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Why Star Trek Phasers Don't Exist Yet

The 21st century has been a real disappointment so far. Our robot servants top out at mediocre vaccums, self-driving cars are years away (and won't be able to fly even when they do arrive), and we're closer to inventing tricorders than phasers. A tricorder. Who wants a goddamn medical scanner when you could be blasting baddies with laser force? Read More >>

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Take a (Really) Quick Tour of the World's Most Powerful X-Ray Laser

Yo' coherent light source is so fat, it takes 37 seconds to trace the electron's beam path — in fast forward. Read More >>


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