Doctor Evil would be positively giddy at the thought of strapping the laser that has set a world record at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to the head of the shark. The laser at the National Ignition Facility set a world record for the highest power laser shot in history using a collection of beams. The collection of beams delivered over 500 trillion watts of peak power.
There are laser pointers, and then there are LASER pointers. Wicked Lasers certainly makes the latter with some of the most powerful handheld lasers you can buy anywhere. The company even has some lasers that are powerful enough to blind satellite sensors in orbit, and others can burn things and pop balloons. A geek has taken one of those Wicked Lasers powerful handheld units and used it to try to set a Guinness world record.
The geeks over at Wicked Lasers routinely create some of the most powerful laser pointers in all the land. Some of these lasers are so powerful they can blind the sensors on satellites in orbit and set things on fire. If you've been looking at the new lasers the company comes up with and wondering when they're going to attach them to the head of a shark, your wait is over… mostly.
The braniacs over at MIT have come up with a way to manipulate the way a laser travels through a regular fibre cable, projecting it in any direction as opposed to the regular linear path. The new technology could potentially be used to create a glasses-free 3D experience close to perfection, as well as battle cancer.
Dr. Evil will really like this new development by team of scientists at the Menlo Park SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The team has created the world's first atomic x-ray laser. The project resulted in the shortest, purest x-ray laser pulses ever achieved. These x-ray laser pulses were created when the researchers aimed the SLAC Linac Coherent Light Source at a capsule filled with neon gas.
There is lots of research around the globe that focuses on lasers and their application. The laser is being investigated for all sorts of uses, including weapons. Some of the research that involves lasers aims to recreate conditions of all sorts that involve high temperatures and exotic matter.
Clearly the times have gotten as strange and terrifying as they're going to get over in the UK and police forces are testing laser rifles that are capable of firing a three meter "wall of light" that temporarily blind anyone who glances upon it. While this may bring up images in your mind of everything from your favorite first person shooter to Magic: The Gathering cards, you should know that this is being reported to be completely non-lethal. This weapon will cost £25,000 per unit and was designed by a former Royal Marine Commando who intended it for use against Somalian pirates. The image you see below this paragraph is not an accurate representation of what the rifle will look like, but a rendering of it's current iteration IS inside this post a bit lower down.
The speed of the camera sensor is virtually unfathomable to my mind. MIT has created a new imaging solution that is capable of taking photos at a trillion frames per second. That number is mind boggling and very hard to comprehend until MIT puts that enormous speed into perspective. The photographic system shoots so fast that it can actually visualize the propagation of light.
RED looks set to show off its much-rumored 4K laser projector in its first public demo, with the camera company's RED Studios Hollywood running a demo reel on the new kit for a military-themed "RED Ops Night." Described as an event "to educate and expose the most cutting edge Red technology to military personnel involved in all areas of media and public relations" the show takes place in Los Angeles tonight.
Should Dr. Evil ever have the need for an implanted medical device like a pacemaker, pain med pump, or insulin pump he will love this. Researchers looking into batteries that last longer for these implanted devices have hit on a discovery that may allow the devices to harvest power from a laser. This would allow the recharging of the medical device battery without having to cut the person open and place a new battery into the device.