Ancient Cambodian city sees light of day with laser technology

A LIDAR photo of the World Trade Center site in New York in 2001. Lidar (light detection and ranging) is a remote sensing technique that uses laser light in much the same way that sonar uses sound, or radar uses radio waves. Photo: AFP

A lost medieval city that thrived on a mist-shrouded Cambodian mountain 1,200 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists using revolutionary airborne laser technology.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 6:51am

China should focus on hi-tech weapons, not plodding old carriers

China should focus on hi-tech weapons, not plodding old carriers

Technology has a clever habit of outdoing fantasy, and this month the US Navy announced that it has finally produced a working Laser Weapon System (the US military has been trying to develop something like this for decades). After proving itself by shooting down target drones in 12 out of 12 tests, the laser will be on board an active US warship by next year, probably in the Persian Gulf, ready to zap Iranian missiles.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 2 comments

Ask the doctors: Lim Kar Seng

Don't worry, laser hair removal is very safe. The laser used for this process targets the hair follicles damaging them and removing the hair with minimal damage to the surrounding skin.

4 Mar 2013 - 10:25am

Chinese scientists create snowfall in a lab

On the sidelines of 'serious' military research, optics Professor Liu Jiansheng accidentally created something he never expected to see in his laboratory: a snowfall.

Playing around with a laser beam at the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Liu and his team triggered a tiny flurry in their lab's cloud chamber.

15 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Body sculpting' gains converts

Once, the only way to remove stubborn fat and cellulite, other than by dietary methods or exercise, was by undergoing liposuction surgery - a bit scary for some but usually a safe and effective treatment.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Buff Body

Biotherm Celluli Laser Scrub (HK$260/200ml)

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Sisley Energizing Foaming Exfoliant for the Body (HK$700/ 150ml)

3 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Laser Photon

If the thought of having to carry your own camping equipment puts you off enjoying the great outdoors, the ultra-light Laser Photon tent is the ideal solution. Weighing in at 740 grams and created by expedition and adventure-equipment specialist Terra Nova, the Laser Photon is the world's lightest tent, according to the company.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Video used in speed gun case questioned

A local expert has challenged video evidence used in the speeding case of tycoon Peter Lam Kin-ngok, saying flaws it highlighted would not occur if guidelines on the use of laser guns were followed.

The video of British experts testing a laser gun showed the devices could make mistakes if misaligned or the laser beams were reflected.

2 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Lasers zap six planes

An Australian state may ban hand-held laser pointers after six planes arriving in Sydney were forced to alter their flight paths.

Beams from four green lasers, which appeared to come from an area just southwest of the city, were directed at planes for 15 minutes late on Saturday in what officials labelled a 'co-ordinated attack.'

31 Mar 2008 - 12:00am


Is closing schools the right move amid the flu outbreak?

I think it was correct for the government to close schools because of the flu outbreak.

Officials had to act swiftly because any delay in shutting schools could have led to a further loss of life.

20 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

3 more drivers follow tycoon in challenging accuracy of laser gun

Three more motorists who were caught speeding on the same day by the laser gun that clocked tycoon Peter Lam Kin-ngok's car have asked police to review their cases.

That followed a similar application from a driver clocked by the same laser that recorded Mr Lam's Ferrari travelling at of up to 114km/h in a 50km/h zone on Lantau.

8 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Variations in speed gun rules unfair, motoring body says

Districts had own versions of laser guidelines, officer claims

Inconsistencies in police rules for the use of laser speed guns were unfair to drivers, a motoring industry representative said yesterday.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Pressure grows on 'fair weather' law-enforcement tool

Inconsistency in police rules for the use of laser speed guns could prompt another wave of requests from drivers for a review of their convictions for speeding, a lawyer has said.

16 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Police put faith in speed guns

Call for a suspension unrealistic: top officer

A call by lawmakers yesterday for the suspension of laser speed detectors - until police can find out if there is anything wrong with their guidelines for using the guns - was branded unrealistic by a top officer, who said the force would continue to use them.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Man caught stealing laser detectors from cars

A man was arrested after a struggle yesterday on suspicion of stealing laser speed gun detectors installed in cars by owners wanting to dodge police speed checks.

He was held after officers from a police taskforce spotted a man acting suspiciously in the car park of Oi Tung Estate, Shau Kei Wan, and later saw him smash a car window and reach inside.

29 Jan 2008 - 12:00am