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EU Working On Most Powerful Laser Ever Built 83

Posted by samzenpus
from the that's-no-moon dept.
kkleiner writes "On the coattails of CERN's success with the Large Hadron Collider, Europeans and the world at large have another grand science project to be excited about: the Extreme Light Infrastructure project to build the most powerful laser ever constructed. These lasers will be intense enough to perform electron dynamics experiments at very short time scales or venture into relativistic optics, opening up an entirely new field of physics for study. Additionally, the lasers could be combined to generate a super laser that would shoot into space, similar to the combined laser effect of the Death Star in the Star Wars trilogy, though the goal is to study particles in space, not annihilate planets."
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EU Working On Most Powerful Laser Ever Built

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  • by jd2112 (1535857) on Monday November 19, 2012 @10:41AM (#42026605)
    And referring to it as the "Alan Parsons" project then I'm all for it.
  • by Sez Zero (586611) on Monday November 19, 2012 @10:43AM (#42026627) Journal
    Which group is working on the Extreme Shark Project? And the Extreme Laser Forehead Mounting Project?

    Enquiring evil minds want to know...
  • by Razgorov Prikazka (1699498) on Monday November 19, 2012 @11:03AM (#42026847)
    It will be either the 'sharks with frikkin lasers atached to their head'-jokes, or an accumulation of these people who thought that the LHC would produce micro-black-holes getting all excited about blowing something up. Turning from black hole alarmist to Death Star alarmists.
    I wonder if these people are the same as the;
      - OMG the acidic rain will render the world uninhabitable! We must do something or we are all gonna die!
      - OMG the LHC will end the world with a man-made black hole! We must do something or we are all gonna die!
      - OMG they want to ship radio active waste to the moon! Think about the radiation! Think about the kids! We must do something or we are all gonna die!
      - OMG you drove a car today, according to these models, that will raise the sea level three feet by next Thursday you idiot! We must do something or we are all gonna die!
      - OMG the Mayan calender is going to finish us all! We must do something or we are all gonna die!
      - OMG they want to teach the kids Darwinism! We must do something or we are all gonna die!
      - OMG the Y2K bug! We must do something or we are all gonna die!
      - OMG Ponies!
    These people somehow never get tired of running around, waving their arms in the air like an evil Dervish... Just like some people are never getting tired of sharks / beowulf clusters / does it run Linux / your anus jokes... No matter how funny / annoying (pick one) that is, it is less harmful than the alarmist. So, I would really rather have you picking at the alarmist :-)
  • by somersault (912633) on Monday November 19, 2012 @11:12AM (#42026945) Homepage Journal

    There was a time when the US didn't have such a nasty superiority complex. It didn't last that long though..

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