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10-terawatt laser fits on a desktop

10-terawatt laser fits on a desktop

A group of physicists from the Laser Center of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Faculty of Physics of the Warsaw University have teamed up to create a new type of optical amplifier for lasers. The creation of the amplifier has allowed the team of scientists to create a laser producing 10-terawatts of power that is small enough to fit on a desktop.

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NASA to test data transmission using lasers

NASA to test data transmission using lasers

If you could only choose two things to love, it would probably be space and lasers, right? It's your lucky then, because NASA has announced that it will begin testing new communication and data transmission technologies using lasers starting in October. The system will be called OPALS, or Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science, and it "has the potential to change the way data is transmitted from space to Earth."

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Laser 3D-prints tiny spaceship the width of a human hair

Laser 3D-prints tiny spaceship the width of a human hair

3D printers are pretty awesome, but none are quite amazing as this particular one that crafted a tiny spaceship that sits at 125 micrometers long, which is about the diameter of a human hair. The printer that made the spaceship was unveiled at the Photonics West Fair by Nanoscribe, which is a German company that specializes in nanophotonics and 3D laser lithography.

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Scientists discover protons are smaller than previously thought

Scientists discover protons are smaller than previously thought

A team of scientists set out to find the size of protons, and in doing so have upset the current body of literature on quantum electrodynamics. According to the report published in the journal Science, the scientists used a laser to determine that the radius of a proton is smaller than 0.84087 femtometers, a size so small it is hardly comprehensible without something to put it into perspective.

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European Union to spend $900 million on world’s most powerful lasers

European Union to spend $900 million on world’s most powerful lasers

Doctor Evil would be thrilled at what the European Union is set to spend $900 million on. The EU will spend $900 million to build the world's most powerful laser hoping that the technology can destroy nuclear waste and possibly provide new cancer treatments. The project is called the Extreme Light Infrastructure project and the $900 million in funding will be used to build two lasers.

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Wicked Lasers kills iPhone 5 with lasers and a flashlight

Wicked Lasers kills iPhone 5 with lasers and a flashlight

Every time a new gadget launches with lots of pomp and fanfare, there is always someone out there that buys one just to break it. Geeks are good tearing stuff up and over the years it's become a bit of an art form to come up with the craziest way to destroy the cool gadgets most of us lust after. We have seen gadgets ground up in blenders and smashed up in just about any way imaginable.

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Kinect takes center stage in new map making gadget

Kinect takes center stage in new map making gadget

We've seen amateur and professional developers alike do some really cool things with Microsoft's Kinect since the motion control peripheral launched in 2010. Interestingly enough, many of these cool things have nothing to do with video games, but that's another story for another time. The latest in a long line of cool gadgets that put Kinect in the spotlight is a new wearable device that has the ability to make maps in real time.

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