5 things lasers are used for that will surprise you

5 things lasers are used for that will surprise you

Lasers are an integral part of the technology we depend on every day and their widespread use continue to evolve. But what are lasers really used for? 1. Welding and cutting. Some lasers can deliver thousands of Watts of power, these high powered laser beams can be...
Light, the universe and everything

Light, the universe and everything

In praise of the DIY Telescope Light is fascinating. Without visible light, we are blind and yet, paradoxically, its absence helps us to see the stars at their best. Light is both enemy and friend. Ancient light, recently mapped by the Planck satellite, reveals a...
5 amazing things about fibre optics

5 amazing things about fibre optics

In 2013, the United Kingdom saw its annual number of installed optical fibres grow to 172%. You are most likely to find optical fibres in high speed internet cables, but what are they? Why are they so special and what else are they used for? Here are 5 amazing things...
3 things you probably didn’t know about lasers

3 things you probably didn’t know about lasers

You probably know lasers as a staple of the Sci-Fi genre or as part of a high-tech security system in a heist film, but behind the fantasy there is some interesting science at work. Starting with the name, the word laser is actually an acronym for Light Amplification...