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FIRE THE LASER!
It sounds like something out of Dr. Evil’s lair, but not so. Scientists in Europe are planning to construct the most powerful laser ever. From the Daily Telegraph

“Capable of producing a beam of light so intense that it would be equivalent to the power received by the Earth from the sun focused onto a speck smaller than a tip of a pin, scientists claim it could allow them boil the very fabric of space – the vacuum.

Contrary to popular belief, a vacuum is not devoid of material but in fact fizzles with tiny mysterious particles that pop in and out of existence, but at speeds so fast that no one has been able to prove they exist.

The Extreme Light Infrastructure Ultra-High Field Facility would produce a laser so intense that scientists say it would allow them to reveal these particles for the first time by pulling this vacuum “fabric” apart.”

I know what you’re thinking: WAAAAAAAAH?

We like to think we’re pretty up on technology, but trying to even fathom what a device like this is capable of is beyond belief. Like that big particle exploder thingamajig and the technology ghost town being built, we’re suckers for big-box science stuff.

But is it just me, or does anybody else think building something that could “tear the fabric of space” could wind up being a bad thing? What if some scientist points the thing in the wrong direction, like that guy in “True Lies” who blew himself out the back of that truck on that really long bridge?

This laser is scheduled to be completely by the end of the decade and cost more than a billion pounds. That’s like a trillion dollars. And yet, an iPhone 4S battery can’t last more than a few hours. Maybe we haven’t come that far, after all.

Read the Telegraph’s article for all of the details about this miraculous new piece of technology.

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