We've already seen laser systems that can target and shoot down mosquitoes, and we'll be honest: it's hard to beat an anti-bug battle laser. A new technique based on lasers and infrared light might be a slightly more realistic way of keeping mosquitoes at bay without having to zap each and every one.
Have you always wanted blue eyes, but are stuck with boring old brown eyes? Well, a doctor in California has come up with a way to turn someone's brown eyes blue in just 20 seconds.
For NASA, asking boffins to develop one laser-based tractor beam must not be difficult enough, because they've thrown down $100,000 for three entirely different flavors of the technology, which apparently does in fact exist.
Researchers at Sandia National Labs have mixed four different diode lasers to produce a warm, bright white light that they say is just as good as incandescents and better than LEDs. Laser light bulbs, here we come!
To squeeze laser into things like airplanes, we're going to have to make the weapons much smaller and more efficient than the boat-sized platforms we've got right now. DARPA is hard at work on a system called Excalibur that's small enough and powerful enough to make an aircraft like this a reality.
Obviously, lasers are the future of every single technology ever, from computers to sea jellies. BMW is now attempting to put lasers into car headlights, creating what could be (but isn't yet) the world's first combination road lighting system and pedestrian deterrence weapon.
Here's the plan: pick a cloud. Shoot a laser at it. Make it rain. Sound crazy? Maybe, but a group of scientists have some concrete evidence that it could be possible. Good thing, too, as lasers are a lot more environmentally friendly than the other methods being tried.
What do you get when you combine two of the most deadly weapons out there? No, not a machete duct taped to a nuke. You get the Navy's new gatling gun/laser hybrid.
You gotta hand it to all those crazy Iron Man fans. It seems like not a week goes by without some crafty fanatic showing some Tony Stark love with a wicked DIY project. Patrick Priebe's hand-worn 1,000 milliwatt laser is no different.
Despite our sci-fi dreams, laser cannons are still too bulky and inefficient to every be used on the regular by the military. But we may be getting closer to that laser-filled future.