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A 'Star Wars' laser bullet

Action-packed science-fiction movies often feature colourful laser bolts. But what would a real laser missile look like during flight, if we could only make it out? How would it illuminate its surroundings? ...

Oct 22, 2014
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Superhuman vision

All through his childhood, Ramesh Raskar wished fervently for eyes in the back of his head. "I had the notion that the world did not exist if I wasn't looking at it, so I would constantly turn around to see ...

Oct 07, 2014
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Laser pulse turns glass into a metal

For tiny fractions of a second, quartz glass can take on metallic properties, when it is illuminated be a laser pulse. This has been shown by calculations at the Vienna University of Technology. The effect ...

Aug 26, 2014
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Laser light needs more bass

They shed light on atomic and molecular processes: ultrashort laser pulses are required to study extremely fast quantum phenomena. For years, scientists have been trying to tune the shape of light waves so ...

May 21, 2014
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