Unless you live right next to an active volcano, and in some cases even if you live right next to an active volcano, tapping Earth's nearly limitless amount of geothermal power is not easy. You usually have to drill through...
The National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California is home to the most powerful laser on the planet. It was intended to be developed into humanity's first break-even fusion generator, but it hasn't happened yet, and the new plan is to slow down the pace of fusion research. Again.
We know, the fact that the largest and most powerful laser in the world is now being used for weapons research might not, at first glance, sound like a bad thing. But it is, for two reasons: first, this laser used to be trying to figure out how to make fusion happen, and second, the weapons research does not involve turning it into a laser cannon.
Lasers are the future. Of everything. From food to medicine to rainbows, lasers can do it all. As every science fiction movie ever will attest to, the absolute coolest thing that lasers can do, of course, is blow stuff up, and this is why Boeing is making a truck into a mobile laser weapon system.
Lasers are becoming more ubiquitous in our daily life, which is great for strong proponents of laser tag (who tend to be 11 years old) but not so much for pilots. In fact, people shooting lasers at airplanes and helicopters has gotten so bad, the FBI has created a special task force to deal with it.
You can never have enough lasers in your life. They're already everywhere, of course, but mostly they're off doing practical things, and it can sometimes be hard to justify having a whole bunch of lasers just because, you know, lasers. But now that you can just print them out on virtually any surface with an inkjet, everything can be a laser. Everything.
Someone on Maui has just discovered that a bunch of miscellaneous electronic bits paired with enough tasty tropical fruit can make a laser cannon. One that you can then eat. Will wonders never cease?*
If your security system is at the point where it has to go up against a real thief, it's already lost. The most effective systems are ones that are so good at security that they don't have to do anything , which is why LaserScan works brilliantly even though it does not, in fact, provide any actual security whatsoever.
We're all familiar with lasers, those amplified beams of light that brighten our Motley Crue concerts, scan our groceries and help us not look like such nerds by removing the need for our big stupid glasses. Just kidding; we love big stupid glasses. You know what else is cool? Some all-new room-temperature masers.
In our dreams for the future, lasers are everywhere. They surround us, they bind us, and on occasion (hopefully without any searing pain), they penetrate us. Andrey Kokorin is working hard to extend this philosophy into the kitchen, with his concept for a sort of three-dimensional laser food processor thing called Blitz.