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Could Lasers Protect Seabirds in Hawaii From Power Line Collisions?

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Could Lasers Protect Seabirds in Hawaii From Power Line Collisions?

Source: Hakai Magazine/Ashley Braun - June 16, 2017

When a seabird zipping through Hawai‘i’s night sky hits a power line, you can hear it.

“They make this Star Wars-esque laser sound, like tawong-wow-ow-ow,” says more…

NASA Uses Space Lasers to Learn About the Circle of Life of Arctic Plants

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NASA Uses Space Lasers to Learn About the Circle of Life of Arctic Plants

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle/TN News Service - December 21, 2016

A new study using a NASA satellite instrument orbiting Earth has found that small, environmental changes in polar food webs significantly influence the boom-and-bust cycles more…

Measuring Whale Sharks With Laser Rulers

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Measuring Whale Sharks With Laser Rulers

Source: Discovery News/Tracy Staedter - April 29, 2015

Like Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies, scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation really like freakin’ lasers. But they aren’t using them on ill-tempered more…

Lasers Track Evolution of Icebergs and Ocean Temperature

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Lasers Track Evolution of Icebergs and Ocean Temperature

Source: MIT Technology Review - August 13, 2013

Understanding the temperature of the Arctic ocean and the way icebergs form and melt is hugely important for climate models. A new laser tracking technology more…