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Dr. Evil would be proud of The University of Texas's petawatt laser.
The lasers at night, are big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas

The most powerful laser in the world was announced at the University of Texas at Austin last week. The massively powerful laser is rated at one petawatt and is the only petawatt laser operating in the United States.

A petawatt is one quadrillion watts and when the laser is turned on it generates the power output of more than 2,000 times all of the power plants in America according to Todd Ditmire a physicist at the university.

Ditmire goes on to say that the laser is brighter than sunlight on the surface of the sun when activated. For those wondering how exactly the university keeps from bursting into flames when the laser is on Ditmire says that the laser is activated for a 10th of a trillionth of a second (0.0000000000001 second).

Researchers at the University of Texas plan to use the massive laser to create environments similar to extreme conditions in the universe. The researchers plan to study gases at temperatures greater than those in the sun and solids at billions of atmospheres of pressure.

The researchers also say that they plan to create mini-supernovas, tabletop stars and very high-density plasmas that mimic brown dwarfs. The powerful laser will also allow the study of advanced ideas for creating energy by controlled fusion.

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RE: Pew pew pew!
By PlasmaBomb on 4/9/2008 6:17:04 AM , Rating: 2
Abundant liquid methane (though not any form of petroleum) has been inferred to be present on Titan

It's rather a long way to go for methane...

RE: Pew pew pew!
By 1078feba on 4/9/2008 7:50:05 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, especially when all you'd really need to do is give me a plate of beans.

Kind of gives new meaning to the subject line of this thread, huh?

RE: Pew pew pew!
By Farfignewton on 4/9/2008 4:57:15 PM , Rating: 2
It's rather a long way to go for methane...

It'll be even longer if someone opens a cannister of the "unmistakable odor" they add to it to make it safer.

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