This "news" report from CNN, no less, has way too many things wrong with it, I don't even know where to start. For posterity, I'm going to copy it wholesale, and I'd love to have someone from CNN tells me to take it down so that I can tell them what a stupid job of reporting they have done.
I mean, where do you even begin? The title itself is glaringly wrong! "Laser beam" can be any EM radiation. This means that even x-ray can be a laser. That's what has been done at SLAC's LCLS, where they have generated x-ray lasers using FELs! Oy freaking vey!
Laser beam may one day replace X-raysResearchers at the University of Colorado have made a breakthrough that may one day help doctors detect disease earlier and with more accuracy.Based on the hypothosesis of Dr. Tenio Popmintchev, researchers have created a laser beam by adding 5,000 photons together. Previously, two photons were typically used to create laser beams. This is the first time so many photons have been successfully added together.
The result is a more efficient and easier to set up X-ray, according to Dr. Margaret Murnane.
"If we can push this further, and we don’t know how far into the X-ray region we can push this technology, there's a chance we can change your doctor or dentist's X-ray device to a laser version." Murnane said.
"The image would be much crisper. It could really get high resolution X-rays so you could detect disease much earlier."
But that is still a while away - possibly around 10 or 20 years guessed Murnane.
In the meantime, the breakthrough sheds light on how heat flows in very small devices, which may allow scientists develop more energy efficient data storage devices, better understanding of solar energy harvesting and better nano electronics, "so your laptop doesn't heat up so fast," Murnane said.
Read the comments accompanying this article. They are unanimously condemning the horrible quality of this article.
CNN should be ashamed of themselves for putting out such garbage in plain sight.
Edit: If you want to more a more accurate report of this work, check out this link.