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August 2010 Newsletter

LaserFest

Comic-Con!

Spectra the Laser Superhero was a hit at the largest convention in the Western hemisphere: San Diego Comic Con! Over 125,000 fanboys and girls were in attendance at the San Diego Convention Center, many of whom came disguised as their favorite superhero or villain. The APS Spectra and Nikola Tesla comics were a popular change of pace among the troves of mainstream comic book, sci-fi, TV and movie studio swag.

The crowd, including more than a few celebrities, was genuinely excited to see Physics represented in comic books. Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons was happy to walk away with a LaserFest LED pin!

Matt Groening, creator of the Simpsons with a LaserFest pin!

We've secured a spot for next year's convention, so make sure to get tickets early and witness the insanity for yourself!

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SpectraSound

All too often a great dance party is ruined because the stereo is far off over yonder. Well never let that happen to you again. We at LaserFest present you with SpectraSound - the device that uses laser modulation to transmit your music across the dance floor... or all the way to NGC 5194. SpectraSound is perfect for the home, classroom, lab and parties!

Preferred by laser DJs around the world, SpectraSound will have all the Bboys and Bgirls popping and dropping. Use your hand or a comb to create baby scratches, chirps, flares, scribbles and more!

As part of the 50th anniversary of the laser, LaserFest created a kit called SpectraSound that allows you to transmit sound from your music player through a laser pointer to speakers across the room or further. With mirrors, you will be able to send your music anywhere! All you need is a music player (iPod, cassette player, transistor radio...etc.), 3 AAA batteries, and an amplified speaker system (most stereos with an AUX input will work). For mobile LaserFesting-on-the-go, we recommend the mini amplified speaker from Radio Shack.


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Call for LaserFest Submissions

Interested in hosting a LaserFest event? Any event that you can relate to LaserFest, however large or small, can be advertised through our events calendar! If you have completed an event on your own (or with aid from a 'LaserFest on the Road' grant), please take a minute to complete our short event report form. By letting us know about your activities we can quantify our impact and improve future programs.

Also, if you have any pictures, video, writings or other media from your activities, please send them along to laserfest@aps.org. Our website will have a section devoted to these soon!

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USA Science Festival

Mark your calendars for the USA Science Festival- October 10th through 24th on the National Mall in DC. It's mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation's youth in science, technology, engineering, and math by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings in the United States.

The organizer, Larry Bock, has given us a 30' X 10' space on October 23rd and 24th which we'll turn into a halloween/laser-themed haunted house. We'll have various color glow-in-the-dark laser writing (with associated colored lasers), a laser fountain, colored jello to demonstrate total internal reflection, and other scaaary science demos.

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PhysicsQuest 2011

Registration for PhysicsQuest 2011 will open Friday, August 20th!

Would you like to continue to follow the adventures of laser Super hero Spectra? This year students will learn about force and motion as Spectra tries to stop General Relativity from accidentally destroying the world. Register for a free kit containing all the equipment needed to complete four fun physics experiments as well as a manual with tons of background information and a comic book featuring Spectra. All materials are FREE to the first 3000 teachers!

Did you participate in PhysicsQuest 2010? We would love to hear about your experience! If you are interested in giving a talk about PhysicsQuest at the upcoming American Association of Physics Teachers meeting in Jacksonville, FL, let us know. LaserFest always loves to hear about how you are using our materials.

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Download LaserFest Wallpaper

Wallpaper Instructions for LaserFest desktop wallpapers:

Mac and PC users have the option to download our desktop wallpapers and use these as background images on their computer desktops.

PC:

  • Open the wallpaper image by clicking on the link to the appropriate size, depending on the resolution of your computer monitor
  • Once the wallpaper image has opened, right-click on the image with your mouse and choose "Set as Background"
  • The wallpaper image should now be set as your desktop background

Mac:

  • Open the wallpaper image by clicking on the link to the appropriate size, depending on the resolution of your computer monitor
  • Once the wallpaper image has opened, you can drag the image to your desktop
  • From the Apple menu, select "Control Panels" and then select "Appearance"
  • Click the Desktop tab and drag the wallpaper image onto the sample screen
  • Click "Set Desktop"

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In This Issue:

  • Comic-Con
  • SpectraSound
  • LaserFest Event Report Form
  • USA Science Festival
  • Physics Quest
  • LaserFest Wallpaper

LaserFest Posters

Request LaserFest posters for your Classroom or Lab. Discover the answers to these "laser teaser questions" on the LaserFest website.

posters


Reminders

Make sure you register your LaserFest events on our website, so they can be posted on our Events Calendar.

The LaserFest website recently underwent a makeover! Check out the new layout and content at http://www.laserfest.org


Did You Know?

Low energy lasers are often used in acupuncture instead of needles.


Support LaserFest

To make LaserFest a truly spectacular event, we need your help! Organizations, individuals, or corporations who contribute to the exciting LaserFest projects and programs planned for 2009-2010 are ensuring that the wonders of the laser and the importance of scientific innovation will reach the public to the fullest extent.

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LaserFest Welcomes New Partners

LaserFest is proud to announce our cooperation with new sponsors and partners. We greatly appreciate the contributions of Infinera Corporation, AT&T Labs, Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, CVI Melles Griot, and Newport Corporation, and would like to thank the Laser Institute of America, Russian Academy of Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, Universidade Federale de Pernambuco, China Institute of Communications, Indian Institute of Technology, Academia Mexicana de Optica, IESL-FORTH, University of Rochester Institute of Optics, Acoustical Society of America, Optical Society of Korea, IEEE Communications Society, Optical Society of India, Nour21, Vienna University of Technology, and Swisslaser, all of whom have recently declared their support. Thank you!

LaserFest partners and sponsors linked on our support page

Reminders

Watch Lasers go to work in Art and Entertainment on our new, extended videos page!

Keep up with the latest cutting-edge laser news

Did You Know?

A 10-pack of Wrigley's chewing gum was the first product logged in a grocery store by a BarCode scanner, on June 26th 1974. Eight years later, Billy Joel's 52nd Street became the first album to be etched onto a compact disc for CD players' lasers to read.


Support LaserFest

To make LaserFest a truly spectacular event, we need your help! Organizations, individuals, or corporations who contribute to the exciting LaserFest projects and programs planned for 2009-2010 are ensuring that the wonders of the laser and the importance of scientific innovation will reach the public to the fullest extent.

Learn More »

LaserFest Welcomes New Partners

LaserFest is proud to announce our cooperation with new sponsors and partners. We greatly appreciate the contributions of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and would like to thank SPIE Professional, Europa Science, HRL Laboratories, Tunisian Physical Society, Institue of Photonics and Nanotechnologies, Advanced Photonics Research Institute, 50 Years in the City of Light, Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics, Italian Society for Optics and Photonics, Northern Illinois University, Physical Society of Hong Kong, Physical Sciences Inc., CIOP, Kimathi University, Laser Research Institute, SLAC National Accelerator Lab, the College of William&Mary, Institute of Physics, University of Pavia, American Chemical Society, Universidad del Valle, and the Festival della Scienza, all of whom have recently declared their support. Thank you!

LaserFest partners and sponsors linked on our support page

 



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