Japan Just Fired The World’s Most Powerful Laser, Meaning It’s Time To Freak Out




Nothing good can come of the world having a new “world’s most powerful laser.” Why? Because I don’t know if there’s a superhero capable of stopping the super-villain who will inevitably get their hands on this marvel of science and use it for evil. But until that happens (trust me, it’ll be soon), we can all enjoy the fact that we live in a time when more and more powerful lasers are being created (even though no one’s yet come up with a machine that will both feed me breakfast and shower me while I’m still asleep). Here comes the science behind this laser courtesy of the fine folks at IFSL:

The laser emits a staggering amount of power: two petawatts or two quadrillion watts, which is equivalent to nearly 1,000 times the total of the world’s electricity consumption per second. The energy of the laser beam is so vast that the laser has…

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