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Monday, September 8, 2008

Not just laser tag

Lasers have made news recently at The University of Texas at Austin.

The Texas Petawatt Laser, the world’s most powerful, went on line in August.

Todd Ditmire, director of the Texas Petawatt Laser

Todd Ditmire, director of the Texas Petawatt Laser

It will help researchers recreate processes such as the birth of stars and investigate nuclear fusion.

Earlier, a biomedical engineering professor showed that a laser microscalpel could zap individual cells and leave surrounding cells alone. So much for cancerous cells hiding out among healthy tissue—at least when the microscalpel is
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