Laser 'tricorder' can diagnose malaria through the skin

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jun, 2015
by Alex Muller

It's a weapon that fights malaria; a laser scan can give an accurate diagnosis in seconds, without breaking the skin.

Laser Thruster Propels Simulated Spacecraft

Posted in Hardware on 16th May, 2015
by Alex Muller

Laser power is still a long way from being ready for any kind of planetary exploration, but this first test confirms that it works.

Should We Arm the International Space Station With Lasers to Destroy Space Junk?

Posted in Science on 24th Apr, 2015
by Alex Muller

Space junk, traveling up to 10 times the speed of a bullet, endangers spacecraft, and it is very hard to remove.

Lasers could be used to zap hazardous orbital debris

Posted in Hardware on 18th Apr, 2015
by Alex Muller

Orbital debris is becoming a hazard to satellites and other spacecraft, which is why various groups have proposed concepts such as gas clouds, nets and sails for collecting it.

New laser probe identifies brain cancer cells in real time

Posted in Medicine on 18th Feb, 2015
by Alex Muller

An intraoperative handheld probe for cancer-cell-detection enables surgeons, for the first time, to detect more than 92% of invasive brain cancer cells during surgery.