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Time Lapse Of An Airport Makes Aeroplanes Look Like Shooting Stars

Video: Aside from going through security and lugging around your carry on and rushing to the gate and avoiding human swarms, aeroplanes are magical places. OK, maybe not. But there’s beauty in how they operate. Just watch this ballet of aeroplanes at Shanghai’s airport. It’s like seeing man made shooting stars.


Making Faster Optical 'Cables' Using Nothing But Lasers And Air

Pulses of light are the absolute fastest way to transfer data (because nothing’s faster than light), but old school fibre optic cables can only go so many places. Scientists have a new idea: use high-powered lasers to make a column of low-density air that can carry a light signal just as well as a normal cable. Yes, fibre optics made of thin air.


Scientists Use World's Largest Laser To Recreate Jupiter's Core

It is not pleasant inside the core of Jupiter — or any other planet for that matter. However, gaining a better understanding of what’s going on in there is key for understanding how these planets form. That’s why a team of scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently used diamonds and lasers to recreate those very conditions.


Hawaii Uses Lasers To Scare Endangered Birds Away From Power Lines

Hawaii has a bird problem. They keep crashing into power lines and dying. While that’s not so grim when pigeons are involved, the situation gets more serious when the birds are endangered. And many of the species in Hawaii are. That’s why they’re busting out the lasers.


Nice Try, Vegans: Plants Can Actually Hear Themselves Being Eaten

While it’s still unclear whether or not plants can actually feel us sinking our teeth in, one thing is for certain: You can be damn well sure they’re hearing it.


US Navy Wants To Mount An Anti-UAV Laser On A Hummer -- A Hummer!

The Office of Naval Research has just announced another breakthrough in its efforts to bring laser-based weapons to future battlefields. What once could only be accommodated by a tractor trailer now fits neatly in the back seat of a Humvee. It’s only a matter of time until our armed forces march off to war with GI Joe-style laser rifles.


These Revolutionary Optics Could Make Battlefield Lasers A Reality

Weapons that shoot light rather than bullets are quickly becoming a reality, however their huge bulk and even larger energy consumption still demand that they be mounted on vehicles such as battleships and tractor trailers. But thanks to this newly developed optics system from the US Army Research Lab, tomorrow’s battlefields could soon be crowded with light guns.


NASA's Using Space Laser To Download Video From Orbit At Gigabit Speeds

NASA’s latest data download just covered way more distance, and contained way more awesome, than any earthbound file transfer: the agency beamed a high-def video down from the International Space Station this week using a high-powered laser. Go ahead and give your WiFi router a good stern look.


Monster Machines: Scientists Invent A Laser That Fires Electrical Charge, Not Light

Researchers at the University of Michigan have just stumbled upon the most important development in laser research since the invention of the semiconductor diode in the 1950s. It promises to create a new class of lasers that use 250 times less energy than today’s, and that’s not even the craziest part.


Scientists Create A Supernova In A Lab Right Here On Earth

Scientists at the Vulcan laser lab in the United Kingdom have used three high powered light beams “focused on a carbon rod target not much thicker than a strand of hair”to create a supernova right here on Earth — a tiny supernova, but a supernova nonetheless.