MIT technique can shrink objects down to the nanoscale

The technique can produce structures one-thousandth the size of the originals.

Ultrafast laser bursts generate electricity faster than anything we know

A beautiful example of theory and experiment working together to advance science.

World’s first continuous room-temperature maser open door to new applications

A major breakthrough in physics.

China deems blasting space junk with a laser station is feasible

It’s a super James Bond-esque idea.

New 3D Radar mapping system could revolutionize rescue missions

Capable of mapping environments in 3D and distinguishing between materials, it could help save a lot of lives.

First operational laser weapon set to safeguard US ships from menacing drones

Blowing stuff up at the speed of light.

Computer chip can mimic human neurons using only beams of light

Just MIT doing a bit of light thinking.

Spiders are just like cats: they too like chasing laser pointers

It’s better than Batman.

Sci-fi buffs everywhere, rejoyce! The UK military is developing laser weapons

The prototype should be delivered in 2019.

High-power lasers create ‘smoke rings’ that travel along the beam with the speed of light

Smoke on the light, fire in the sky.

What touching Fairy Holograms in mid-air looks like

Most people would love to a holographic display in their rooms, and seriously you might not have to wait too long for this to happen. Japanese researchers demonstrate how lasers can be used to manipulate holograms.

Forget about razor blades – it’s time to welcome the laser razor

Despite manufacturers have tirelessly designed new types of razor blades for a cleaner shave, the process has stayed virtually unchanged for thousands of years. The difference between a modern razor blade and an ancient roman shaving knife isn’t that large, on a fundamental level at least. This may set to change if the Skarp Laser Razor makes its way into the shaving kit market. The gadget is basically a high-tech razor – named so only by function – that uses a highly focused laser beam instead of a blade.

The world’s most powerful laser weapon — blasts a car from a mile away!

A 30KW high-power laser was demonstrated by Lockheed Martin after it was used to disable a vehicle more than a mile away. One of the great perks of laser weapons is their phenomenal accuracy. To showcase this, the weapon was directed specifically on the hood of the vehicle, where it fried the engine. The beam from the Advanced Test High Energy Asset, or ATHENA, is believed to be most powerful ever documented in a laser weapon.

The world’s most powerful laser could put the Death Star to shame

Japan just powered up the world’s most powerful laser, a monster that shines a 2-petawatt pulse of light. The pulse lasted only one picosecond, or a trillionth of a second, but during this brief time frame the laser definitely concentrated a phenomenal amount of power.

ISS astronauts could use laser cannon to blast off hazardous space junk

Astronauts onboard the ISS may soon get a new “toy” – a space laser cannon to blast off space debris that might threaten the space station. Even a tiny scratch or dent could cause massive problems, and with us putting more and more stuff in space, the risk of damage constantly increases too.

Rice grain-sized laser helps build the first quantum computer

Princeton researchers demonstrated a novel type of microwave laser – called a maser – so small that’s the size of a grain of rice. The laser is powered by individual electrons that tunnel through artificial atoms known as quantum dots.

Laser weapon demonstrated aboard US Navy ship – the weapons of the future

Shells and bullets have evolved significantly in the past couple hundred years since they were first used, but in principle they’ve remained the same – discharge an explosive to propel a projectile. The 21st century might finally make way to a new class of widespread weaponry based on lasers. These are powerful, much more accurate than any explosive projectile and can

Infrared light can be detected by the human eye after all

The human retina can only detect incident light that falls in waves 400 to 720 nanometers long, so we can’t see microwave or ultraviolet wavelengths. This also applies to infrared lights which has wavelengths longer than visible and shorter than microwaves, thus being invisible to the human eye. Apparently, this isn’t entirely true. In some special conditions, the human eye can indeed detect

New camera for ultrafast photography shoots one hundred billion frames per second

High speed photography is no longer a new thing… but then again, it depends what you mean by high speed photography; you likely don’t mean one hundred billion frames per second (100,000,000,000 fps) – but that’s exactly what Liang Gao, Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University means. He and his team have developed the world’s  fastest receive-only 2-D camera. Using the

Coldest atom cloud in the world chills other matter close to absolute zero

For the first time, researchers at the University of Basel used an ultracool atomic gas to cool a very thin membrane to less than one degree Kelvin. The new technique might enable novel investigations of quantum mechanics phenomena and precision measuring devices. Coldest matter in the world lends its freeze In the ultracold world, produced by methods of laser cooling