Northrop Grumman Tests Out New 13.3 kW ‘Gamma’ Laser Cannon

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From Star Wars blaster rifles, to lightsabers, and photon torpedos, the idea of using a laser as a weapon has certainly been popular in the realms of science fiction. In reality though? The idea has always been one that scientists have been receptive of, but too many limitations have, up until now, kept it from truly being used beyond medicine and industry.

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BAE to fight pirates with laser cannons

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No, their not going to get some sharks and mount frickin laser beams on their heads. Instead, it seems that BAE Systems has developed a non-lethal laser that will act as a “deterrent” against pirate attacks on commercial vessels, like the ones that usually serve as targets for the aforementioned Somali pirates (and others of that ilk).

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UC Berkeley team creates indoor 3D laser mapping technology… in a backpack

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At UC Berkeley, the same team behind 3D views of major cities on Google Earth has created a mapping technology “that scans its surroundings and creates an instant 3D model”. The device takes the form of a backpack, where an array of lasers, cameras, and an Inertial Measurement Unit all combine to form a final […]

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