Spark plugs have been around for a long time — 150 years or so. But vehicles may soon upgrade to a more modern tech for their engine-starting needs: lasers.
The Navy recently showed off a weapons-grade laser that could torch a small boat, and it looks like the Air Force got a serious case of beam weapon envy. It's now soliciting proposals for a sensor-frying laser cannon that could be mounted on an aircraft.
It may not be cutting through a mile of solid steel every few seconds, but the Navy has demonstrated the ability of its solid state laser to disable small boats in a live test.
Being able to hear is a natural gift nearly everyone takes for granted, except the deaf. Researchers at the University of Utah have discovered that lasers might be the solution to deafness.
Rogue space junk poses a serious threat to both manned and unmanned spacecraft, since it just takes one wayward screw or fleck of paint to potentially punch a hole in some critical system. NASA has considered everything from balloons to sails to help mitigate the problem, and now the agency is thinking about a laser.
Tractor beams are one of those sci-fi staples that, when you get right down to it, are actually pretty hard to wrap your head around: it's a force that projects outward, and yet it pulls an object inward. Crazy as it is, Chinese researchers may have just figured out how to do just that.
I'm not even close to balding, but for those who are, the days can look real somber when staring into a mirror. Don't let those tears drip out just yet because there is hope! The iGrow promises to help you grow back the hairs you've lost with time.
We just learned that plants are getting in on the bomb detection game, and now lasers are looking to join the club. Not just regular ol' lasers, either — "air lasers."
Chemical rockets operate on essentially the same technology that we've had since the 1930s, and it's dangerous, expensive, and very inefficient. It's high time for a better way of getting to space, and lasers might be the way to do it.
The Soviet 1K17 laser tank looks like something out of Command and Conquer, but it was armed and operational during the early 90s, and it had US Intelligence totally freaked out.