Lasers really are the future of pretty much everything, including computer chips. HP has been experimenting with photonically-interconnected microprocessors that promise to eventually be able to increase the processing power of today's fastest supercomputers by a factor of a hundred.
On Sunday, a group of amateur astronomers in San Antonio fired a one-watt blue laser up at the ISS and scored a direct hit, a first in ISS history. And instead of getting hunted down and arrested (which is what usually happens when you shoot lasers at flying things owned by the Feds), they got a congratulatory email from an astronaut.
After 16 years of development and an investment of somewhere around five billion dollars, the Air Force has decided to retire their Airborne Laser test bed, a 747 fitted with a rotating turret in the nose that could shoot down ballistic missiles from long range with a giant chemical laser.
Let me just say that one more time: laser-powered carbon nanotube exploding drug grenades. We have them.
You know how we keep saying that everything works better with lasers? It looks like our trusty old magnetic platter hard drives are no exception, since blasting them with laser pulses instead of magnetic fields can apparently make them perform about a thousand times better.
An X-ray laser generating pulses a billion times brighter than any x-ray source prior has heated an ultra thin sample of aluminum to a record 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit. That's hotter than then sun's corona!
Optogenetics is a method of using light to control cells in the brain. It can be used to alter behavior, model diseases, and maybe even one day, deliver drugs right where you need them. And now, it's wireless! With lasers!
It's a well-known fact that we here at DVICE will write about more or less anything involving lasers, even if it doesn't involve lasers. Fortunately, this display system actually does involve lasers, and it also involves invisibility. Whoa.
How high-speed can a high-speed camera get? Try fast enough to watch a pulse of light itself move through a soda bottle.
In response to civil unrest in August that threw the U.K. into chaos, police forces there plan to trial a laser weapon that would cast a ten-foot wall of light that briefly blinds those caught in its path at a distance of 1,600 feet.