Laser

Most Anticipated Blockbuster Films of 2015

Laser Weapons Could Be Closer Than You Think

Finally, the laser weapons we saw in Star Wars are closer to reality than ever before, and they could change everything we know about fighting a war.

04/13/2015

Charles Townes. (UC Berkeley)

UC Berkeley Nobel Laureate, Laser Pioneer Charles Townes Dies At 99

Charles Hard Townes, a UC Berkeley emeritus professor who invented the laser and won the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics, died Tuesday at the age of 99.

01/28/2015

An artist's rendering of the planet (NASA)

Planet Formation Re-Created In Lawrence Livermore Lab

Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are using lasers to create the pressure and temperatures needed for planet formation as a way to calculate how bodies in our solar system have evolved.

01/22/2015

(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Lasers, Chemical Soup Used To Re-Create What May Be Life’s First Spark On Earth

The researchers zapped clay and a chemical soup with the laser to simulate the energy of a speeding asteroid smashing into the planet. They ended up creating what can be considered crucial pieces of the building blocks of life.

12/09/2014

A person shined a laser pointer at Chopper 5 while covering a fire in East Palo Alto on February 14, 2011. (CBS)

Man Indicted On Charge Of Shining Laser At CHP Helicopter

An 18-year-old Oakland man was due to be arraigned in federal court on Sept. 5 on a charge of shining a laser pointer at an airborne California Highway Patrol helicopter in June.

08/29/2014

A person shined a laser pointer at Chopper 5 while covering a fire in East Palo Alto on February 14, 2011. (CBS)

Central Valley Man Sentenced To 14 Years For Pointing Laser At Police Helicopter

A Central California man convicted of pointing a high-powered laser at a police helicopter was sentenced Monday to spend 14 years in federal prison, a term prosecutors believe to be among the region’s longest for such a crime.

03/11/2014

A person shined a laser pointer at Chopper 5 while covering a fire in East Palo Alto on February 14, 2011. (CBS)

Laser Strikes Chopper 5 Over East Palo Alto

A person shined a laser pointer at Chopper 5 while covering a fire at a nearby veterans home Monday night.

KPIX 5 | CBS San Francisco–02/15/2011

A laser light pointer aimed at an airplane in flight. (AP graphic)

Defendant Faces Stiff Punishment For San Jose Laser Incident

Santa Clara County prosecutors appear to be getting serious about cracking down on people aiming laser pointers at aircraft. One such suspect is facing a sentence of 25 years to life in prison under California’s three strikes law.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–01/31/2011