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World’s first digital laser unveiled in South Africa

1 October 2013 Last updated at 00:24 BST

Researchers at South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have unveiled the world's first digital laser.

The innovation is regarded as a milestone in laser technology and could spur future laser-related developments.

CSIR researcher Sandile Ngcobo conducted the breakthrough experimental work as part of his PhD studies.

The laser will allow the scientists to digitally control laser beams and shape new ways of developing technology that will improve various aspects of everyday such as faster broadband and medical advancements.

Mike Wooldridge reports from Pretoria.