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  • 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...
  • Ultrashort pulse laser surgery of the cornea and the sclera

    04/03/2012 7:49:33 PM PDT · by muawiyah · 9 replies
    Journal of Optics ^ | JULY 2010 | K Plamann
    REVIEW ARTICLE The strongly localized interaction process of ultrashort laser pulses with tissue makes femtosecond lasers a powerful tool for eye surgery. These lasers are now routinely used in refractive surgery and other forms of surgery of the anterior segment of the eye. Several clinical laser systems also offer options for corneal grafting and the potential use of ultrashort pulse lasers in glaucoma surgery has been the object of several recent studies which have shown promising results.While devices aimed for interventions in clear tissue may be based on available solid state or fibre laser technology, the development of tools for...
  • Man Says He Shined Laser at OIA Planes for 'Stress Release'

    03/31/2012 10:46:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | March 27, 2012 | Gary Taylor
    AirTran Flight 15 departed Orlando International Airport Jan. 8 and was heading south about 400 feet off the ground when Capt. Jerry Egel was hit in the face by a bright green laser. The laser tracked him for 30 to 60 seconds until he reached an altitude of about 2,000 feet, according to an affidavit filed in federal court. Egel turned all the plane's lights off and made a sharp left turn, requesting permission to change course to avoid the laser. It was an incident that placed his life, and the lives of his passengers, at risk and launched an...
  • Recovering three-dimensional shape around a corner using ultrafast time-of-flight imaging

    03/20/2012 2:48:27 PM PDT · by Stoat · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Nature ^ | March 20, 2012 | Andreas Velten, et al
    The recovery of objects obscured by scattering is an important goal in imaging and has been approached by exploiting, for example, coherence properties, ballistic photons or penetrating wavelengths. Common methods use scattered light transmitted through an occluding material, although these fail if the occluder is opaque. Light is scattered not only by transmission through objects, but also by multiple reflection from diffuse surfaces in a scene. This reflected light contains information about the scene that becomes mixed by the diffuse reflections before reaching the image sensor. This mixing is difficult to decode using traditional cameras. Here we report the combination...
  • DARPA Unveils Drone-Slaying War Laser

    03/11/2012 10:30:14 PM PDT · by U-238 · 38 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 3/08/2012 | Neil Ungerleider
    DARPA is unveiling a portable laser weapons system, HELLADS, which seems like something out of a sci-fi movie. The new laser application, created by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems with a custom power system from Saft Batteries, will help change the way the American military fights future wars. Current military laser systems are bulky contraptions which are mainly the size of a passenger jet, while the proposed DARPA weapon can fit on the back of a flatbed truck. The 150-kilowatt, solid state laser weapon is strong enough to take down drones or other aerial targets; a prototype is expected to be...
  • US mothballs airborne laser missile defense weapon

    03/04/2012 11:28:49 PM PST · by U-238 · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | 3/1/2012 | CBS News
    The Pentagon has mothballed a laser-equipped jumbo jet after 15 years and $5 billion worth of research to develop an airborne missile defense system. Budget cuts shot down the Airborne Laser Test Bed but some research into anti-missile lasers will continue, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. "We didn't have the funding to continue flying the aircraft," agency spokeswoman Debra Christman told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/xEnw3z ). The plane, a Boeing 747 mounted with a high-energy chemical laser, has been sent into storage at Davis Monthan Air Force Base, the agency said. The base near Tucson, Ariz., serves...
  • Obama Still “Focused Like a Laser On Jobs” – Plans Busy Weekend of Movie Watching At White House…

    01/12/2012 12:50:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 1/12/12 | Zip
    Via NY Post: The Obamas have a busy weekend of movie watching lined up, according to sources. The White House has requested a print of the Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady” for a screening. Star Meryl Streep is up for best actress at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. Meanwhile, Cuba Gooding Jr. — star of another historical film, “Red Tails” — told us at its premiere this week at the Ziegfeld that he’s expected at the White House tomorrow with co-stars including Terrence Howard for a screening there. Executive-produced by George Lucas, “Red Tails” follows a crew of...
  • World's most powerful laser to tear apart the vacuum of space

    11/01/2011 10:56:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/01/2011 | By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
    A laser powerful enough to tear apart the fabric of space could be built in Britain as part major new scientific project that aims to answer some of the most fundamental questions about our universe. Due to follow in the footsteps of the Large Hadron Collider, the latest "big science" experiment being proposed by physicists will see the world's most powerful laser being constructed. Capable of producing a beam of light so intense that it would be equivalent to the power received by the Earth from the sun focused onto a speck smaller than a tip of a pin, scientists...
  • Shipboard prototype tactical laser weapon engages swarms of small, fast attack boats in Navy tests

    09/01/2011 9:22:35 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    militaryaerospace.com ^ | 31 Aug 2011 | John Keller
    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 31 Aug. 2011. Laser weapons experts from the Boeing Co. Directed Energy Systems segment in Huntsville, Ala., the BAE Systems U.S. U.S. Combat Systems segment in Minneapolis, and the U.S. Navy have tested a shipboard prototype tactical laser weapon based on the Navy's Mk 38 MOD 2 deck gun, during which experts tested the laser weapon against a simulated attack by fast, maneuvering small attack boats, intermingled with neutral boat traffic. The tests of the Mk 38 MOD 2 Tactical Laser System (TLS) concept were at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Mk 38 tactical...
  • Laser Advances in Nuclear Fuel Stir Terror Fear

    08/21/2011 9:28:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 20, 2011 | WILLIAM J. BROAD
    Scientists have long sought easier ways to make the costly material known as enriched uranium — the fuel of nuclear reactors and bombs, now produced only in giant industrial plants. One idea, a half-century old, has been to do it with nothing more substantial than lasers and their rays of concentrated light. This futuristic approach has always proved too expensive and difficult for anything but laboratory experimentation. Until now. In a little-known effort, General Electric has successfully tested laser enrichment for two years and is seeking federal permission to build a $1 billion plant that would make reactor fuel by...
  • Superman's memory crystals may become reality in computers (rewritable crystals?)

    08/20/2011 8:48:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 30 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 08/14/11 | Richard Gray
    Superman's memory crystals may become reality in computers Computers may soon be saving their data onto hard drives made of glass following research by British scientists who have developed a way of storing information similar to the "memory crystals" seen in the Superman films. By Richard Gray, Science Correspondent 9:45AM BST 14 Aug 2011 Researchers at Southampton University used lasers to rearrange the atoms in pieces of glass, turning it into new type of computer memory. They claim the glass memory is far more stable and resilient than current types of hard-drive memory, which have a limited lifespan of a...
  • Clark Gable's Grandson Accused Of Shining Laser At Chopper

    07/31/2011 10:19:45 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 20 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | 31 July 2011 | Michael Martinez
    Clark Gable's Grandson Accused Of Shining Laser At Chopper Gable Faces Felony Charge By Michael Martinez CNN POSTED: 4:24 pm EDT July 30, 2011 UPDATED: 7:32 am EDT July 31, 2011 LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- Clark James Gable, 22, the only grandson of legendary actor Clark Gable, was playing with a laser when police arrested him, charging him with a felony this week, his manager told CNN Saturday.
  • MIT spinout unveils new more powerful direct-diode laser

    07/08/2011 10:40:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    www.physorg.com ^ | July 8, 2011 | by Bob Yirka
    TeraDiode, a spinout company from MIT and located nearby in Littleton, MA, has unveiled, a new powerful direct-diode laser capable of cutting all the way through steel up to half an inch thick at various speeds. The laser is based on technology developed by company co-founders Dr. Bien Chann and Dr. Robin Huang while still at MIT. The new laser system is based on semiconductor technology, which means it uses electricity, rather than chemicals, and employs an optical system that directs multiple individual beams into one single stronger one, and, according to the company website, the laser has "revolutionary TeraDrive...
  • Scientists build lasers using human embryonic cells

    06/21/2011 7:55:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 20, 2011 | REBECCA MILLETTE
    June 20, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – U.S. scientists reported last week they have been able to develop potentially “self-healing” lasers that could be used in the human body for treating diseases such as cancer.  The lasers, however, use human embryonic cells in a controversial experiment that has not yet been approved by the FDA. The experiment findings were published this month in the Nature Photonics journal, by physicists Malte C. Gather and Soek Hyun Yun of the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  “This is the first time that we have used biological materials to build a laser...
  • Lasers Made from Human Cells

    06/13/2011 8:34:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 06/12/2011 | Katherine Bourzac
    Living lasers might transmit information about health and disease. They are also just plain cool. A laser based on living cells has been created by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. They were motivated to overcome one of the fundamental limitations on biological imaging: it's very difficult to get visible and infrared light in and out of the body. Living lasers have a few basic parts that are drawn from the same list as any laser. First, the researchers genetically modified human liver cells so that they produce large amounts of green fluorescent proteins...
  • World Record in Ultra-Rapid Data Transmission

    05/24/2011 7:27:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies · 1+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 05-24-2011 | Staff
    Scientists at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have succeeded in encoding data at a rate of 26 terabits per second on a single laser beam, transmitting the data over a distance of 50 kilometers, and decoding the information successfully. This is the largest data volume ever transported on a laser beam. The process developed by KIT enables the transmission of 700 DVDs' worth of content in just one second. The advance is reported in the journal Nature Photonics. In this experiment, KIT scientists led by Professor Jürg Leuthold beat their own record in high-speed data transmission of 2010, when they...
  • US laser could fend off PRC boats

    04/17/2011 1:15:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 22 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Apr 16, 2011 | William Lowther
    US laser could fend off PRC boats BEAM BREAKTHROUGH:Military sources in Washington said that the new weapon could be used as a defense and deterrent against China’s new stealth missile boats By William Lowther / Staff Reporter in WASHINGTON The US Navy has made another major breakthrough with laser guns that in theory could be used to defend Taiwan from attack and invasion. For the first time, a solid-state high-energy laser has been used at sea to destroy a small boat moving through turbulent waters. The laser beam — about as wide as a baseball — skimmed the waves for...
  • Navy Shows Off Powerful New Laser Weapon

    04/08/2011 3:05:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/8/11 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    One if by land … lasers if by sea. A futuristic laser mounted on a speeding cruiser successfully blasted a bobbing, weaving boat from the waters of the Pacific Ocean -- the first test at sea of such a gun and a fresh milestone in the Navy's quest to reoutfit the fleet with a host of laser weapons, the Navy announced Friday. "We were able to have a destructive effect on a high-speed cruising target," chief of Naval research Rear Adm. Nevin Carr told FoxNews.com. The test occurred Wednesday near San Nicholas Island, off the coast of Central California in...
  • Breakthrough reported in Navy laser weapon technology

    01/23/2011 11:42:31 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies
    Virginia Pilot/HamptonRoads.com ^ | 1/21/2011 | Lauren King
    A Navy crew might only have seconds to react to an incoming missile before it rips a hole into a ship. Existing anti-missile systems include rapid-fire guns designed to shoot down missiles at close range. But a reliable laser weapon could do the same job with higher precision, speed-of-light engagement and without running out of ammunition. It's an idea that's been in development at the U.S. Office of Naval Research since the 1980s. The goal is to create a megawatt, or 1 million-watt, laser weapon. Last month, scientists at the Los Alamos National Lab demonstrated they are capable of producing...
  • Rhode Island Man Pleads Guilty to Lasering Commercial Flight

    01/23/2011 4:43:13 AM PST · by Larry381 · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Department of Justice ^ | January 21, 2011 | United States Attorney's Office District of Rhode Island
    PROVIDENCE, RI—A Warwick, Rhode Island man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence Friday to a federal charge of willfully interfering with the safe operation of an airborne commercial aircraft and endangering the safety of the 23 passengers and three crew members onboard by illuminating the cockpit of an incoming flight on final approach to T.F. Green Airport in Warwick with a laser light, momentarily blinding the pilot. Joseph Aquino, 31, entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi. Aquino's guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent...
  • Breakthrough Laser Could Revolutionize Navy's Weaponry

    01/21/2011 6:27:58 AM PST · by Lazamataz · 67 replies
    FoxNews.Com ^ | 1/20/2011
    The Navy has passed a major milestone in its quest to build an incredibly powerful new anti-aircraft gun. Scientists with the Navy's Office of Naval Research have demonstrated a prototype system capable of producing from thin air the electrons needed to generate ultrapowerful, "megawatt-class" laser beams for the agency's next-generation system. (snip)Navy ships have become vulnerable in modern times to supersonic missiles because of their slower defense systems, the agency worries. "The FEL is expected to provide future U.S. Naval forces with a near-instantaneous laser ship defense in any maritime environment throughout the world,” Saulter said.
  • Orlando Man Who Targeted Sheriff's Office Helicopter with Laser Pleads Guilty

    01/20/2011 5:41:29 PM PST · by Larry381 · 6 replies
    Department of Justice ^ | January 20, 2011 | United States Attorney's Office Middle District of Florida
    ORLANDO, FL—United States Attorney Robert E. O'Neill announces that Frank Newton Anderson (age 43, of Orlando) pled guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Kendall G. Sharp to a one-count Information charging Newton with violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 32(a)(5) and (a)(8); interference with operation of an aircraft. Newton faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison. His sentencing is set for April 20, 2011 at 9 a.m. before Judge Sharp. According to the plea agreement, on April 13, 2010, Newton aimed a green laser beam at an Orange County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) Bell helicopter....
  • The Navy's Free Electron Laser System Will be More Than Just a Death Ray

    11/16/2010 12:51:22 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 11/10/2010 | Clay Dillow
    The Navy has been seeking its “Holy Grail” free electron laser (FEL) weapon for a while now, but it would rather you think of it more as a multipurpose laser platform than a death ray. While the Navy’s ship-borne FEL, currently under development at Boeing, will certainly be used to knock incoming threats out of the sky, naval officers really want a platform that can also be used for tracking, communications, target designation, disruption, time-of-flight location, and a variety of other tasks. Such a multipurpose tool certainly makes the Navy’s laser system seem a more practical use of funding, and...
  • Man Who Pointed Laser At CHP Chopper Gets Federal Prison Time

    10/26/2010 8:20:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 33 replies
    cbs ap ^ | October 26, 2010 7:40 AM
    A Southern California man has been sentenced to 19 months in federal prison for pointing a laser at a California Highway Patrol helicopter.
  • Airborne laser fails 2nd shootdown test in row

    10/21/2010 10:42:49 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/21/2010 | Reuters
    Preliminary indications are that the so-called Airborne Laser Test Bed tracked the target's exhaust plume but did not hand off to a second, "active tracking" system as a prelude to firing the high-powered chemical laser, said Richard Lehner, an MDA spokesman. "The transition didn't happen," he said. "Therefore, the high-energy lasing did not occur." Boeing produces the airframe and is the project's prime contractor, while Northrop Grumman supplies the high-energy laser and Lockheed Martin Corp has been developing the beam- and fire-control systems. Defense Secretary Robert Gates scaled back the program into a research experiment last year. About $4 billion...
  • Maritime Laser System Shows Higher Lethality At Longer Ranges

    09/30/2010 11:57:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies
    Space Daily.com via SPX ^ | 10/01/2010 | Space Daily.com via SPX
    Tests of the U.S. Navy's Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) system conducted recently at the Potomac River Test Range confirmed the laser weapon system's readiness to proceed with at-sea testing later this year, according to Northrop Grumman Corporation. Operating from a fixed site on land, the MLD weapon system fired a laser beam at a number of stationary targets, including representative small boat sections, across the Potomac River, company executives said. The laser burned through small boat sections in these tests, conducted in late August and early September. "We have shown that the Maritime Laser Demonstrator's design is as lethal at...