back to article The answer to faster wireless is blowing in the wind

If you make enough hot air, it'll act as a waveguide for optical signals and behave something like an optical fibre. Don't, however, stick your eye in the beam. To create the “air waveguide” described in this paper at Arxiv, the boffins from the University of Maryland were letting loose at least enough heat to burn paper, …

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Dueling reporting: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/07/23/laser_beams_set_to_replace_fibreoptic_cables/

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Must be some weird quantum optical effect. Wave - article duality?

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No, just plain old refraction.

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Wave - article duality

Or maybe Jasper and Richard are each others' antiparticles? Have they ever been in the same room together?

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Does scaling it up mean increasing the amount of heat you're dumping into the local environment? At some point that has got to give diminishing returns, if it doesn’t cause you the equipment to combust first.

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scaling up

If you fire a big enough laser at someone, at some point they are going to perceive a message in there

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Joke

it's all hot air

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