This cloud-zapping laser could help scientists create a quantum internet

A fast-pulsing beam creates a tiny shock wave to dispel water droplets in the air

Laser satellite illustration

PIERCE THE CLOUDS  A shock wave from a high-powered laser (illustrated) can cut a tiny path through cloud cover. The technique could allow a second laser to transmit data to an orbiting satellite.

Xavier Ravinet/UNIGE

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