The Laser Beam 1,000 Times as Powerful as the U.S.

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    For all the heady talk about the misleadingly “deific,” recently confirmed quantum specks named after a Scottish physicist, another kind of historic event has transpired: in a shot fired on July 5, a record-shattering laser beam generated more power than the U.S. does at any single instant.

    Read more: Powerful Laser Shot Offers Hope for Self-Sustaining Energy | Techland | TIME.com

    And while electricity produced by sustained, controlled fusion reactions may not be commercially viable, well, ever, depending on who you talk to — some say 30 to 40 years; others say indefinitely, given the technical challenges of putting star stuff in a container — the July 5 laser shot appears to be a major step forward.

    “NIF is becoming everything scientists planned when it was conceived over two decades ago,” said NIF director Edward Moses of the July 5 shot. In January 2012, Moses predicted that fusion ignition would happen “in the next 6 to 18 months.”



    Read more: Powerful Laser Shot Offers Hope for Self-Sustaining Energy | Techland | TIME.com
     
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    Now dem Chinamens got ray guns...
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    China Has Started Shooting Drones Down with “Laser Beams”
    November 3, 2014 ~ Something tells me that China may have put Dr. Evil in charge of drone control as the country has now started shooting drones down with lasers. And no, I’m not kidding.. China has today revealed its first anti-drone laser weapon which can bring down a drone in a matter of seconds after locating the target. Crikey.
     
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    And we continue to pour science dollars down the AGW rat hole
     
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    AGW won't matter during the next world war....
     
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    "If only to see a five gigawatt laser fire - just once!"

    "That would be nice."

    "Uh, what would ya use that for?"

    "Making enormous swiss cheese?"

    Our tax dollars as work. Making new devices for cutting the cheese. :)
     
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    Frank, it's okay if threads exist where you don't jump in to make a stupid pouty comment that has nothing to do with the issue.
     

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