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  • The Alan Parsons Project - "Eye In The Sky" 1982 (video)

    06/09/2016 11:08:36 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 44 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/9/2016 | Staff
  • Hawking backs interstellar travel project

    04/12/2016 2:00:15 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/16 | Pallab Ghosh
    Stephen Hawking is backing a project to send tiny spacecraft to another star system within a generation. They would travel trillions of miles; far further than any previous craft. A $100m (£70m) research programme to develop the computer chip-sized "starships" was launched by the billionaire Yuri Milner, supported by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Interstellar travel has long been a dream for many, but significant technological hurdles remain. But Prof Hawking told BBC News that fantasy could be realised sooner than we might think. Media captionThe spacecraft would be propelled from earth by a giant laser, as Pallab Ghosh reports "If...
  • 'Laser Cloak' Could Hide Earth from Evil Aliens

    04/01/2016 1:05:26 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies
    Space.com ^ | 3/31/16 | Sarah Lewin
    'Laser Cloak' Could Hide Earth from Evil Aliens A new paper describes how laser beams could disrupt measurements of Earth's orbit around the sun, potentially deceiving inquisitive aliens. Here, a 22W laser used for adaptive optics shines from the Very Large Telescope in Chile. Credit: ESO/G. Hüdepohl A simple laser beam could disrupt aliens' observations of Earth, making it look like there's nobody home on the third rock from the sun, a new study suggests. David Kipping, an astronomer at Columbia University in New York, said he first considered this idea when he heard about the strangely dimming star that...
  • NASA Relativistic Interstellar Laser Launcher: We could do it NOW, ...( NASA Climate Budget AMOUNT)

    03/28/2016 5:23:09 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | March 27, 2016 | Eric Worrall
    Figure 9 from “A Roadmap to Interstellar Flight”Guest essay by Eric WorrallAn American scientist has made a remarkable conceptual breakthrough, a design for a non nuclear relativistic launcher, capable of accelerating thousands of deep space probes per year to 0.25C; fast enough to reach the nearest stars in 15 years. The system is extremely scalable – you could start with a small, low cost proof of concept launcher, and work up to bigger devices, capable of launching substantial probes into interstellar space. The system also has a practical alternative use – the full size version is powerful enough to deflect...
  • ARMY PLANS TO HAVE LASER WEAPON BY 2023

    03/01/2016 8:20:23 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 17 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 29 Feb, 2016 | KELSEY D. ATHERTON
    The Pentagon kills language. Housing the brain and central coordinating organs of the most advanced military the world has ever known, the Depart of Defense headquarters can take an announcement as exciting as "the U.S. Army is working on laser guns" and distill it to, in the words of Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, "aligned to transition into a program of record in the fiscal 2023 timeframe." Make no mistake: bland phrasing aside, the Army is going to fund laser weapon development in the next decade. The remarks came last week as...
  • US Army will have laser weapons by 2023 as research bosses say killer technology is 'very close'

    03/01/2016 10:23:21 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 18:45 EST, 29 February 2016 | By Mark Prigg
    The US Army is planning to deploy the first laser weapons in 2023, it has been revealed. Mary J. Miller, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Research and Technology, told the House Armed Services Committee's Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities 'I believe we're very close,' when asked how close the Army is to developing offensive and defensive directed-energy weapons. She said the programmes would be extensively tested as the Army wants to understand the lasers' full capabilities 'before we offer it to a Soldier.' 'It's being done in a 'step-wise demonstration of capability,' she said. 'We have to...
  • Intrepid Scientists Turn a Laser Cutter Into a Super Cheap 3D Printer

    02/25/2016 9:30:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | February 22, 2016 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Laser cutters use lasers to cut shapes into existing material, but Rice University scientists have figured out how to make one build objects instead of cut them. The result is the $2,000 3D printer that you see above, constructing the blood vessel network inside a mouse liver. If we want to maximize the usefulness of 3D printers, we have to maximize the number of materials they can work with, while minimizing the cost. That was the goal of the Rice scientists, when they devised a way to make a 3D printer with a couple of days, a couple of thousand...
  • Powerful Laser Could Blast Spacecraft to Mars in 3 Days (Video)

    02/24/2016 8:12:54 AM PST · by Freeport · 31 replies
    Space.com ^ | February 23, 2016 | Shannon Hall
    It sounds like science fiction, but it's eminently possible, researchers say: Robotic spacecraft could get to Mars after a journey of just three days. The key to making this happen is photon propulsion, which would use a powerful laser to accelerate spacecraft to relativistic speeds, said Philip Lubin, a physics professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. "There are recent advances which take this from science fiction to science reality," Lubin said at the 2015 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) fall symposium last October. "There's no known reason why we cannot do this." Lubin and his team were awarded...
  • Pondering Gravitational Waves

    02/13/2016 5:52:10 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies
    Centauri Dreams ^ | 2/11/16 | Paul Gilster
    Pondering Gravitational Wavesby Paul Gilster on February 11, 2016 "Einstein would be beaming," said National Science Foundation director France Córdova as she began this morning's news conference announcing the discovery of gravitational waves. I can hardly disagree, because we have in this discovery yet another confirmation of the reality of General Relativity. Caltech's Kip Thorne, who discussed black hole mergers way back in 1994 in his book Black Holes and Time Warps, said at the same news conference that Einstein must have been frustrated by the lack of available technologies to detect the gravitational waves his theory predicted, a lack...
  • Laser-armed fighter jets by 2020, U.S. Air Force says

    12/17/2015 10:48:10 AM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 10:53 AM ET, Thu December 17, 2015 | By Thom Patterson, video produced by Karol Brinkley
    The invention of guns took warfare to a whole new level. Later, airplanes radically changed it again. Now, experts say another big shift is coming, led by energy weapons, including lasers. The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, or AFRL, said it's on track to demonstrate a working laser weapon on a fighter jet by 2020. "It really is a national tipping point," said Kelly Hammett, chief engineer for the AFRL's directed energy directorate. "We see the technology evolving and maturing to the stage where it really can be used." Arming larger planes with laser weapons has been possible for years....
  • Stealth superwing: Next generation 'Air Dominance' fighter jet ..will have built in laser weapons

    12/15/2015 10:35:39 AM PST · by Red Badger · 75 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 18:20 EST, 14 December 2015 | By Mark Prigg
    Northrop Grumman has revealed a tantalising image of a new stealth 'superjet' capable of firing laser weapons. The so called 'sixth generation fighter' is rumoured to fly at supersonic speeds, although Northrop Grumman, who are developing it, say the specifications are still secret. The stealth craft is expected to use advanced cooling systems to help disguise its laser systems. Known internally as NG Air Dominance, the craft features laser weapons. The so called 'sixth generation fighter' is rumoured to fly at supersonic speeds, although Northrop Grumman, who are developing it, say the specifications are still classified. ==================================================================================================================== Chris Hernandez, Northrop's...
  • Star Wars Weapons are a Reality

    12/09/2015 8:41:25 AM PST · by w1n1 · 2 replies
    AShooting Journal ^ | 12/9/2015 | J M Simpson
    At the interstellar interspection of numerous Star Wars movies and national defense is an array of new weaponry and progress. Welcome to today's "galaxy far, far away." Star Wars: The Force Awaken opens in a few weeks in theaters around the globe. The seventh installment in the Star Wars film series, this latest movie is set approximately 30 years after the Return of the Jedi(1983). It also underscores futuristic technology the defense industry is developing. From Jack Kilby's invention of the silicon chip in 1958 to President Ronald Reagan's comment about the "evil empire" of Russia to the introduction of...
  • Teen Busted After Pointing Laser At Police Helicopter (Military Technology Video)

    08/20/2015 10:46:06 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 20 replies
    Live Leak ^ | 08/18/15
    Vaughan, ON - On Sunday, August 16, 2015, at 1:30 a.m., Air2 was in the area of Highway 7 and Pine Valley Drive assisting uniform officers on the ground, who were responding to a weapons call. While searching for a suspect from the air, the pilot and tactical flight officer were struck by an unrelated bright light source that originated in the area of Jenna Court. The strikes continued as the crew engaged in safety measures. The tactical flight officer used the camera system on Air2 to observe three men standing next to a vehicle at the end of Jenna...
  • New diamond laser 20 times more powerful

    08/13/2015 1:15:19 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    phys.org ^ | August 13, 2015 | Provided by: Macquarie University
    Credit: Dr Robert Williams =============================================================================================================================================== Researchers from the MQ Photonics Research Centre joined with fiber laser experts from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena, Germany to demonstrate a diamond laser 20 times more powerful than previous diamond lasers. Average power levels were less than 20 Watts, with the new laser now providing up to 380 Watts of output power – the equivalent of approximately 400,000 laser pointers and enough power to easily cut through steel. High-power diamond lasers are well-suited to applications that require beaming power over long distances, such as optical communications in space,...
  • US Navy will field 100 kilowatt or stronger lasers and ten shot per minute railguns by 2020

    07/31/2015 1:43:44 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    nextbigfuture.com ^ | 07-28-2015 | Author: Brian Wang
    The US Navy is pursuing a multi-pronged approach to fielding energy weapons by the end of the decade, with the hopes of upgrading its 30 kilowatt laser gun to 100 kw or more, and giving its electromagnetic railgun a higher repetition rate. Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller, chief engineer at Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), said in a panel presentation at the Directed Energy Summit, hosted by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and Booz Allen Hamilton, that both follow-on technologies should be in the hands of sailors in the fleet by 2020. “Sometime in the very near future” the...
  • ...Japan fires world's most powerful laser to produce... 1,000 times the planet's power consumption

    07/29/2015 5:26:48 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | By Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Japan claims to have fired the most powerful laser ever created. Researchers in Osaka were able to produce a 2-petawatt laser beam using a device known as the Laser for Fast Ignition Experiment (LFEX). The power of the 'Death Star'-like beam is equivalent to 1,000 times the world's total electricity consumption, the scientists claim. While it produced a huge amount of power, the energy required for the beam itself is equivalent to that needed to power a microwave for two seconds. The team were able to produce such a high output from low energy by only firing the laser beam...
  • My Homemade 40W LASER SHOTGUN!!!!!

    06/07/2015 11:56:22 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 46 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/7/2015 | styropyro
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  • Blinded by laser-armed cops – scared yet? (Demilitarizing? Not so fast! Police on buying binge...)

    04/17/2015 9:44:39 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 52 replies
    WND ^ | April 17, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    The Z-Ro Retinal Obfuscation weapon mounted to a handgun. Last summer’s riots in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted much talk by President Obama and certain members of Congress about the need to demilitarize local police forces. Nearly a year later, the opposite is happening. New and more powerful weapons are flowing into local police departments daily, and still others are new to the marketplace. One weapon about to make its debut is the “Z-Ro Retinal Obfuscation” gun. When fired, the gun allows an officer to temporarily blind his targeted subject for up to 15 minutes. The new “compliance weapon” made a...
  • High-powered laser weapon destroys truck from 1 mile away in ‘seconds’

    03/06/2015 7:08:05 AM PST · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Friday, March 6, 2015 | By Douglas Ernst
    Lockheed Martin turned up the heat on its laser weapon technology and destroyed a truck from one mile away. The Maryland-based company’s test of the ATHENA laser weapon was the highest power ever recorded of a laser weapon of its type. The Advanced Test High Energy Asset’s March 3 test destroyed its target in a “matter of seconds,” the company said in a statement. An image of the smoking vehicle accompanied its announcement. “This test represents the next step to providing lightweight and rugged laser weapon systems for military aircraft, helicopters, ships and trucks,” said Keoki Jackson, chief technology officer...
  • Lockheed Martin's Laser Can Stop a Truck From Over a Mile Away

    03/05/2015 6:42:31 AM PST · by lbryce · 34 replies
    End Gadget ^ | March 5, 2015 | Daniel Cooper
    Lasers have staggering range, can attack land or air-based targets and are dirt-cheap to fire, making them ideal for a military with one eye on the budget. Now, Lockheed Martin has worked out that the technology could also be used for stopping a car without resorting to lethal force. The company has been testing out a new fiber-optic laser, called ATHENA, which was able to burn through the engine manifold of a truck that was over a mile away. For the purposes of the test, the truck had its engine and drive train running, although the vehicle itself was...
  • US military satellite explodes above Earth

    03/02/2015 11:24:01 AM PST · by muffaletaman · 100 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02 Mar 2015 | Matthew Sparkes
    A US military satellite exploded after detecting an unexplained “sudden spike in temperature”, sending dozens of chunks of debris tumbling into different orbits around Earth. ===== Air Force Space Command confirmed to SpaceNews.com that the “catastrophic event” came after “a sudden spike in temperature” was detected, followed by “an unrecoverable loss of attitude control”. While operators were deciding how to “render the vehicle safe” they detected a debris cloud which indicated that the satellite had been destroyed.
  • Lasers set to zap engines into running more efficiently

    02/20/2015 6:59:17 AM PST · by ckilmer · 128 replies
    new scientist ^ | 20 February 2015 | by Hal Hodson
    PEW pew! For a week last November an internal combustion engine hummed away in a lab near Chicago. Why the excitement? This particular engine sets fire to fuel with lasers instead of spark plugs, burning fuel more efficiently than normal. Laser-fired engines could lead to cleaner, greener cars.
  • Charles Townes, 99, inventor of laser, dies

    01/28/2015 2:20:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | 01/28/2015 | Gregory Bull
    BERKELEY, Calif. - Charles Townes, professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the laser died Tuesday, according to Berkeley's website. Townes, 99, had been in failing health and passed away en route to the hospital. "The passing away of Professor Charles Townes today marks the end of an era," said astrophysicist Reinhard Genzel, a colleague and professor of physics at UC Berkeley. "He was one of the most important experimental physicists of the last century." In 1951, Townes was seated on a park bench in...
  • Time cloak used to hide messages in laser light

    12/01/2014 4:33:57 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    newscientist ^ | 11:11 28 November 2014 by | Aviva Rutkin
    Last year, a team at Purdue University in Indiana built a cloak that could transfer hidden data at 1.5 gigabits a second, fast enough to make it theoretically useful for real communication. The only thing was, the message was hidden so well that no one could actually read it. That problem has now been solved.
  • James Bond-inspired LASER WATCH will burn through objects from a distance

    11/21/2014 10:42:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | Nov 21, 2014 12:21 | By Andy Dawson
    Hobbyist Patrick Priebe has created a terrifyingly awesome laser watch that will burn through objects from afar The Apple Watch is already obsolete and it isn't even in the shops yet. The reason is simple – it doesn't contain a laser that can actually burn stuff. If that's what you're looking for in a smartwatch, forget about Apple and look towards the work of hobbyist Patrick Priebe. He's knocked together what he describes as the "Bond-inspired laser watch" and it might well consign the Apple Watch to the bin of history. That's because this isn't just some laser pointer that...
  • DARPA testing planes with a 'Star Wars'-style laser cannon

    09/16/2014 11:08:57 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    C/NET ^ | 16 Sep 2014 | Eric Mack
    We don't have X-wing fighters just yet, but we may soon have their laser weapons. DARPA is working on a system that's downright Lucasian. Prepare yourself for a future filled with real-life pew pew! The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with Lockheed Martin to test "a new beam control turret... to give 360-degree coverage for high-energy laser weapons operating on military aircraft." In other words, it stuck a primitive (by rebel standards) "Star Wars"-style laser cannon on a fighter jet and flew it over Michigan eight times. "These initial flight tests validate the performance of our ABC turret...
  • Tooth decay could be lasered away with five-minute blast

    05/29/2014 12:01:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:37AM BST 29 May 2014 | Alice Philipson
    The agony of root canal surgery and the need for tooth fillings could soon be ended after scientists discovered a way to make a rotting tooth repair itself using a laser beam. Just five minutes under a laser was enough to kickstart the healing process inside the mouth, the researchers found. The new technique—although only tested on rats so far—could prevent the need for fillings for some types of decay, and may eventually replace painful and expensive root canal treatment. Researchers, which included experts from the US government’s dental research team, found a blast of intense light from a laser...
  • NJ man shoots 11-year-old nephew dead while demonstrating laser sight on his forehead

    05/05/2014 11:32:22 AM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 91 replies
    The Pocono Record ^ | 05-04-2014 | Beth Brelje
    An 11-year-old New Jersey boy was shot dead over the weekend when his uncle was showing off a number of guns that he thought were unloaded, and pointed one with a laser sight at the child’s forehead. The Pocono Record reported that State Police responded to reports of shots fired in a gated community in Delaware Township at around 5:35 p.m. on Saturday. According to a police report, the 11-year-old child was visiting the home of his grandfather. The boy allegedly asked his uncle, 34-year-old Chad Olm, who lives in the basement, to see his gun collection. Olm told police...
  • Groundbreaking new laser technology could be used to control lightning (Antichrist Alert)

    04/03/2014 7:17:44 PM PDT · by equalator · 55 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 4-3-2014 | Drew Prindle
    Optical scientists at the University of Arizona and University of Central Florida have developed a new type of laser technology capable of sending high-intensity beams through the atmosphere much farther than what was previously possible. The research, which was recently published in the journal Nature Photonics, is still in the laboratory phase. However, with further development, this technology could be used to divert lightning bolts away from buildings in the future. Here’s how that works. When the laser is fired, the high intensity beam leaves a channel of plasma (ionized molecules stripped of their electrons) in its wake. This column...
  • California Man Walloped With 14-Year Sentence for Shining Laser at Helicopter

    04/01/2014 1:43:43 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 53 replies
    US News ^ | 03-11-2014 | Steven Nelson
    A federal judge ordered 26-year-old Sergio Rodriguez to spend the next 14 years in prison Monday for “lasing” a police helicopter as a national crackdown on people who point lasers at aircraft intensifies. Rodriguez was arrested in 2012 and convicted in December 2013 of attempting to interfere with the operation of an aircraft, which comes with a maximum 20-year sentence. His girlfriend Jennifer Coleman, now 23, was convicted of pointing a laser at an aircraft, a federal crime established months before the Clovis, Calif., couple’s arrest that’s punishable by five years in prison. She will be sentenced May 12. The...
  • Moon Lasers Are Creating the Galaxy’s Fastest Internet

    02/18/2014 2:20:30 PM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    http://www.nationaljournal.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | By Alex Brown
    Want this article to load more quickly? Read it in space. Hong Kong has the world's fastest Internet. Internet on the moon is 10 times faster. How do our lunar-exploring spaceships get buffer-free video? Lasers. NASA and MIT are shooting "lasers full of Internet" to a ship named LADEE that's exploring the moon's atmosphere. According to NASA, speeds have reached 622 megabits per second (Hong Kong tops out at 63.6). Right now, the agency is using a pulsed laser beam to transmit a pair of HD video signals to and from the moon. The 239,000 miles between the New Mexico...
  • The US Navy Is Ready To Deploy A Futuristic Laser Weapon That's Been Likened To 'Star Wars'

    02/17/2014 7:45:26 PM PST · by blam · 96 replies
    BI - AP ^ | 2-16-2014 | David Sharp
    The US Navy Is Ready To Deploy A Futuristic Laser Weapon That's Been Likened To 'Star Wars' David Sharp, Associated PressFebuary 16,2014 BATH, Maine (AP) — Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds. That future is now. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years. For the Navy, it's not so much about the whiz-bang...
  • US researchers developing laser more powerful than all of Earth's power stations combined

    02/06/2014 6:13:30 AM PST · by 12th_Monkey · 32 replies
    Mail online ^ | 5 February 2014 | MARK PRIGG
    It will be the most powerful laser ever created, and could give researchers incredible new insights into how the cosmos was created. Called the High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS), it will emit 100,000 times more power than all the power stations in the world - for a tiny fraction of a second. It has even been nicknamed the Death Star laser for its similarity to Darth Vader's laser wielding base in Star Wars. he Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Beamlines project is an EU-funded lab being developed with experts from around the world, including Lawrence Livermore lab in the US,...
  • US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

    12/14/2013 9:38:08 PM PST · by pluvmantelo · 24 replies
    The Register ^ | 13th December 2013 | Iain Thomson
    In month-long tests at the White Sands missile range in new Mexico, the High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HELMD) blew up 90 mortar rounds and several aerial drones using a 10kW-class laser mounted on an armored vehicle. "We had considerable success," Terry Bauer, Army program manager for HELMD told the Christian Science Monitor. The HELMD system uses radar (or as the military calls it "Enhanced Multi Mode Radar") to track targets and focus the laser on them. Once locked, the laser raises the temperature of mortar shells to the point where the explosives they contain combust. "It falls as a...
  • Novel X-ray device developed

    11/27/2013 1:44:56 PM PST · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 11-24-2013 | Provided by University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Using a compact but powerful laser, a research team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has developed a new way to generate synchrotron X-rays. Although the high quality of synchrotron X-rays make them ideal for research ranging from the structure of matter to advanced medical images, access to the technology has been limited until now. Most traditional synchrotron X-ray devices are gigantic and costly, available only at a few sites around the world. As reported in this week's issue of the top-ranked optics journal Nature Photonics, researchers at UNL's Extreme Light Laboratory developed a novel method to generate research-quality X-rays using...
  • Air Force Seeks Laser Weapons for Next Generation Fighters

    11/20/2013 10:32:51 AM PST · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    http://news.usni.org ^ | Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | By: Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Air Force has released a new request for a high-powered laser weapon that could be mounted on a next-generation air dominance fighter in the post-2030 era. “The emphasis of this effort is to identify potential laser systems that could be integrated into a platform that will provide air dominance in the 2030+ highly contested Anti-Access/Area Denial (A2/AD) environments,” the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) said in a Request for Information document posted on FEDBIZOPPS last week. The AFRL is particularly interested in lasers that would be at technology readiness level four (TRL4) by October 2014. That means the...
  • Tiny Glass Chip Accelerators Pack the Punch of Huge Mile-Long Instruments

    09/28/2013 1:33:00 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    latinospost.com ^ | Sep 28, 2013 04:08 PM EDT | Keerthi Chandrashekar
    A new advance in accelerator technology has scientists creating tiny glass chips smaller than a grain of rice that can power electrons up to speeds 10 times faster than present-day conventional technology. Experts from Stanford University and U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator detailed their glass chip accelerator research in a study in the journal Nature. The researchers reveal that they are able to achieve such incredible acceleration in such small distances by using commercial lasers to speed up the electrons instead of microwaves, which are typically used. These new chips offer an unprecedented level of acceleration, clocking...
  • Lasers Aimed at Passenger Jets, Helicopter Near Newark Airport

    08/18/2013 11:15:05 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    nbcnewyork.com ^ | Aug 16, 2013 | nbc
    Lasers can blind or distract pilots, and laser strikes have increased in the United States as hand-held pointers have become cheaper and more powerful. Manufacturers have also introduced green lasers, which are more visible than red ones. Nearly 3,500 aircraft nationwide were targeted with laser pointers in 2012, up from 2,836 in 2010. More than 65 were in New Jersey.
  • Despite focusing on the economy, Obama's approval slides

    08/15/2013 7:29:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 15, 2013 | by Jake Miller
    The number of Americans who approve of President Obama's handling of the economy has slid seven points since June to 35 percent, according to a new poll from Gallup. During the same period, the number of Americans who approve of Mr. Obama's handling of taxes and the budget deficit dropped five points to 36 and 26 percent, respectively. The president' overall job approval rating dropped 3 points to 44 percent. The drop comes after weeks of focus on the economy by the president, who has traveled around the country touting his efforts to jump start growth in the housing and...
  • Obama to tap Pritzker, Froman for economic jobs

    05/02/2013 4:45:31 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    AP/pioneer press ^ | 5-2-13 | JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Thursday will nominate a longtime fundraiser to run the Commerce Department and a top economic adviser as the next U.S. Trade Representative, a White House official said. Commerce nominee Penny Pritzker, a businesswoman, philanthropist and Hyatt hotel heiress, is Obama's final pick to fill vacancies among Cabinet secretaries in his second term. The Commerce post has been vacant since last summer, when former Secretary John Bryson resigned after he said he suffered a seizure that led to a series of traffic collisions. USTR nominee Michael Froman is one of Obama's senior economic advisers and a former...
  • Report: Obama Spent Twice as Much Time on Vacation/Golf as Economy

    04/28/2013 4:54:53 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 30 replies
    Report: Obama Spent Twice as Much Time on Vacation/Golf as Economy by Wynton Hall 28 Apr 2013, 4:00 PM PDT According to a new report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute (GAI), President Barack Obama has spent over twice as many hours on vacation and golf (976 hours) as he has in economic meetings of any kind (474.4 hours). The report, “Presidential Calendar: A Time-Based Analysis,” used the official White House calendar, Politico’s comprehensive presidential calendar, and media reports through March 31, 2013 to calculate its results. GAI’s findings may actually understate Obama’s recreational hours. Last year, Obama told CBS...
  • The future is now: Navy to deploys lasers on ships in 2014

    04/08/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 26 replies
    Fox ^ | April 08, 2013 | Justin Fishel
    The Pentagon has plans to deploy its first ever ship-mounted laser next year, a disruptive, cutting-edge weapon capable of obliterating small boats and unmanned aerial vehicles with a blast of infrared energy. Navy officials announced Monday that in early 2014, a solid-state laser prototype will be mounted to the fantail of the USS Ponce and sent to the 5th fleet region in the Middle East for real-world experience. Video released by the Navy shows the laser lock onto a slow-moving target, in this case an unmanned drone, which bursts aflame in mid-flight. The drone soon catches fire and crashes into...
  • Who is William Arkin, and why does it matter?

    02/26/2007 5:38:10 PM PST · by Interesting Times · 37 replies · 1,133+ views
    The New Dominion ^ | Feb. 26, 2007 | Max Friedman
    As most of you have read or seen by now, a journalist and NBC/MSNBC media consultant named William “Bill” Arkin has created quite a stir by viciously insulting American soldiers in Iraq. He wrote at his Washington Post blog, “Early Warning: William M. Arkin on National and Homeland Security” column (1/30/07), that “… this NBC (Nightly News) report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary - oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work” re Iraq. The “report,” according to Arkin, featured “a number of soldiers (who) expressed frustration with...
  • Germans build, successfully test laser weapon

    01/14/2013 4:28:28 PM PST · by MrBambaLaMamba · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/14/2013 | Allison Barrie
    A German company used a futuristic laser weapon to cut through a half-inch thick steel girder from 2/3 of a mile away. But don’t try running away just yet: Dusseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group also reported that its new 50kW high-energy weapon technology can successfully detect and engage targets. The company announced its 2012 year-end operational testing at the Ochsenboden Proving Groud (EZO) in Switzerland, where it successfully overcame tough environmental conditions including snow, ice, rain and blinding sunlight to neutralize targets. Since 2011, the company has increased the power of its lasers five-fold, producing twice the laser output within the same...
  • Lockheed Martin's New Killer Laser Puts Israel's Iron Dome To Shame [Video]

    12/19/2012 8:22:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/19/2012 | Robert Johnson
    Using lasers for tracking objects through the sky has been possible for years, but there's never been anything like Lockheed's new laser defense system successfully tested last week. It's not that using high-powered lasers to drop incoming missiles is anything new, and was achieved by Boeing with a nine-year Air Force project that was canceled in 2011. That monster laser was packed into a 747 and designed to head off ballistic missiles fired at the U.S. from very far away. Raytheon then tested their laser defense on a drone for the Navy in 2010, but now Lockheed's distilled the process...
  • NIF delivers 500 terawatts to fusion target

    07/16/2012 8:24:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies
    laserfocusworld.com ^ | 16 July 2012 | Gail Overton
    Livermore, CA--On July 5, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF) achieved a historic record-breaking laser shot. The NIF laser system of 192 beams delivered more than 500 trillion watts (terawatts or TW) of peak power and 1.85 megajoules (MJ) of ultraviolet laser light to its target. 500 TW is 1,000 times more power than the United States uses at any instant in time, and 1.85 MJ of energy is about 100 times what any other laser regularly produces today. Combining extreme levels of energy and peak power on a target in the NIF is a critical requirement...
  • New Homeland Security Laser Scanner Reads People At Molecular Level

    07/11/2012 7:13:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    cbs ^ | 7/11/12 | staff
    WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Department of Homeland Security will soon be using a laser at airports that can detect everything about you from over 160-feet away. Gizmodo reports a scanner that could read people at the molecular level has been invented. This laser-based scanner – which can be used 164-feet away — could read everything from a person’s adrenaline levels, to traces of gun powder on a person’s clothes, to illegal substances — and it can all be done without a physical search. It also could be used on multiple people at a time, eliminating random searches at airports. The...
  • Laser reportedly hits incoming plane in Myrtle Beach; no landing problems reported

    05/27/2012 8:34:01 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 40 replies
    Sun News ^ | Sunday, May. 27, 2012 | Lorena Anderson
    An inbound airplane’s windshield was hit with a laser beam fired from east of the runway at Myrtle Beach International Airport about 10 p.m. Sunday, but no landing problems were reported. Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Doug Furlong said the laser strike was reported, but investigations found nothing to follow up on. “I’m sure it did happen, though,” he said.
  • Pics: Here's a Real Shark with a Real Laser Attached to Its Fin

    05/02/2012 7:24:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    DVICE ^ | May 2, 2012 | Raymond Wong
    Pics: Here's a real shark with a real laser attached to its fin Through the collective power of Facebook "Liking," Wicked Lasers promised a shark with a laser attached to it. Internet, here's your shark with a laser mounted on its fin. The laser isn't on the shark's head, but this will do (for now). Did you really think that Wicked Lasers would arm a shark with a powerful weapon that would give it the ability to sear other marine life? Get real. True, Wicked Lasers and marine biologist Luke Tipple did mount an S3 Krypton laser to a lemon...
  • Obama’s deficit attention disorder (Hussein focused like a laser beam on trivia)

    04/30/2012 3:00:36 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/29/12 | KEITH KOFFLER
    Obama’s deficit attention disorderBy KEITH KOFFLER | 4/29/12 9:17 PM EDT President Barack Obama seems to be governing in some parallel universe — where the United States exists without mortal dangers threatening its economy and the nation’s most pressing exigency is the reelection of its president. But when Obama swore to defend the Constitution, and therefore the nation, he did it in the dimension where the rest of us exist, where the economy appears to be headed toward its annual spring stall and an endless series of massive budget deficits threatens to unleash a financial crisis at any time. While...