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perseverance laser

NASA’s Perseverance rover shoots lasers that can vaporize rocks

June 12th, 2021

By now you already know that NASA’s Perseverance rover is an impressive machine. It survived the long journey from Earth to Mars, landed in one piece, and has already explored a small area of the surface while its partner, the Ingenuity helicopter, conducted its flight tests. Now that the Mars 2020 mission is finally entering …

Smart Speakers 2019

Researchers prove iPhones, Android, and smart speakers have a huge security flaw that can’t be fixed

November 5th, 2019

Researchers, including a person who was responsible for discovering the massive Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities that chipmakers and computer makers hurried to patch in early 2018, have discovered a huge security issue that can affect practically every smart speaker from Amazon, Google, or Apple. Apparently, you can use laser beams to target microphones the speakers, …

bennu laser scan

NASA’s asteroid probe shot Bennu with a laser, and this is the result

April 5th, 2019

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission has been steadily progressing since the spacecraft arrived at the diamond-shaped space rock known as Bennu a few months back, but not everything has gone completely to plan. The rock ended up being far more, well, dirty than NASA originally expected. Bennu’s surface is absolutely packed with debris, posing a challenge for …

space junk laser

Russia wants to zap space junk with a huge frickin’ laser

June 13th, 2018

Space junk is a big problem. The amount of trash floating around in Earth orbit has gradually piled up over the decades and we’ve now reached a point where NASA and other space agencies around the world are forced to plan for the likelihood that anything they shoot into space might end up crashing into …

Osaka University Japan Most Power Laser

Japanese scientists fire a 2 quadrillion-watt laser, the most powerful ever

July 30th, 2015

Lasers. They’ve captured our imaginations for decades and were even at the center of one of Dr. Evil’s most beloved running gags in the Austin Powers movies. And now a team of researchers at Osaka University in Japan claims that they’ve fired the most powerful laser in the history of the world for the first time… …

AT&T launches Pantech Laser, thinnest, full-sliding keyboard phone

October 6th, 2010

Today, AT&T introduced the Pantech Laser handset, a device the company is billing as the “thinnest full sliding keyboard phone” on the market. The handset, which measures 9.95 mm in thickness, will have a 3.1-inch AMOLED touchscreen display, full QWERTY keyboard, and 3 megapixel camera. The feature-phone quick-messaging device (sorry, no Android) will be available starting …

Laser vs. plasma: Warming up for the battle royale

November 3rd, 2008

Ok, ok… Let’s not get too excited just yet. It still might be a bit early to reach any real conclusions about laser televisions and how desirable they will be once they hit the market en masse. How will lower-end models fare compared to higher-end models? How will size vs. cost pan out? How high …