SLAC’s National Accelerator Laboratory is already home to the world’s brightest X-ray laser—but it’s getting an upgrade. The $1 billion project will see the device become 10,000 times brighter and 8,000 times faster.
Humans have long dreamed of discovering intelligent life beyond Earth. But truth is, we have no way of knowing if an alien civilization would be friendly or hostile. Should we have the rotten luck of discovering the Borg, we’ll need to get our collective asses into hiding quickly—and a team of astronomers thinks they…
Researchers have developed a laser that spots illness-inducing bacteria before it makes you sick.
A certain medical dye will stick together when hit by a laser, effectively suturing a wound without the need for staples or traditional sutures. But the dye will only penetrate as deep as the light does, so this method only works on superficial wounds. The solution is a biological wave guide to direct the light deeper…
Do not adjust your monitor. This is a perfectly normal forest, but it happens to be the view that’s seen through the eyes of a 3D laser scanning system developed by a company called Treemetrics.
What’s the most powerful weapon in the sci-fi universe? How does a lightsaber in Star Wars compare to the energy sword of Halo? What about a Death Star vs Dr. Who’s reality bomb? And how do they match up with a real life nuclear bomb? Foundation Digital made this infographic for Fat Wallet detailing the top sci-fi…
iPin was the first company to use the iPhone’s headphone jack as an accessory port for a compact laser pointer. And not to diminish the fun you can have with a laser, but the company’s latest product is considerably more useful since it turns your smartphone into a full-on laser measure.
How can a person see around a blind corner? One answer is to develop X-ray vision. A more mundane approach is to use a mirror. But if neither are an option, a group of scientists led by Genevieve Gariepy have developed a state-of-the-art detector which, with some clever data processing techniques, can turn walls and…
There’s probably a good reason—involving lawsuits and lawyers—why toymakers don’t include working superlasers on their Death Star playsets. But since Patrick Priebe doesn’t plan on selling his Death Star replica to the public, he had no qualms about including a terrifying 84-watt laser.
When you use a laser to cook bacon, you might not get the same invigorating, impossible to resist smell you do when you fry it but you do score some awesome points for using a freaking laser to cook bacon. Munchies went to Japan to see how laser cooking a bacon strip is done: it requires laser cutting tech and…
Point a laser at someone’s skin and they’ll react in fear, assuming it’s going to burn. But researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a way to make a laser that cools, instead, successfully lowering the temperature of water by about 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lasers are the future of warfare. So it might come as a surprise to many Americans that the US military first used a laser to shoot a drone out of the sky as early as 1973.
The mineral veins that crisscross through the rock around this ridge tell an important story about Mars’ ancient past. So of course the Curiosity rover shot them with a laser.
Everybody knows not to shine laser pointers in your eye. They could damage your vision! (Emphasis on could, since your eye’s blink reflex would probably protect your retina.) But what if you were an evil villain determined to make a death ray? How many laser pointers would it take to create a deadly weapon?
Scientists at SLAC decided it was time to upgrade some of their kit, and the result is the laboratory’s most powerful laser system ever. The device will create temperatures up to millions of degrees and pressures approaching 2 trillion pounds per square inch.
The offers began arriving by email in January: a chance at clearer vision for the special price of US$299 per eye. Over the next four months, I received 20 ads from the same company – each offering the same deal for the “safe, FDA approved” surgery.
A team of Japanese scientists has developed a new laser which has the shortest wavelengths ever recorded. The advance could help see microscopic objects like molecules with more clarity than ever.
Lasers have been advancing science and threatening move characters since the 1960s, but you may have noticed they always have a distinct color. Now, a team of scientists has developed the world’s first white laser.
Take cover: scientists from Osaka University have begun using the world’s most powerful laser, that pumps out 2 quadrillion watts. That’s 2,000,000,000,000,000 watts.
How about this for a bright idea: A team of researchers from Harvard Medical School has developed three different ways to turn individual cells into functioning lasers that emit light when they’re excited.