In the sci-fi genre, tractor beams have long been the preferred method for moving things in outer space. In the real world, though, scientists may have just hit upon the ideal tractor beam, one that doesn't even need to run on infinite energy.
NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars has set off some fireworks on the Red Planet with the zap-zap-zap of its high-tech space laser.
What happens to carbon -- and other solid materials -- when the pressure is even greater, such as what exists in the cores of Jupiter, Saturn and giant planets beyond the solar system? The world's largest laser hopes to find out.
Polish scientists are working on a new method to detect drunk drivers. This time, instead of driver's walking a straight line, a laser zaps your car and sniffs out any alcohol fumes. Is the system ready now to get drunks off the road?
The U.S. military is funding new efforts to develop anti-drone weapons for light ground vehicles.
Scientists alter neural pathways by targeting fruit flies with light and heat. Continue reading →
Diamonds are much better at producing high-quality laser beams than conventional techniques.
Laser tech takes aim at problems big and small.
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