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How energy loss can make lasers more intense - Futurity

Scientists have demonstrated a more effective—yet counterintuitive—way to boost the intensity of lasers.


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Understanding quantum tunnelling

Quantum tunnelling sounds like science fiction, and does indeed feature quite often in the genre. But it is real, and plays a role in nuclear fusion, chemical reactions and the fate of the universe. Here’s how it works<p>The recent claim from Stark Industries Lockeed Martin that a compact fusion …

This Revolutionary New Reactor Could Change Civilization As We Know It

<b>The news:</b> For years, nuclear fusion has been the holy grail of alternative energy: Unlike fission, which splits atoms to create energy, fusion is the …

You'd be lost without your 'mental compass' - Futurity

Scientists used a set of four virtual museums to better understand how people use geometrical relationships to orient themselves.

Video: Solar eclipse on October 23

Weather permitting, almost everyone in North America will be able to see the partial solar eclipse this Thursday.<p>A total eclipse is when the moon …

Why is the Sun Yellow and the Sky Blue?

Who Loves LED Lights? The Nobel Committee -- And Flying Insects

This love affair has the potential to disrupt a number of insect ecosystems.<p>Humans love their LEDs. So much so, they’re winning Nobel Prizes in physics. Given their electrical efficiency and long lifespan, these remarkable light-emitting diodes are being used more and more as primary light sources, …

How movie-makers read your mind

Investing in movies and TV is always a gamble, but technology that reads your desires is helping shorten the odds of producing a hit, says Colin Barras.<p><b>Why is there such interest in finding new ways to gauge audience reactions?</b><br>Why wouldn’t there be, when a film like Disney’s The Lone Ranger …

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What is a hurricane?

Hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones are powerful tropical storms that cause billions of pounds of damage every year and kill hundreds. Here we look at what they are<p>The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo are due to hit Britain this week, while Tropical Cyclone Ana narrowly missed Hawaii last weekend. In …