MajorLasers                                                                                                                                                  laser superior

This laser's just pretty, not powerful: Artist Yvette Mattern's laser rainbow in Whitley Bay, England, earlier this year.

The Extreme Light Infrastructure European Project, funded by the European Union, is developing super-powered lasers 10 times more powerful than any currently in existence. These lasers will allegedly be able to create subatomic particles in a vacuum, “similar to conditions that may have followed the start of the universe.”

The $900 million project is expected to be completed in 2015. Businessweek, which has been following the project stated that researchers believe “the power of the light beams could be used to deteriorate the radioactivity of nuclear waste in just a few seconds and target cancerous tumors.”

Although the prospects of zapping nuclear waste and cancer are exciting, I suspect certain people are more excited about harnessing the power of these lasers to destruct things that are far more worthy of existing.



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