toys
Nerf’s New Laser Tag Blasters Ditched the Darts, and I Don’t Miss Them

Over-the-top Nerf battles are a fun and (mostly) painless way to determine who in the office has to buy the donuts this week. What’s not so fun is having to hunt down every last missing dart afterwards. Hasbro’s eliminated that hassle with its new Laser Ops Pro blasters; an updated version of laser tag that might feel like blasphemy to the Nerf name, but actually ends up being more fun than fighting with foam darts. Read More >>

technology
China Claims to Have a Real-Deal Laser Gun That Inflicts ‘Instant Carbonisation’ of Human Skin 

As the US prepares for war in space, China’s bringing the space war home. Its ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle is reportedly capable of hitting a target from a kilometre away, igniting flammable objects, and burning through human skin. And it’s ready for production, the researchers behind the project claim. Read More >>

lasers
Record-Breaking Laser Experiment Could Teach Us About the Cores of Super-Earths

An enormous laser targeted for shutdown by proposed federal budget cuts has just done some record-breaking science in order to understand the centres of faraway exoplanets that scientists call “super-Earths.” Read More >>

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Jaywalking in China Can Get You Hit with a Stream of Water

Law enforcement officers in the city of Daye in China’s Hubei province recently installed five bright yellow posts at one of the city’s busiest intersections. The new instalments come fully equipped with a number of methods meant to deter walkers from committing the unforgivable crime of jaywalking. Read More >>

science
New Room-Temperature Maser Uses Weird Diamond to Succeed Where Others Failed

Scientists have used the same technology that brought us time crystals to create a room-temperature maser—a microwave laser—that overcomes many of masers’ past problems. Read More >>

birds
Scotland Tests Laser Eagle Scarer

Some parts of rural Scotland are lucky enough to have white tailed sea eagles flying about above them, which is lovely for wildlife enthusiasts and tourists. Problem is, crofters who rear sheep in the area are just about fed up with the threat some of these birds pose to their lambs each spring. Hence ultimate tech cureall LASERS to the rescue. Read More >>

crime
Five Years in Prison for Shining a Laser at a Hovercraft

There's a bizarre new law about to hit the books in the UK, one that says you can go to prison for a maximum of five years should you shine a laser pen at a hovercraft. George Orwell never saw that one coming. Read More >>

war
US Air Force Wants to Put Lasers on Fighter Jets By 2021

The US Air Force’s scientific research wing is giving Lockheed Martin $26.3 million “for the design, development, and production of a high power fibre laser,” which it expects to start testing on a tactical fighter jet in four years. Sounds cool and certainly futuristic, but the jury’s still out on whether these weapons have any real tactical value. Read More >>

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You Can Levitate Tiny Diamond Particles Using a Cheap Red Laser Pointer

Did you know a cheap red laser pointer is good for more than just annoying people at the cinema? As YouTube’s Styropyro, aka Drake Anthony, demonstrates, by focusing the beam you can actually use it to lift and levitate tiny specs of diamond dust, similar to how Star Trek’s tractor beams seemingly work. Read More >>

lasers
Biggest X-Ray Laser Gun on Earth Opens in September

Even if you haven’t seen any James Bond films, you’re probably aware that the space laser battle depicted in Moonraker ranks among the stupidest scenes in the franchise’s history. But there’s a new laser gun in town that’s actually good and opening up for business. It is not a weapon. Read More >>

science
Can Lasers Blast Away Those Weird Squiggles at the Corners of Your Vision?

You’re staring at the sky on a sunny day when you notice, in the corner of your eye, a transparent squiggle floating slowly across the blue. You try and focus on it, but it eludes your glance, refusing to be resolved. No matter where you look, the squiggle knows. Read More >>

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This 3D-Printed Contraption Turns Laser Pointers Into Trippy Little Light Shows

Wave a high-powered laser around fast enough, and the human eye will perceive an image in the light trail left behind. That’s how laser projectors that cost thousands of pounds work, but it’s also how this cheap, 3D-printed plastic contraption turns a simple laser pointer into a full-on light show. Read More >>

science
This Laser Printer Creates High-Res Color Images Without a Single Drop of Ink

Anyone with a colour printer knows that selling replacement ink cartridges is the quickest way to become a millionaire. But what if your printer never needed a single drop of ink to produce colour images at impossibly high resolutions? A new laser printer can already do that by etching microscopic patterns onto sheets of plastic. Read More >>

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Watch Laser-Blasted Easter Eggs Become Animated Spirographs

If you thought the funky tie-dye Easter egg designs you created last weekend raised the bar, you’ve got about a year to try and top what Jiri Zemanek of the University of Prague came up with. His Easter eggs feature looped animated designs that look like a Spirograph has come to life. Read More >>

military
Lockheed Martin Has a Laser For the US Army

While everyone complains about the fact that they don’t have a jetpack or a flying car yet, the US military has patiently waited for its killer laser beams. Lockheed Martin says that it will hand off exactly that to the Army in the next few months. Read More >>