Gamma-Ray Bursts Are More Common on Earth Than We Thought

Gamma ray bursts—powerful burst of electromagnetic radiation—are more common on Earth than previously realized. Scientists have discovered that they're generated as many as 1,100 times a day in the storms that occur on the surface of our planet. » 12/18/14 5:15am 12/18/14 5:15am

We Have No Idea Where One-Third of Space's Gamma Rays Originate From

Fermi's Large Area Telescope has detected 1873 gamma rays out in space. Most come from objects such as pulsars or blazars. But for 600 of those rays, scientists have no idea where they're coming from. » 10/18/11 10:04am 10/18/11 10:04am

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…

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