Star Wars “superlaser”: from fiction to science

With a new method of laser conversion, a seemingly sci-fi era of high-powered beams is upon us.

NASA wants to use space lasers for super-fast communication to Mars
Oct 31, 2016

Unlike the instantaneous communication we’re used to seeing in shows like Star Trek, real-life space communication doesn’t really work that way — and that’s a problem as we look to expand our human footprint to Mars and beyond. But NASA thinks space lasers could be the answer we need.

This guy made his own laser bazooka, and it's pretty much everything you'd imagine
Jul 5, 2016

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you tried to turn a BFG into a laser gun? Well, wonder no more.

Lockheed Martin and DARPA attached a laser canon to a business class jet
Oct 19, 2015

The defense research firm Lockheed Martin has figured out how to attach a laser weapon to a business class jet — and it works. So, when the aliens attack, we’ll be able to retrofit jets to help fight off the attackers. Huzzah!

This college student built a 40-watt laser shotgun, and it's absolutely insane
Sep 23, 2015

Lasers are awesome. Laser guns? Even better. A big laser shotgun? That’s about the coolest thing ever.

Japanese scientists just built (and tested) the world’s most powerful laser
Jul 30, 2015

Lasers have been the go-to weapon in science fiction for decades, and now a team of Japanese scientists have created one powerful enough to do some real damage. 

Why Boeing plans to add Star Wars sound effects to its real-life laser weapon
Jun 9, 2015

It might still evoke visions of science fiction, but laser weapons are most definitely science fact — and now Boeing wants to take a page out of Star Wars just to send the point home.

U.S. Air Force wants fighter planes equipped with laser cannons by 2022
May 27, 2015

We might have a while to wait until we get full-fledged space dogfights like those in Star Wars, but the U.S. Air Force wants to give us the next best thing — in less than a decade, to boot.


The first film to be shown via laser beam premieres tonight
Apr 1, 2015

Film projection will take a crazy leap into the future tonight in Hollywood.

This real-life death laser destroyed a truck from a mile away in seconds
Mar 9, 2015

It’s been the mythical weapon of the future for decades, but now it looks like science is finally catching up to the fiction when it comes to lasers.


How NASA just sent the Mona Lisa to the moon (with lasers!)
Jan 22, 2013

We may not be getting a transporter any time soon, but apparently we're starting to get good at shooting information through space with lasers.

OMG! Iron Man fan makes working gauntlet armor that shoots lasers!
Jan 22, 2013

Admittedly, it kind of sucks that we can't make our own Iron Man suit and fly around killing bad guys. But one fan has gotten about as close as anyone to being Tony Stark—and he has his own laser-shooting gauntlet arm-glove to prove it.