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Scientists build the world’s first anti-laser

The device, created by a team from Yale University, is capable of absorbing an incoming laser beam entirely.

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Instead they think it could be used in next-generation supercomputers which will be built with components that use light rather than electrons.

are enough for me today. The bad news is that this only absorbs light. It will not stop you from being melted into a puddle by the heat.

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Man Builds Working Star Trek Phaser

Using one of those 12X Blu-Ray laser pointers. IT pops balloons, burns paper, and apparently even makes the sound effect from TOS.