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Superman’s Heat Vision Inspires Ocular Lasers

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AUTUM C. PYLANT, NEWS EDITOR, [email protected]

In the classic comic-book narrative, one of Superman’s many powers was “heat vision,” an ability to store solar energy in his eyes and emit it in fiery optic blasts, which were graphically depicted as lasers. As with so much of yesteryear’s science fiction, the ability to shoot laser beams from one’s eyes has now come one step closer to reality. Using semiconducting organic polymers, a research team at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland has developed an ultrathin membrane laser that could be used for new applications in security, biophotonics, and...Read full article

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