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A laser is being developed in Europe that will have the power to rip apart the vacuum of space! So what are they going to do with it?

Plans are currently being drawn up for the Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI). The ELI's goal is to build the most powerful lasers ever to exist—over 10 times as powerful as any existing laser.

With current plans for lasers in Hungary, Romania, and the Czech Republic, the first stages of the project look to be completed in 2017. The group behind the ELI want to make these lasers available to the international scientific community to perform advanced physics experiments.

Their end goal involves developing a 200 petawatt laser that will have the power to pull apart the vacuum of space! This laser will be created by combining the beams of 10 smaller lasers—each more powerful that any currently in existence.

At energy levels as high as 200 petawatts, the usual laws of physics will start to break down, giving scientists a glimpse into the origins of our universe.


The weird Bluetooth logo is really the initials of Danish King Harold Bluetooth, the tech's namesake

Bluetooth is one of the modern age's most wonderful technologies. You might be surprised to know that it was named after a King from a very long time ago. The name comes from Ericcson's—Bluetooth's parent company—Viking heritage.

Legend says that Danish Viking Harald Blatand had a gift for bringing people together and fostering communication. He even united Norway and Denmark as a single territory.

So, since Bluetooth is intended to connect people and allow them to communicate easily, what better person to name it after then Blatand? In English, Blatand translates to "Bluetooth."


Flexible glass was invented around 20 AD. So why have we never seen it?

Flexible glass is a legendary lost invention from the time of the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius Caesar (14–37 AD).

The craftsman who invented the technique brought a drinking bowl made of flexible glass before Caesar who threw it to the floor, whereupon the material dented, rather than shattering.

The inventor then repaired the bowl easily with a small hammer. After the inventor swore to the Emperor that he alone knew the technique of manufacture, Tiberius had the man beheaded, fearing such material could undermine the value of gold and silver.


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This new technology makes records sound like brand new—without touching the record!

A laser turntable is a phonograph that plays LPs using laser beams as the pickup – the way acompact disc player plays CDs – instead of using a stylus as in conventional turntables.

The same audio information is engraved from the shoulder to the bottom of a record groove. Audio information read by the laser is 10 microns below the shoulder. Therefore, the laser is picking up audio information which never been touched or possibly damaged by a needle. It plays the virgin audio information on the groove without any digitization.

The laser reads the audio signal with much greater precision than any needle, making the laser sound quality quite similar to the original music on the master tape.


iTunes had a different name before Apple purchased it.

iTunes has not always been property of Apple inc. This software that seems to never reach it's maximum upgrade has a story that backs all the way to the 1990s.

SoundJam MP was an early Mac OS compatible MP3 player and Rio-compatible hardware synchronization manager that was released in July 1998 and was available until June 2001.

Jeff Robbin and Bill Kincaid developed SoundJam MP with assistance from Dave Heller. Prior to working together on SoundJam MP, Jeff Robbin and Bill Kincaid had worked for Apple in the 1990s as system software engineers assigned to the Copland operating system, a project that was abandoned before completion.

Apple, Inc. purchased SoundJam MP in 2000 and further developed the code to create iTunes version 1.0.



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