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  • 'Better than Star Wars' laser shoots down flying aircraft for first time in history

    'Better than Star Wars' laser shoots down flying aircraft for first time in history

    There’s no way to begin this next story without breaking out this movie quote: “If I were creating the world I wouldn't mess about with butterflies and daffodils. I would have started with lasers, eight o'clock, Day One!” With that out of the way, for the first time in human history a laser was used to shoot down an aircraft in flight. Well done to the fine folks at the US Navy. Read More

  • Auction off your Cease and Desist from LucasFilm for fun and profit

    Auction off your Cease and Desist from LucasFilm for fun and profit

    Remember that cool-looking Spyder III Pro Arctic laser from WickedLasers? Remember how LucasFilm thought it looked a little too much like a lightsaber? Remember how they then served WickedLasers a Cease and Desist? And then, remember how WickedLasers put that Cease and Desist up on eBay? You probably don’t remember that last part, because I’m just telling you now. It’s up on… Read More

  • WickedLasers Spyder III Pro Arctic Laser burns all comers

    WickedLasers Spyder III Pro Arctic Laser burns all comers

    Holy wow. I saw this thing this morning but I forgot about it. Then Kyle at Giz pointed out that this laser – made from diodes out of a Casio slim projector – costs only $200 and can burn almost anything. Now I’m interested. We’ve done reviews of WickedLaser products in the past but this looks like a doozy. While something like the Photonic Disruptor is pretty exciting… Read More

  • Mapping the Mayans with high-powered lasers

    Mapping the Mayans with high-powered lasers

    You tend to think of archaeologists as academic types, dusting off pottery shards and bones, and a comfy tent in the desert. Generally speaking, you don't think of them buzzing Mayan ruins and bombarding the jungle with lasers.Yet that's just what Arlen and Diane Chase are doing in Belize. They're using LIDAR to scan below the trees, which form an effective screen against satellite imaging, and… Read More

  • Laser-powered rain: sounds too awesome to be true

    Laser-powered rain: sounds too awesome to be true

    Here in Seattle (welcome!) we have no problem getting enough rain. Lasers are not necessary. But this international project studying the effect of high-power lasers on mistifying the atmosphere could still help a lot of areas where rainclouds are shy. The effect, which has no cool name yet, comes from the fact that high-energy beams like terawatt lasers and cosmic rays will knock electrons off… Read More

  • DIY: the laser jacket

    DIY: the laser jacket

    So somehow, you've ended up with 200 laser pointers. What on earth do you do with 200 laser diodes? Well, you could combine them all into one super laser and write your name on the moon. Or you could find 200 sharks and.. never mind. Or, you could wire them all together into a jacket, and wear it to the mall. That's it! Read More

  • Laser beam clock tells time with mirrors

    Laser beam clock tells time with mirrors

    Those wacky artists at Art Lebedev are at it again. This time, they've created a concept clock that uses a single laser beam directed by 60 rotating mirrors to tell us what time it is. Read More

  • Concept watch tells time with frikkin' lasers

    Concept watch tells time with frikkin' lasers

    One look at what this watch does will tell you that it's just a concept, and will most likely never see the light of day (no pun intended). The Aurora Watch was designed by Jihun Yeom, and features a hollow face that makes it look like you lost part of your wristwatch, until you push a button and two lasers come out of the bezel to show you the time. Read More

  • Next Mars rover to have frikkin' lasers

    Next Mars rover to have frikkin' lasers

    Apparently NASA saw something when they sent up the last Mars rover, because the next one is going to be packing heat. The next rover, named Curiosity, is scheduled to launch next year and will be equipped with an analysis system that uses high-energy laser pulses to help find out what Mars is made of. Read More

  • So, so awesome: tactical laser takes down ballistic missile (video)

    Do you see what I'm seeing? That big ol' column in the first shot is a LASER. A huge, sustained, sci-fi style laser. It's blasting a missile in midair during a test. And that second shot? Talk about C-beams off the shoulder of Orion. Read More