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Print Your Own Invisibility Cloak

Duke University researchers are using 3D printers to produce working microwave cloaking materials. They suggest it’s not a difficult step to move toward printing with polymers or glass that might cloak visible light. Do-It-Yourself Invisibility with 3-D Printing – [] Seven years ago, Duke University engineers demonstrated the first working invisibility cloak in complex laboratory […]

1953 – MASER

In 1953, Townes, Gordon and Zeiger built the first MASER (Microwave Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation). It worked by stimulating ammonia to produce a coherent beam of microwave radiation. A few years later, the same principle was extended to create the first LASER which emitted coherent light. PRECURSOR: 1917 – quantum radiation theory (Einstein) […]

Microwave Starwisp Sails

Robert Forward was a physicist, an aerospace engineer, an inventor, a science writer and a science fiction author. In 1985, he published an idea to create ultra-light interstellar probes that used microwave beamed power sails for propulsion. Freeman Dyson had pointed out to him that microwaves could use a sail with a much larger grid […]

1960 – Laser

In 1960, Theodore Maiman operated the first LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) using a small ruby rod, a flashlamp from a camera and a power supply. PRECURSOR: 1873 – electromagnetic waves 1888 – microwaves (Hertz) 1913 – quantum theory 1917 – quantum radiation theory (Einstein) 1917 – radar principles (Tesla) 1934 – […]