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Weaponized Lasers Coming to A Battlefield Near You...Eventually

Next time Dr. Evil asks his cohorts for a "frickin' laser," they just might be able to give him one; Northrop Grumman, a military manufacturer and defense systems developer, has successfully tested a 100-kilowatt (kW), electric laser for the first time. This weapon is far different from the mosquito-killing laser we talked about last week. The development of this laser is significant because...

Scientists Shoot Down Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes with Frickin' Lasers

Seriously, is there anything a laser can't do? A team of mad scientists in Washington have concocted a system that could essentially eliminate malaria-carrying mosquitoes with lasers, and the whole thing can be built from parts sourced on eBay. The so-called mosquito laser is credited to an idea from Lowell Wood, an astrophysicist who worked with Edward Teller, the "architect of the original plan...

Intel Shops at Sharper Image?

So this may not be breaking news, but we're still wondering what on Earth made Intel decide that the Beamz laser harp was a good way to show off the power of the Core 2 Duo? (No idea what Beamz is? Check out the bizarre demo video here). Why would Intel, a well-respected manufacturer and developer of high tech products, break out this over-priced pseudo-instrument that was even an embarrassment...

Lasers Are the Only Way to Deal With Pirates, Says Homeland Security

Despite what Homer would have you believe, beer is not the cause of, and solution to all of life's problems. According to homeland security analyst, James Jay Carafano, the solution to all life's problems is actually lasers. Carafano, a PhD and Senior Research Fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, has been suggesting for years that the solution to just about every security issue we...

Military to Get Laser Weapons By Year's End

Note: We guarantee there will be no jokes about "freakin' lasers" in this article. Now that we've got that out of the way, word is that the U.S. military will finally get weapons grade lasers by the end of 2008. No joke, the holy grail of a laser-based weaponry is right around the corner, according to Northrop Grumman, a military contractor. Grumman recently tested an electronic laser system...

Laser-Equipped Windshield Aims to Make Driving Easier

Apparently not everyone at General Motors is toiling away in an attempt to get the Volt ready for its 2010 debut, as another sector of the outfit's R&D division is busy creating a windshield that will, at its core, enable us to stop running stuff over. The futuristic glass would utilize lasers, sensors and cameras in order to help drivers see the road's edge better, recognize obstructions...

Ravers Blinded By Laser Light Show Outside Moscow

Attendees at a July 5 music festival outside Moscow received more than a dose of sound as more than 30 people suffered injuries to their eyes from a laser show. The festival (really a rave) was an outdoor event with DJ music and a laser light show. Due to poor weather, a canopy was erected over the dance floor, and the laser show, which should have pointed the lights up into the sky, instead...

Laser Pointers Now Considered Controlled Weapons in Australia

It seems the disturbingly common incidents we've seen in the US relating to improper laser pointer usage and the resulting arrests of those doing the pointing aren't exactly limited to the states. In Western Australia, such offenses have become so common that laser pointers have been classified as a "controlled weapon," meaning improper use could result in a $4,000 AU (about $3,700 U.S.) fine or...

Laser Comb Claims to Cure Hair Loss

We've seen laser combs aimed at restoring lost hair before, but have not heard any inspiring tails of success. That hasn't stopped yet another company from jumping into the market for hair loss cures powered by the same technology that reads your DVDs. The X5 Hair Laser is available only from that bastion of quality products, SkyMall. For $299, 15 points of laser light, supposedly optimized for...

Though Big and Bulky, Mitsubishi's New Laser TV Dazzles

The market for HDTVs is flooded with competing technologies and not to mention perplexing acronyms and abbreviations -- DLP, LCD, OLED, Plasma, SED. Now you can add Laser TV to your list of display technologies to know. Mitsubishi unveiled a 65-inch laser television at an event during this week's CES -- and people at this week's CES show were buzzing about the incredible color and contrast....

New Lasers Help Combat AIDs and Hepatitis

Lasers, once reserved for such mundane tasks as shooting stormtroopers and taking out imperial Tie Fighters, are now being used for more practical (and safer) use in the medical field. New research has revealed a new technique that uses lasers to destroy viruses and bacteria -- including biggies like AIDS and Hepatitis -- without harming the cells of the infected person. Physicists from...

Home Laser Comb Thickens Hair, Sort of...

The home laser revolution is upon us! It's not quite home surgery just yet, but medical lasers that help thicken hair, clear up acne, remove wrinkles, and remove excess hair are finding their way to a drug-store shelf near you. The effectiveness of the low-level or cool lasers is questionable, but many of new laser devices have received clearance from the FDA. The products are very expensive,...