Meanwhile, in other non-Osama bin Laden related news today, Lasers have come a long way. From vision correction surgery to now saving the disappearing forests of the world.
The destruction of forests ranks as the second leading cause of climate change – after the burning of fossil fuels — accounting for up to 20 percent of global carbon pollution. Until recently, measuring carbon has been too complicated, too costly and altogether inaccurate. An unlikely solution: lasers being shot from planes at 200,000 photons per second. In a nutshell, that’s LiDAR—Light Detection and Ranging.