The laser system is designed to protect military forces and key infrastructure.
The science could lead to rust- and ice-free metals and water-repellant electronics.
The Internet could one day deliver your cat videos much faster than it does now, thanks to a new development in optical research that could allow more data to be sent, faster, via laser beams.
A new laser link with the International Space Station could do what optical fiber has done for internet access on Earth -- by turning orbital communications from painfully slow dial-up to blazing-fast broadband. Continue reading
Tiny laser-like devices offer a new way to destroy cancer cells at the source.
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.
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