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Scientists Have Developed The World’s First Anti-Laser

Scientists Have Developed The World’s First Anti-Laser

A team of physicists from Yale University has built the world's first anti-laser device capable of absorbing an incoming laser beam. The incoming laser beam is absorbed entirely such that it is canceled out. However, the device is not intended as a defense mechanism against high-power laser weapons but instead will prove useful in next-generation supercomputers built with components using light rather than electrons.

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Laser popcorn cooking is awesome (but time consuming) [Video]

Laser popcorn cooking is awesome (but time consuming) [Video]

You're desperate for popcorn, but you've only got a pair of Arctic Spyder III lasers to play with; can you still enjoy a movie theater style treat? According to WorldScott, the answer is yes, as long as you also have plenty of time on your hands or very little appetite. His video shows that with some patience - we're talking kernel by kernel here - you can create popcorn using just the strength of the two high-powered lasers.

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Airborne Laser Test Bed to Try and Shoot Down Ballistic Missile as Soon as Tonight

Airborne Laser Test Bed to Try and Shoot Down Ballistic Missile as Soon as Tonight

It was a year ago that the United States military first attempted, and ultimately succeeded, in shooting down a ballistic missile with a laser. And now it looks like they are ready to test it again, and they could be doing it as soon as tonight, if sources are accurate. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Airborne Laser Test Bed, which is a heavily modified jumbo jet that has a chemical laser equipped to its frame, will take off from the California coast, and try to shoot down the missile.

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TalkTorque 2 Robot Will be Happy to Guide You Through a Museum [Video]

TalkTorque 2 Robot Will be Happy to Guide You Through a Museum [Video]

Robots. Most engineers and designers bring robots to life to do a certain set of tasks, or interact with humans in a whole new way. The technology therein is usually the main focus of the robot as a whole, but when you've got a robot that looks like the TalkTorque 2, even the fact that it doesn't talk is creepy. The robot's inability to talk is a design choice from those at Japan's Tsukuba University, who believe that the TalkTorque 2 will be able to become a master at human communication without words, and just gestures.

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Bionic Ballerina Features 17 Lasers and LEDs, Dances the Night Away [Video]

Bionic Ballerina Features 17 Lasers and LEDs, Dances the Night Away [Video]

While LEDs can be used in as something as small as as round, magnet-rich flashlight that looks like a deep-water mine, they are better equipped to make normal things, like dancing, look ridiculously awesome in the right situations. The Bionic Ballerina is a classically trained ballerina from Russia named Milena, who has been training to dance since she was only five years old.

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L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector Revealed by AAXA

L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector Revealed by AAXA

The folks at AAXA Technologies presents a version 2 of the world's first laser powered pocket projector. This AAXA L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector improves upon the first by increating thermal efficiency of its PCOS laser light engine. Now only do you get color, this device's three-color laser light source enables it to procude images with fabulous color saturation, always in focus. Sounds pretty neat, yes? Sounds pretty fantastic. This pocket projector combines a "revolutionary" laser light source, proprietary despeckling technology, and an LCoS imager to produce 800 x 600 resolution and 20 lumen output with no pixelation problems.

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Laser-Guided Slingshot is Do It Yourself Project for the Family

Laser-Guided Slingshot is Do It Yourself Project for the Family

As a kid, having a slingshot is one of the coolest things to show off to your friends. Even if it is, usually, just a piece of wood, some rubber, and something small enough that you can fling at some unsuspecting person. The idea is cool, in of itself. But, what if someone decided to make it better? That's exactly what KipKay asked, and then he went about and actually made it happen. So, now instead of a hunk of wood and some rubber, you now have some aluminum chunks, some rubber, and a laser-guided system.

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