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Researchers at a California National Lab will soon attempt to start self-sustaining fusion reactions using the world’s largest lasers. If it works, it could be a first step on the road to abundant fusion power.
Now complete, the National Ignition Facility could soon create controlled fusion using lasers.
New materials from MIT could power laser weapons or give hybrid cars jackrabbit acceleration.
Transferring the state of separated ions could point the way to quantum computing.
NASA is developing optical sensors for safer touchdowns.
A system that detects gusts before they arrive reduces wear, boosts output.
GE Global Research is developing terabyte discs and players that will work with old storage media.
A tiny lens integrated into semiconductor lasers promises better portable chemical sensors.
A new kind of semiconductor terahertz laser works at room temperature.
A new method melts away tiny defects in nanostructures.