FLUX Beamo revealed: $800 for the world’s smallest CO2 laser cutter

The FLUX Beamo was revealed today as a compact, easy to use CO2 laser cutter and engraver. This machine was made to fit “any” home, office, or classroom at 24.2 x 17.52 x 6.97-inches and puts several high-end features in an affordable package. This device has an 11.81 x 8.27-inch work area and cuts with a diode laser across a … Continue reading

France's new space command considers using lasers to protect satellites

France is considering using lasers to protect its military space assets

France has announced it will expand its military space assets and defend them using systems that may include anti-satellite lasers. In a speech before the Commandement de Défense Aérienne et des Opérations Aériennes (Command of air defense and air operations, CDAOA) at Air Base 942 Lyon Mont-Verdun, the Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly said that the government will spend an additional €700 million (US$780 million) by 2025 to produce new surveillance satellites with self-defense capabilities.

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Powerful new telescope joins the search for possible laser pulses from aliens

A new telescope array is joining the hunt for extraterrestrial civilizations, scanning for flashes of laser ...

Statistically, it's pretty much a given that alien life is out there somewhere, whether that's Martian microbes or highly intelligent life beaming comms through the cosmos. While the Curiosity rover is poking around in the dirt for the former, the Breakthrough Listen initiative is searching for the latter. Now, a new telescope array has joined the hunt, scanning the skies for flashes of laser light that alien civilizations might be giving off.

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NASA green lights upgrade of Apollo era lunar laser experiment

The first laser retroreflector experiment was placed on the Moon by the Apollo astronauts

One of the original designers of a pioneering Apollo Moon experiment is leading an effort to create an upgraded version for future lunar landing missions. A team under professor emeritus at the University of Maryland (UMD), Doug Currie are developing a more accurate version of the Lunar Laser Ranging experiment that was left behind by Apollo 11, 14, and 15 between 1969 and 1971 that allows scientists to measure the distance from the Earth to the Moon extreme accuracy.

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Review: LaserCube, the world's smallest – and first – battery-powered RGB laser projector

The LaserCube: difficult to catch on camera, but the way it makes light dance is absolutely ...

Wicked Lasers' latest gadget is one of the most mesmerizing and compelling toys we've played with in a long, long time. It's also extremely dangerous, powerful enough to pop balloons, etch patterns on wood, and surely fry the odd retina if used incorrectly.

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Review: LaserCube, the world's smallest – and first – battery-powered RGB laser projector

The LaserCube: difficult to catch on camera, but the way it makes light dance is absolutely ...

Wicked Lasers' latest gadget is one of the most mesmerizing and compelling toys we've played with in a long, long time. It's also extremely dangerous, powerful enough to pop balloons, etch patterns on wood, and surely fry the odd retina if used incorrectly.

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Laser tech is set to measure earthquake damage to buildings

A diagram illustrating how the Discrete Diode Position Sensor works

How safe would you feel, going back into a multi-story building that had just been through an earthquake? A new sensor system could allay your fears, as it optically measures how much a building has swayed, and thus how damaged it may be.

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Laser "pinging" shows promise for fast and cheap water testing

The current setup incorporates a laser tattoo removal machine that's hooked up to a fiber optic ...

Looking for impurities in drinking water or other liquids typically involves chemical analysis, which may be time-consuming. Now, however, scientists have created an inexpensive system in which light – that's converted to sound – is used to instantly determine if water is safe to drink.

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