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Looking like a portal to a science fiction movie, preamplifiers line a corridor at the U.S. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility (NIF).

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This July, California-based NIF made history by combining 192 laser beams into a record-breaking laser shot that packed over 500 trillion watts of peak power—a thousand times more power than the entire United States uses at any given instant.

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Holy crap!
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Alderaan.... your end has come.
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we can use this when that big a$$ asteroid comes our way!!
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post #6 of 35
The only thing they will learn is how much more money they need to make fusion happen. For god sakes we are closer to having anti matter power than we are fusion tongue.gif
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The only thing they will learn is how much more money they need to make fusion happen. For god sakes we are closer to having anti matter power than we are fusion tongue.gif

Nah. He3 is better than H2 for fusion and they know it. This is probably just the front story for what they are really researching.
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post #8 of 35
All I can think of is that giant satellite laser from the 007 movie from around 5-8 years ago
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post #9 of 35
This laser is seriously awesome.

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http://www.overclock.net/t/1282797/lp-500-000-000-000-000-watt-laser-shot-fired

Not crying re-post or anything. Cool to see more pictures though.
 
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