lasers

Then, Now, and Later: How We Use Lasers

Then, Now, and Later: How We Use Lasers

In nearly every sci-fi story, there are jets of colored light shooting through the air. In fiction, lasers are used for almost everything, from futuristic weapons to tools for communication and discovery. On one hand, it makes sense that lasers ...

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Badges Detect Shock Waves

Badges Detect Shock Waves

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania developed new badges that visibly react to exposure to shock waves by changing color. Developers can calibrate the badges to show the exposure level of the wearer, similar ...

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Mimicking the Big Bang

Mimicking the Big Bang

Scientists at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory plan to model the center of a planet or star using laser-driven inertia confinement fusion techniques. These techniques use convergent beams of laser light to ignite small fusion explosions. ...

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Airborne Laser Fire Control Test

Airborne Laser  Fire Control Test

US Missile Defense personnel at Edwards Air Force Base in California have successfully tested the Lockheed Martin Beam Control/Fire Control system in conjunction with the High Energy Laser mounted on a modified Boeing 747-400F airplane. Together, these components form the ...

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