No, like all life on Earth. Get your mind out of the gutter.
"Hey. How do you think we can create life out of chemicals?" "I don't know. Maybe shoot at them with lasers?" "Definitely. Let's shoot at them with lasers." Ah, science.Read More
We can't withstand firepower of that magnitude!
Physicists who really know how to market themselves put out this video of a laser pulse they're experimenting with that looks pretty reminiscent of the lasers in Star Wars when filmed with some clever camera tricks. Is there some kind of small exhaust port at the end of that hallway?Read More
All in the name of solving a space mystery!
Science has long wondered why the aftermath of supernovas - giant star explosions that release huge bursts of radiation - look the way they do. Naturally, the only way to solve this problem was to actually explode a star - except with lasers, which makes it somehow even cooler.Read More
If that doesn't work, perhaps some ill-tempered mutated sea bass.
Buildings getting struck by lightning accounts for more than $1 billion worth of damage in the U.S. every year. While there are ways to mitigate the amount of damage caused by directing the lightning away and into the ground, all those methods are just so... boring. You know what aren't boring? High intensity lasers. Heeeeell yeah!Read More
Buy! Sell! Pew pew!
If you needed any more evidence that the pace of the stock exchange is blinding, traders on the cutting edge of technology are now making use of military communications lasers to transmit data, because fiber optics and microwaves are just too darn slow. Just nobody tell them light is faster in a vacuum, OK? I like having air to breathe.Read More
Lasers will project the image of the late Nelson Mandela onto the side of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa every night until December 16th as a memorial for the country's former president. The mountain was reportedly an iconic image for Mandela while he was in prison.Read More
It's cool, I didn't really want that second burger anyways, you guys.
If you're interested in losing weight, and aren't afraid of having your brain controlled by a laser beam through your eyeballs, then science has the perfect solution for you! In a recent study (using mice only, at this point), scientists think they've discovered the part of the brain that allows for overeating - and how to turn it off.Read More
Still waiting on the invisible Aston Martin, though.
Obviously the first thing that everybody thinks when looking at something priceless and sparkly is, "I bet I could make a laser out of this." And if you're some weirdo who's never seen Diamonds Are Forever and don't think you could actually do it, then there's no need to worry: a team at the University of Strathclyde has done it for you.Read More
Scientists can store terabytes of data on laser-encoded glass
We see science fiction becoming reality all the time, but of all the sci-fi conceits around, societies that store all their information (and giant holograms of Marlon Brando) in glowing "data crystals" seemed to be especially kitschy and out there. Not anymore, as scientists at the UK's University of Southampton have successfully demonstrated the ability to record and retrieve optical data on glass using five-dimensional laser techniques, calling their project the 'Superman' memory crystal. What's more, this technology stands to provide a way for us to store data in massive quantities for a "practically unlimited lifetime."Read More
A machine gun that shoots lasers? It's all I've ever wanted, but now that it's real...I just don't know what to do. It's so beautiful, you guys!
It's official -- German laser aficionado Patrick Priebe has all the best toys. We've brought you looks at Priebe's work before, including a working replica of the Dead Space plasma cutter, but his newest project really takes the cake, because seriously, all I've ever wanted out of life is a gatling gun that shoots high-energy lasers. Which means all I have to do to make my life complete is go and steal Priebe's.Read More
Graphene continues to impress by showing its ability to create ultrashort pulses of laser light.
We get it, graphene -- you're amazing. We've more or less accepted that there's nothing graphene can't do, but that doesn't stop us from being amazed every time it does something new. It's newest feat is that the super-material can be used to create ultrashort-pulse lasers. Damn, graphene. Save some cool stuff for the other materials to do.Read More
Replicas of video game weapons are fun, but you can only get so much enjoyment out of waving a toy laser around and shouting, "Pew! Pew!" Sometimes you want to step your game up, and that's exactly what Patrick Priebe has done. There are a lot of videos on YouTube that show Dead Space Plasma Cutter replicas, but Priebe's actually fires lasers -- and it burns stuff.Read More
What's a good tool that can lead presentations, point out constellations, and occupy cats with perfect precision? Laser pointers, of course! And while they can be really useful, lately it seems like they're not being used right. They're getting used to annoy moviegoers in theaters or get kids prison time. Unwise, folks. Now a new study shows that laser pointers -- especially the green ones -- are even more dangerous than we often assume.Read More
Cocaine addiction is notoriously difficult to treat, but researchers working on ways to fight it may have a unexpected new weapon in their arsenal -- lasers. Recent research in the field of optogenetics suggests that using lasers to turn certain parts of the brain on and off could help to curb addicts craving for the drug. Take that, cocaine addiction! Pew pew pew!Read More
You might think we live in a world where people would realize that pointing lasers at aircraft is a bad idea. You might think that, but you're wrong if you do. On March 29th, 2012, 19-year-old Adam Gardenhire was arrested for exactly this -- pointing a green laser at a bunch of aircraft. He won't be doing it for some time, though, since he's earned himself 30 months in jail.Read More
When firefighters rush into a burning building, they're equipped to deal with extreme temperatures. They're not as equipped to locate the people they're there to save through the smoke and fire. Researchers of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) in Italy are working on a new way to see through the chaos of a fire using holographic imaging. It's officially the future.Read More
Frightened of rocks from outer space falling on your head today? You can be forgiven for that, as it's a going concern this afternoon. Researchers at the University of California -- Santa Barbara and California Polytechnic State University are proposing a way to put your troubled mind at ease, though. They want to launch an array of solar-powered lasers into orbit that they say could not only deflect or vaporize incoming asteroids, but also be put to uses like powering future spacecraft as they explore the solar system.Read More