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Researchers built a laser that can supposedly run forever

June 23rd, 2022

Researchers have managed to create a never-ending laser they say can run forever. Unlike normal light-powered lasers, this laser draws its power from a special phase of matter. The researchers published their findings on the laser in the journal Nature earlier this month. We’ve seen a number of breakthroughs in lasers in recent years, including …

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NASA shot lasers at the Moon orbiter, and one of them finally bounced back

August 12th, 2020

Scientists firing lasers at NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have finally hit a tiny reflective panel on the spacecraft after attempting to nail the mark for roughly a decade. The reflector is part of an experiment to understand why reflectors placed on the Moon during the Apollo missions are returning less accurate data than before.  The …

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‘MOONRISE’ project will use lasers to melt Moon dust

May 29th, 2019

Building a structure anywhere other than Earth is something that has never been done before… at least by mankind. We all like to imagine a colony of settlers eventually taking up residence on a place like Mars, but Earth’s Moon is the much more likely location for humans to construct the first off-world base. MOONRISE …

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Farmers are shooting lasers at birds to save their crops

November 3rd, 2017

Okay, okay, I know the future has, so far, been kind of lame in a lot of ways. Back in the 1950s, everyone assumed that by 2017 we’d all be cruising around in flying cars and taking regular trips to the moon for picnics, but that hasn’t quite worked out. But technology has met its …