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2010-05-15 08:10:00

Fifty years ago Sunday, a man named Theodore Maiman built the first working laser. The Hughes Labs researcher built something that colleagues at a number of other companies and institutions had been feverishly trying to do for months, even years. Hughes Lab veteran and current Raytheon optics and lasers senior principal physicist, Daniel Nieuwsma, said many people were working with radar and were looking for ways to boost their power. One attempted method was using masers, or microwave...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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