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NASA launches advanced laser device into space to measure Earth’s changing polar ice (VIDEO)

NASA just launched the most advanced laser device of its kind into space to measure changes to Earth’s polar ice in unprecedented detail. The instrument, called ‘Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2’ (ICESat-2), will measure the average annual change of land ice covering Greenland and Antarctica to within the width of a pencil, capturing 60,000 measurements every second. “The new ...

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Russian space agency plans to incinerate space junk with powerful laser beam

Russian space agency Roscosmos has unveiled its plan to shoot down space debris from a junk-littered low-earth orbit with a three-meter laser ‘cannon.’ If the tests are a success, the method will ensure safer space exploration. The technology is being developed by scientists at the Research-and-Production Corporation Precision Systems, which is a subdivision of Roscosmos. In its report to the ...

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Laser beams that shoot from your eyes could soon be a reality (GRAPHIC PHOTO)

Superman could shoot laser beams from his eyes, as could the X-Men’s Cyclops – though he had trouble keeping it under control. Researchers from the University of St Andrews, however, have the superpower very much in their grasp. The research group has created an ultra-thin membrane laser using organic semiconducting polymers, similar to the films which activate the pixels in ...

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‘We’re very excited’: US Navy to test laser weapon on warship

A newly built US amphibious warship will test out new laser weapon technology as early as this coming fall, replacing an earlier tested $ 40 million laser. The new USS Portland warship, currently en route to San Diego, California, to be commissioned, has been chosen to host the new laser weapon technology created by the Office of Naval Research. The ...

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‘Underpinning UK prosperity:’ New facility opens in Hampshire to develop & test laser cannon

Published time: 26 Nov, 2017 09:21 UK arms giant QinetiQ has opened a new ‘center of excellence’ for the development and testing of cutting-edge laser cannon. The new facility, named Dragonworks, will be an operational playground for lasers designed for the military. Among other things, the facility in Farnborough, Hampshire boasts a dedicated clean room for assembling laser weaponry, as ...

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WARNING TO IRAN: US launches laser weapon tests in Persian Gulf

The £31million ($ 40m) Laser Weapons System (LaWS) is now operational on the USS Ponce, an amphibious transport ship commanded by Captain Christopher Wells. Capt Wells told CNN: “It is more precise than a bullet.  “It’s not a niche weapon system like some other weapons that we have throughout the military where it’s only good against air contacts, or it’s ...

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Iranian missile boat attempts to 'blind' US pilots with lethal laser as tensions escalate

In what appears to be a show of strength, the boat pointed a laser at a US Marine helicopter which was monitoring a series of US warships – two Navy warships and a cargo ship – leaving the Persian Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, a US defence official confirmed. The Iranian boat reportedly came within less than ...

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