When zapped with lasers, ultra-thin magnets actually behave like fluids. To determine how exactly this happens, a team of scientists in Colorado performed experiments and mathematical calculations.
Material Science April 19, 2019
Terrestrial laser scans, ground-penetrating radar, and georectifications unveiled the remains of a military fortification buried underneath Alcatraz federal penitentiary. The historical structures are still in good condition.
Earth/Environment March 9, 2019
Researchers were able to find a simple way to address the problem of splitting wavelengths in quantum dot lasers. By simply teaming up two quantum dots, they were able to create a singular wavelength free of the defect.
Energy February 9, 2019
MIT researchers developed a laser system that can send secret audio messages directly into a person's ear, without any else in the same area hearing the sound. What are its potential applications?
Feature | Science January 26, 2019
Chinese scientists said they developed and tested a prototype of a laser weapon with beams that can penetrate the clothes. The weapon, called the ZKZM-500, is reportedly ready for mass production.
Energy July 2, 2018
NASA will be using lasers on the International Space Station to create the coldest spot in the universe. This spot will be 10 billion times colder than the vacuum of space.
Space May 21, 2018
Scientists created the world's fastest water heater, capable of heating water to 100,000 degrees Celsius in an instant. It is safe to say that it will not be used to make coffee, so what will the researchers do with it?
Material Science May 15, 2018
A new study suggested the possibility of humans shooting lasers from their eyes. The researchers used organic semiconductors to create the technology and tested it on a cow.
May 4, 2018
The future looks accident-free, thanks to a new laser-based imaging technique being developed at Stanford University. By bouncing laser beams off surfaces, it could record a still image of an object hidden behind a corner.
Material Science March 6, 2018
Chinese physicists are working to upgrade the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility to blast 10-petawatt lasers. The group's ambitions, however, go beyond that, with a plan to build a 100-petawatt laser by 2023 known as the Station of Extreme Light.
Energy January 29, 2018
Space junk is a growing threat against satellites and spacecraft such as the International Space Station. To solve the problem, scientists from China suggested for the space debris to be blasted with lasers.
Space January 16, 2018
Can the Anchiornis dinosaur fly, glide, or do neither? A new study harnessing laser-stimulated fluorescence (LSF) to image the prehistoric creatures' fossils helps enrich the discussion on avian evolution and dinosaur history.
Ancient March 1, 2017
Surgeons use a laser-based microscope to examine brain cancers and help them achieve maximum removal of cancerous cells. The technique, developed in 2008, will help doctors make fast and accurate decisions.
Biotech February 25, 2017
British and Czech scientists claim that their DiPOLE 100 laser or 'Bivoj' is 10 times more powerful than any other laser on Earth. Called a high peak power laser, the device boasts of 1,000 watts in average power output.
Material Science January 26, 2017
Physicists have managed to cool down a microscopic drum using a technique that involves using squeezed light. How did the technique cool down the object to a temperature 10,000 times colder than the vacuum of space?
Material Science January 12, 2017
Researchers have made a surprising discovery, coming up with a new way to produce crystals for use in lasers. Is this new method the future of laser design?
Material Science August 29, 2016
Facebook opened Area 404, a new 22,000-square-foot laboratory where the company's hardware teams are planning to carry out fast prototyping and modeling of their projects. Yes, the lab's name is taken from the infamous "Not Found" error code.
Business Tech August 3, 2016
Facebook recently unveiled that its team at Connectivity Lab crafted a way to put high-speed internet in the hands of isolated communities. The device relies on lasers and luminescence, and we broke down how it works.
Internet July 20, 2016
A 3D printer uses lasers to create metallic objects in mid-air.
Gadgets May 17, 2016
Researchers in Australia have trained an artificial intelligence system to run a complex science experiment that involves Bose-Einstein condensate. The AI learned to conduct the process from scratch in less than an hour.
Robotics May 17, 2016
How do you avoid food poisoning? Korean researchers introduced the concept of a fridge-mountable laser that can detect presence of illness-causing bacteria like E. coli.
Life April 1, 2016
A YouTube educational channel, Veritasium, shows a slow-motion video of laser hair removal. Laser hair removal is the most common nonsurgical cosmetic treatment in the U.S.
Life April 1, 2016
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois have set a new record for data transmission speed at 57 Gbps. The record was achieved through fiber optic cables and a special laser.
Internet March 29, 2016
'Star Trek' showed a lot of technology that was deemed impossible decades ago. Today, a lot of what they have shown is used in the real world - a team of scientists even tried making teleportation possible.
Energy March 7, 2016
Quantum computers could mean the end of encryption forever. How does this new system solve the 'factoring problem' used to keep data secure?
March 5, 2016
A college senior by the name of Drake Anthony has built what he calls a laser shotgun, just because he can. The laser is 40 watts, and is the most powerful that Anthony, a YouTube laser authority, has made.
Gadgets January 15, 2016
Star Wars-like laser guns are now a reality. Chinese researchers developed guns from ultrafast portable laser technology with miniaturized mechanisms.
FUTURE TECH January 10, 2016
A team of Canadian scientists created a new device known as the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter that is capable of producing 3D models of asteroid surfaces. The laser altimeter will be included in NASA's planned Osiris mission to the Bennu asteroid in 2016.
Space December 19, 2015
A company called TWI has developed a robot snake that makes its way through pipes to repair them with lasers. The robot could be extremely helpful in places such as nuclear plants, where a situation like a cracked pipe could be extremely damaging.
FUTURE TECH December 15, 2015
A laser spy camera can now locate moving objects hidden around corners. In the future, this laser camera is expected to assist drivers in working their way around bends to avoid collisions.
December 8, 2015
Japanese researchers recently created touchable holograms through femtosecond laser technology. Their venture appeared to succeed where other laser technologies failed and burned human skin upon contact.
December 1, 2015
Scientists and the University of Washington have figured out a way that infrared lasers can refrigerate water — which might help us better understand the way that atoms and molecules function.
Energy November 19, 2015
Researchers were able to refrigerate water using laser — a material typically associated with heat production. After years of baffling scientists, the key to cooling liquid things was finally discovered, opening up possible applications to various industrial and medical fields.
Energy November 19, 2015
Researchers suggested that ultra-powerful laser heating materials to 10 million degrees Celsius could create fusion like that occurring in our sun. This technique could bring us closer to fusion reactors providing limitless energy.
Energy November 17, 2015
A team of researchers was able to use a layer of tungsten and a specially made resonator to produce high quality 2D laser. This is a big step in getting closer to developing next-generation photonic devices.
Energy October 27, 2015
Scientists have developed a new diamond laser with a whopping 380 watts of power, which means that it can easily cut through steel. Conventional laser pointers are 20 times less powerful than this newly developed beast.
August 20, 2015
Facebook's unmanned solar-powered aircraft, the Aquila, has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but it weighs less than a car and beams down Internet connectivity from the sky. It has the potential to bring Internet access to the four billion people who currently don't have it.
July 30, 2015
If you thought a 50,000 watt laser shooting a drone out of the sky was cool, wait until you hear this: Japan just successfully fired the world's most powerful laser, which clocks in at two quadrillion watts.
FUTURE TECH July 29, 2015
Scientists have figured out how to insert tiny lasers into cells to track them through the human body. The implications of such research could increase the understanding of certain cells, particularly those associated with cancer.
July 23, 2015
Facebook's Internet.org initiative plans to use lasers to bring high-speed internet to remote areas.
Internet July 2, 2015
New types of silicon were created by researchers in Australia. What could this study mean for the future of electronics?
June 29, 2015
Electricity can now be made to curve through space and even travel around objects. What could be done with this new technique?
June 20, 2015
As it turns out, lasers aren't quite as flashy as 'Star Wars' would have you believe ... but Boeing is about to change that, as the company confirmed it'll be adding sound effects to its systems.
Culture June 3, 2015
Contemplating a laser treatment? The right preparation is essential - hydrated, healthy skin may help prevent post-treatment complications.
Internet Culture May 29, 2015
The random Raman laser could reveal the world of microbes in ways never before seen. How does it work?
May 4, 2015