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How a parrot wearing aviator goggles could teach robots to fly better

Researchers at Stanford University are using a parrot equipped with 3D-printed goggles to learn lessons about birds in flight. The findings may help inform a future generation of flying robots.
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Researchers train subjects' brains to experience less pain

Could listening to a piece of audio on your headphones, or popping on a head-up display, make you more tolerant of pain? Research coming out of the U.K.’s University of Manchester certainly suggests so.
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Check out this awesome laser-based 'holographic' display on Kickstarter 3:06

Check out this amazing device, which its creator calls the world’s “first commercially available, laser-based desktop ‘holographic’ display.” It's available on Kickstarter right now.

Built-in Wi-Fi has nothing on this new DSLR control with light, sound, and laser triggers

From light to sound, this new Kickstarter aims to give photographers an all-in-one triggering solution for DSLRs. Setting up lightning shots is no problem, and with a built-in laser, the CamBuddy Pro isn't a one-trick pony either.
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A 1,000-watt laser blasting rust off of pipes is absolutely mesmerizing

Portable laser cleaner created by Belgian company P-Laser promises to blast away rust, heavy paint, and grease in the coolest way ever. Suddenly deep-cleaning looks a whole lot more enticing!
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Like a glowing Etch-a-Sketch, LumoPad lets you draw with light

LumoPad lets users draw with light by using an effect called phosphorescence, in which a material absorbs light and then re-emits it over a prolonged period of time.
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More life for Moore’s Law? Vortex laser may enable more powerful computers

Researchers in the U.S. and Italy have unveiled a tiny laser which emits a beam of light in a corkscrew pattern, which could be used to convey 10x the amount of information of modern optics communication systems.
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A DIY laser bazooka is the most terrifyingly awesome thing you’ll see today

“I get a lot of good comments from people who love this kind of thing, but also some negative ones from people who think I’m crazy and that I’m going to blow myself up,” creator Drake Anthony tells Digital Trends.
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Weaponized drone swarms will meet their match with this 60-kilowatt laser

Drones, whether alone or in groups, are difficult to spot when approaching, tough to follow on radar, and cannot be easily shot down using conventional weapons. To combat this potential threat, Lockheed Martin is developing a…
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A helicopter-mounted lidar system let archaeologists map an ancient Cambodian city

With the special laser mounted on the underside of a helicopter, archeologists working on the project were able to compose maps revealing the massive scale of religious temples and other buildings belonging to the Khmer Empire, which was…

The new gaming mouse from Tt eSports packs a crazy 16,000 DPI laser sensor

Tt eSports has added a new gaming mouse to its Level 10 lineup that packs a laser sensor capable of 16,000 DPI. It also has honeycombed-based ventilation to keep your hand cool during long marathons.
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US Coast Guard fines Washington man $100,000 for shining a powerful laser at a ferry

A Washington state man who aimed an industrial blue laser at a ferry pilot house was fined $100,000. Felony charges are pending for this repeat offender who previously used a laser on police and at a beach party.