World Bulletin / News Desk
A Turkish scientist has been named one the world's “Brilliant 10” scientists in 2012 by Popular Science, a US magazine covering the latest developments in science and technology.
Professor Aydoğan Özcan (32), an associate professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), was included in the annual list, which Popular Science calls “a celebration of young researchers whose innovations will change the world,” for his invention that turns smartphones into microscopes to conduct blood tests and other medical diagnostics.
Özcan has also developed a Google Maps interface to geographically plot test results obtained by his cell phone microscopes, an advance that could be used to track the spread of various infectious diseases around the globe, the magazine said in its press statement.
Costing $10, the device can be connected to smartphones and eliminates the need for expensive devices and long diagnostic processes. Instead, diseases can be detected anywhere in a short period of time and at less cost and results can be easily uploaded into databases of medical centers. This accelerates the diagnostic process.
Özcan and his research group won The Scientist's Top Innovation of 2011. Özcan and his group were recognized by The Scientist magazine for their project, Lenseless, Ultra-wide-field Cell monitoring Array platform based on Shadowimaging (LUCAS). LUCAS, hailed as "an exciting new technology that showcases ingenuity away from preconceived ideas," is a microscope with cell phone connectivity, and costs less than $10, making scientific research and cutting-edge health technology more accessible to all members of the global community, the newsroom of the university stated.
UCLA's Newsroom noted that Özcan, who joined UCLA's faculty in 2007, has received several distinguished honors for his research, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Early Career Achievement awards from the SPIE and the IEEE Photonics Society, Investigator awards from the Army Research Office and the Office of Naval Research, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer Award, and a National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award.
Zeybekci says both countries have opportunities to maintain cooperation in tourism, health, informatics, movie and education sectors
Turkish PM Erdogan and Parliament Speaker Cicek share messages of peace and goodwill with Turkey's Christian Community.
Two reported injured in Turkey's district of Hatay, 100 meters close to the Syrian border, by mortar shells fired from Syria.
The vessel was apparently heading towards the Marmara Sea, but no information has been acquired as to its final destination.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says Turkey's domestic industry to gain US$16 billion dollars from two nuclear projects
PM says presidential August 10 polls are no longer controversial after Turkish people voted to choose president.
The group was kidnapped in the war-ridden country in June but released and entered Turkey earlier on Saturday
Sub-sea tunnel will connect Asian and European sides of the Bosphorus Strait, enabling a 15-minute crossing.
Social media company withholds accounts accused of violating personal rights and privacy days after meeting with Turkish authorities.
Emrullah Isler announces greater assistance to Albanian orphans in future and help to restore Ethem Bey mosque.
Babacan says both domestic and international perception problems need to be solved before turning into confidence problems
Turks will go to polls on August 10 to choose their new president. If no candidate receives the required 51 percent of the votes in the first round, a run-off will be held Aug. 24.
The shadowy network gained 5.5 million euros and 2.3 million dollars from illegal border crossing operations in the last four months
An unknown group rescued the journalist who had been held for 10 months by the ISIL rebel group in Syria, before brining them to Turkey.
Izmir municipal mayoral candidate for People's Democratic Party is among those arrested in the western Turkish province.
The trial on the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007 resumed in a different court in Istanbul after the first closed under a new law.