum, an ophthalmologist and Plough Foundation professor at the Univers
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Contact: Ron Walli
wallira@ornl.gov
865-576-0226
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory
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