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In this episode of the Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics:

A ground-based laser
We've previously discussed the Navy's Laser Weapon System (or LaWS), a solid-state laser capable of burning through drones and small enemy boats with the lethality of a blowtorch. But in the meantime, Lockheed Martin has been hard at work developing a prototype ground-based laser.

Paving the streets with solar panels
With concerns about energy sources and how they affect the environment, it may seem like there is a constant search for something cleaner and more efficient. People are will to try anything, including, apparently, paving a parking lot with solar panels. The idea of utilizing roadways to create energy isn't a new one.

An e-reader fit for the Navy
The Navy recently introduced the NeRD eReader for use on its vessels. You see, the Naval service doesn't allow consumer devices with cellular radios or Wi-Fi on its boats, so most conventional e-readers — like iPads, Kindles, or Nooks — are forbidden.

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