Video of the Day: Navy Laser Sets Boat on Fire

More

The United States Navy tested out a new toy last week. Using a 15-kilowatt beam shot from a raygun mounted on a warship off the coast of California, officers set a boat on fire. While a 15-kilowatt laser is relatively weak, the team behind the U.S. Office of Naval Research's Maritime Laser Demonstrator program (MLD) said that a chain of units could be linked up to build a 100-kilowatt beam.

"These high-energy rayguns could be used 'at lightspeed precision' to instantaneously wipe out an opposing ship's engines (theoretically leading to fewer human casualties), or even zap incoming missiles out of the sky," according to Techland's Chris Gayomali.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Nicholas Jackson is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In