• Can we control where lightning strikes?

    Laser technology offers some tantalising clues.

    Pioneering laser technology could be used to tame lightning and control where it strikes the ground, according to an ...

    Core Sciences November 14, 2020
  • A new spin on atoms

    Strange things happen when they get really close.

    US researchers have developed a way to control and measure atoms that are so close together they are impossible to di...

    Core Sciences November 3, 2020
  • Pushing the laser limit

    Researchers offer a taste of what’s possible.

    Australian quantum researchers have shown it’s possible to vastly improve the coherence of lasers, overcoming a bound...

    Core Sciences October 27, 2020
  • A reflection from near the Moon

    Scientists testing some Apollo-era equipment.

    It’s not quite “ET phone home”, but NASA has finally got a signal from space that it’s been waiting for.Dozens of...

    News August 11, 2020
  • That’s unsinkable behaviour

    Lasers, spiders, ants and air combine in interesting ways.

    US scientists have created a metallic structure they say is so water repellent it refuses to sink – even if damaged. ...

    Physics November 10, 2019
  • Weld done. A new way with ceramics

    Clever use of lasers means no furnace required.

    US engineers have developed a new welding technology for ceramics that could open up a range of new applications for ...

    Engineering August 22, 2019
  • Reflections from a Nobel winner

    Scientists need time to make discoveries.

    Physics laureate Donna Strickland receives the prize from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden during the Nobel Prize award cer...

    Physics February 12, 2019
  • Facility ups top X-ray pulse rate by orders of magnitude

    First results shed light on antibiotic resistance. Andrew Masterson reports.

    X-ray flashes generated every 0.000,000,220 seconds that vapourise tiny crystals grown from a molecule extracted from...

    Physics October 7, 2018
  • Search for ET switches to lasers

    Could photonics provide the breakthrough for alien hunters? Andrew Masterson reports.

    An intricate series of photographs of the Andromeda galaxy is set to be used as a test case to search for extra-terre...

    Technology October 2, 2018
  • German science facility is very flash

    Laser helping researchers see things on atomic scale.

    One is linear and the other circular, one underground and the other outside, one opened just 12 months ago, the other...

    Physics June 28, 2018
  • Super-hot water in less than a second

    Use of X-rays to snap-change water from liquid to plasma.

    If you are sick of waiting for the kettle to boil for your morning coffee then a new technique to heat water with a p...

    Physics May 14, 2018
  • Laser by starlight

    Laser tracking helps astronomers the star behind the twinkle.

    Adaptive optics (AO) measures and then corrects the atmospheric turbulence using a deformable mirror that changes sha...

    Space December 18, 2017
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