U.S. Navy controls inventions that claim to change "fabric of reality"

Inventions with revolutionary potential made by a mysterious aerospace engineer for the U.S. Navy come to light.

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  • U.S. Navy holds patents for enigmatic inventions by aerospace engineer Dr. Salvatore Pais.
  • Pais came up with technology that can "engineer" reality, devising an ultrafast craft, a fusion reactor, and more.
  • While mostly theoretical at this point, the inventions could transform energy, space, and military sectors.
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A brand-new blue may be the most eye-popping blue yet

Meet a spectacular new blue—the first inorganic new blue in some time.

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  • Combine yttrium, indium, and manganese, then heat and serve.
  • The new blue was synthesized by chemists at Oregon State University.
  • YInMn Blue is the latest character in the weird history of the color blue.
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    Scientists use chaos to build the optimal laser beam

    Researchers find a way to distort laser light to survive a trip through disordered obstacles.

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    • Lasers are great for measuring—if they can get a clear view of their target.
    • In biomedical applications, there's often disordered stuff in the way of objects needing measurement.
    • A new technique leverages that disorder to formulate a custom-made, optimal laser light beam.
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    Japanese researchers hope to launch a satellite made of wood in 2023

    The satellite would burn instead of becoming more space debris.

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    • Orbiting around Earth are hundreds of thousands of bits of space debris.
    • Some of this stuff comes plummeting down eventually, but not enough of it.
    • Wood satellites would burn up in the atmosphere without falling on anyone or anything.
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    MIT's extremely precise new atomic clock can help detect dark matter

    Researchers from MIT invent a highly accurate clock using quantum entanglement that can lead to new physics.

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    • Scientists from MIT create a new, extremely precise atomic clock that uses quantum entanglement.
    • The researchers employed ytterbium atoms and lasers for their technique.
    • The wide-ranging applications of the accuracy of these clocks can aid in the search for dark matter and new physics.
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