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Supersonic laser-propelled rockets

Scientists and science fiction writers alike have dreamt of aircrafts that are propelled by beams of light rather than conventional fuels. Now, a new method for improving the thrust generated by such laser-propulsion ...

dateOct 29, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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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? ...

dateOct 22, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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New light on the 'split peak' of alcohols

For scientists probing the electronic structure of materials using a relatively new technique called resonant inelastic soft X-ray scattering (RIXS) in the last few years, a persistent question has been how ...

dateOct 14, 2014 in General Physics
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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 ...

dateOct 07, 2014 in Engineering
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Nanotech process makes heat-resistant dyes

You may have heard about the hazards posed by pranksters who shine laser pointers at airplanes during takeoff or landing. One way to keep those beams of concentrated light from blinding pilots is to incorporate ...

dateOct 03, 2014 in Materials Science
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