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This homemade Death Star has real (deadly) lasers

This homemade Death Star has real (deadly) lasers

Most of us are satisfied with the simple things in life — an R2-D2 teapot, perhaps. Others want something bigger, though, something a little more incredible, and by incredible we mean incredible and dangerous. Enter Patrick Priebe and his homemade Death Star model. At first glance it doesn’t seem like much, but activate its lasers and you’ll find it truly is a miniature version of its destruction-bringing sibling.

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Lasers used to refrigerate water for first time ever

Lasers used to refrigerate water for first time ever

While most people may think of a laser as something that will heat other substances, for the very first time ever one has been used to refrigerate water. Scientists at the University of Washington were able to cool liquid water by roughly 36 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) using an infrared laser. The group has published a study saying that it's the "first example of a laser beam that will refrigerate liquids like water under everyday conditions."

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Lockheed Martin has been testing a jet-mounted laser turret

Lockheed Martin has been testing a jet-mounted laser turret

Late last week, Lockheed Martin announced that it has verified the performance of its laser weapon during almost 60 flight tests over the course of this year and last. The company used an unspecified business jet as its inexpensive testing platform, it said, using it to shoot laser beams from a turret while measuring its performance across all directions. In case you missed it, Lockheed's laser is no joke.

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Skarp Laser Razor gets shaved by Kickstarter

Skarp Laser Razor gets shaved by Kickstarter

It's not unheard of for popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to lay down the banhammer on campaigns that do make it past initial scrutiny. But so rarely does it happen that when it does, people take note. Especially when said campaign is one that gathered $4 million in a show of confidence. Sadly, Skarp's Laser Razor won't be shaving anyone's face or legs any time soon. Kickstarter has just suspended the project, citing violations of its policies requiring campaigns with physical products to have working prototypes already.

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Skarp Laser Razor shaves your mug with freakin’ laser beams

Skarp Laser Razor shaves your mug with freakin’ laser beams

No matter how often you have to do it, I think we can all agree that shaving is no fun. Anyone who has tried different razors knows that shavers and blades are expensive, they cut your skin, and they leave irritation behind that burns all day. Not shaving is the only good thing about being a hipster, if only I could stand flannel. A new razor is on Kickstarter that will eliminate the need for blades called the Skarp Laser Razor.

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Obi ‘smart toy’ projects a laser to drive your pets crazy

Obi ‘smart toy’ projects a laser to drive your pets crazy

A simple laser light is a surefire way to entertain cats (and most dogs), but it gets tiresome for the human operator after a while. As with most thing in life, the old toy has received a modern "smart" update, this one in the form of Obi, a small cylindrical toy that sits on a mantle or shelf and zips a laser around on your behalf. If you want to get in on the action, there's an app to take control.

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Magic Cube is a levitating laser display for your treasures

Magic Cube is a levitating laser display for your treasures

If that levitating speaker has given you a fondness for floating objects, the new Magic Cube will satisfy your showcasing needs. Magic Cube is basically a levitating display, though it also serves just as well as a funky modern decorative piece. The unit is comprised of a large cube-shaped base that houses the technology, and a small saucer-shaped levitating platform upon which you can place an available clear prism, or a small object of your choosing, or both.

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Facebook’s Aquila drone ready to fly, laser Internet soon

Facebook’s Aquila drone ready to fly, laser Internet soon

Hot on the heels of Google's impressive report card on Project Loon, Facebook is also making a similarly impressive update on its own take on how to connect anyone anywhere to the Internet and, of course, to Facebook. As part of its Internet.org endeavor, its Connectivity Lab has focused on developing technologies that will push the boundaries of current network infrastructures to bring the Internet where no cable line has gone before. And now, two of its most important technologies are ready to be put to the test.

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ASU researchers show off first white laser

ASU researchers show off first white laser

Lasers have been around since the 60s and are used in many different applications today. Lasers come in several colors including red and green among others, but one color has eluded scientists until now. A group of researchers at Arizona State University have created the world's first white laser. The team has shown that semiconductor lasers are capable of emitting the full visible color spectrum required to produce a white light laser.

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Japanese researchers fire 2 petawatt laser called LFEX

Japanese researchers fire 2 petawatt laser called LFEX

Researchers in Japan recently fired the most powerful laser in the world called the LFEX or Laser for fast Ignition Experiments. The laser packs 2 petawatts of power into its fast pulse spanning one trillionth of a second. The laser is massive at more than 300 feet in length. The incredibly short laser pulse means that the laser doesn't consume as much power to operate as you might imagine.

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Facebook to beam the Internet from the sky using lasers

Facebook to beam the Internet from the sky using lasers

When your core business is essentially dependent on the Internet, it makes sense that you'd want everyone to have access to the Internet as well. Google has its Project Loon and Facebook has Internet.org. Of course, those are lofty goals, but the question is always "how". Unlike Google's balloons, Facebook will be using satellites, drones, and lasers. Yes, lasers. Mark Zuckerberg has just posted online, on his Facebook account no less, a teaser of what's to come, with lasers being shot from the sky to deliver the Internet, and Facebook, to everyone.

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