This Shower of Gamma Rays Is from a Flaring Blazar 5 Billion Years Ago

Five billion years ago, a blazar abruptly flared, triggered an intense rain of gamma rays. Racing across the universe for millennia, they finally slammed into NASA’s Fermi satellite over several days this June, setting a new record for the most luminous high-energy object we’ve ever seen. » 7/12/15 1:40pm 7/12/15 1:40pm

Lacoste Targeting System Doesn't Use Lenses, Polo Shirts

Defense company Qinetiq is working in a targeting system that won't use any optics whatsoever. Based on the technology used to capture gamma bursts in space, the Lacoste- Large Area Coverage Optical Search While Track and Engage-project will use multiple sensors arranged behind a randomly-punctured mask and signal… » 8/11/08 11:00am 8/11/08 11:00am

Snuggle Up to the Looming Nuclear Apocalypse with RST's Gamma Ray-Fighting "Miracle Material"

If Radiation Shield Technologies' Demron fabric pans out, maybe our dystopian, radiation-soaked future won't be so bad after all. At the very least, we'll be toasty-and fashionable too! RST says the fabric (available in full body suits, blankets, gloves and boots) protects against particle ionizing/nuclear radiation,… » 6/28/08 9:00pm 6/28/08 9:00pm

Kick-Ass Death Ray on the Way, Uses Antimatter

Those mad scientists are at it again. David Cassidy and Allen Mills, a couple of propellerheads at the University of California, Riverside are using the stuff of science fiction, antimatter, to create gamma ray lasers they say could be a million times more powerful than the lasers we're using to watch Blu-ray discs.… » 9/20/07 10:15am 9/20/07 10:15am