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astronomyGiant Lasers Flash-Freeze and Crystallize Water to Reveal Superionic Structure

Scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) used giant lasers to flash-freeze water into its exotic superionic phase and record X-ray diffraction patterns to identify its atomic structure for the very first time — all in just a few billionths …

air forceUS Air Force Combat Laser Shoots Down Air Launched Missiles

he Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Self-Protect High Energy Laser Demonstrator (SHiELD) used a ground-based version of a combat laser weapon system shoot down of multiple air-launched missiles in flight.

futureBreakthrough Starshot Update #SpaceAccess2019

Peter Klupar is presenting on Breakthrough Starshot at Access Space 2019. Peter reviewed the Breakthrough initiatives, Breakthrough prize, Breakthrough Listen and the Junior Breakthrough challenge. Breakthough Watch looks at exoplanets up to 15 light years away. The

franceNotre Dame Was Rebuilt After the French Revolution and Will Be Rebuilt Again

The spire of Notre Dam was previously destroyed around 1789 during the French revolution. Notre Dam was rebuilt in the 1840s and that rebuilding included a new spire. The good news is that Notre Dam was rebuilt before and it …

directed energy weaponsUS Navy Deploying 60-Kilowatt Combat Laser

In the next two years, the US Navy wants to deploy a 60-kilowatt Helios combat laser aboard a guided-missile destroyer. In 2021, they will install a High Energy Laser and Integrated Optical-dazzler with Surveillance weapon system aboard a West Coast …

future weaponsMegawatt Lasers, Microwave and Hypersonic Weapons

The goal of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, Mike Griffin, is making megawatt lasers, hypersonic weapons and directed energy weapons. Griffin wants * megawatt lasers in space for space control * 75 kilowatts on top of the …