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  • Will Space Battles Be Fought with Laser Weapons?

    03/22/2012 1:34:51 AM PDT · by U-238 · 33 replies · 2+ views
    Life's Little Mysteries ^ | 3/16/2012 | Adam Hadhazy
    What would science fiction be without laser beams? From handheld ray guns to spaceship-mounted turbolasers, the futuristic weapon of choice definitely involves bright, colorful blasts of energy. In the early 21st century, projectiles still remain the standard means of inflicting damage from a distance. Yet continued research into "directed-energy" weapons by the United States military, among others, could someday bring lasers to a battlefield near you. Lasers are already used in guidance, targeting and communication applications, but significant technological obstacles stand in front of turning them into weapons by themselves. For certain niche scenarios, lasers might prove themselves ideal. It...
  • Canadian scientist leads bovine gas gauge development (Cow Fart-o-meter Invented!)

    03/15/2011 4:19:17 PM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    edmontonjournal.com ^ | March 15, 2011 | Randy Boswell
    A Canadian government scientist has spearheaded the development of a new, high-tech measuring device combining laser beams, GPS locators and chemical detectors to more accurately gauge the amount of methane released by belching and flatulent cows -a significant source of the world's greenhouse gases. A bi-national collaboration with Australian agronomists, the project was led by Sean McGinn, a senior scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's farm research centre in Lethbridge and is detailed in the latest issue of the Journal of Environmental Quality.
  • Building the world's most powerful laser

    05/23/2005 2:23:38 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 21 replies · 1,128+ views
    CNN ^ | May 23, 2005
    LIVERMORE, California (AP) -- Ed Moses talks of the "grand challenge" that has consumed him for the past five years, comparing it to trying to hit the strike zone with a baseball from 350 miles (563 kilometers) away or tossing a dime into a parking meter from 40 miles (64 kilometers) away. "That's the precision we have to have," says Moses, the director of a high-energy physics adventure to produce the world's most powerful laser -- one that scientists hope will create in a laboratory the type of energy found at the center of the sun. In a building the...
  • 'Star Wars' laser beams soon may be drilling oil, gas wells

    01/14/2004 9:21:02 AM PST · by nypokerface · 38 replies · 903+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 01/14/04 | Steve Raabe
    A revolutionary method for using laser beams to drill oil and gas wells moved a step closer to reality Tuesday in the laboratories of the Colorado School of Mines. The Golden-based university announced it has acquired six laser technology patents from Boeing in a major step forward in the transfer of military laser uses to civilian applications. If the adaptation of technology borrowed from Reagan-era "Star Wars" military programs is successful, it will mark the first fundamental change to rotary drilling techniques since the concept was invented in Britain in 1845. "It's a very, very sexy project," said Ramona Graves,...