This DIY Solar-Powered Death Ray Can Even Melt Metal

Burning ants with a magnifying glass is a long-accepted childhood pastime and possible indicator of sociopathy. But when Kevin Moore and Grant Reynolds at the Science Channel got the idea to more effectively harness the sun's destructive heat, they decided to go big...like 1,5oo degrees Fahrenheit big. » 2/15/15 11:00am 2/15/15 11:00am

Inventing the Death Ray

We're pretty obsessed with the idea of a death ray. After all, we constantly see these weapons of mass annihilation in movies, read about them in books, and run from them in nightmares. But why haven't we invented one yet? » 2/02/11 10:40pm 2/02/11 10:40pm

Teen Glued 5,800 Mirrors Onto Satellite Dish For SOLAR DEATH-RAY

There's something very incongruous about Eric Jacqmain's video where he demonstrates a solar death-ray with the intensity of 5,000 suns (or so he claims)...backed by plip-plop music you'd normally find in a day-spa. » 1/31/11 5:00am 1/31/11 5:00am

Obama Commands Mythbusters Crew to Fire Ancient Solar Death Ray

Fringe right wing conspiracy theorists are aren't delusional! Obama is planning to take over the nation, starting with a December appearance on Mythbusters, asking the team to ready Archimedes' solar ray. He's bummed he won't get to shoot it, though. » 10/18/10 4:32pm 10/18/10 4:32pm

Las Vegas Hotel Has Unique Hair-Singeing "Death Ray" Tourist Trap

Most Vegas hotels have some kind of a shtick. From half-scale Eiffel Towers to skanky pirate-wenches, the city is a veritable playground. Vdara Hotel, however, went too far with its death-ray, which its management refers to simply as a "hot-spot." » 9/27/10 5:00am 9/27/10 5:00am

Why Tesla's Death Ray Was Never Made

Once upon a time, there was a great deal of talk about Nikola Tesla designing a charged particle beam weapon dubbed as the Death Ray. The machine was never actually made though and this letter explains why. » 7/14/10 11:20pm 7/14/10 11:20pm

Update: Oops, the MEDUSA Mind Control Ray Gun Will Actually Kill You

The MEDUSA crowd control ray gun we reported on earlier this month sounded like some pretty amazing-and downright scary-technology. Using the microwave auditory effect, the beam, in theory, would have put sounds and voice-like noises in your head, thereby driving you away from the area. Crowd control via voices in… » 7/26/08 10:00am 7/26/08 10:00am

Death Ray Machine Does What Jesus Could Not

For this week's retromodo installation, we're looking at the Death Ray Machine, (awesome name). Apparently, the device was put together by a Cleveland scientist, and its abilities were only showcased in a one time display to members of the National Inventors' Congress at Omaha, Nebraska. The Death Ray Machine was… » 1/27/08 7:00pm 1/27/08 7:00pm

Kick-Ass Death Ray on the Way, Uses Antimatter

Those mad scientists are at it again. David Cassidy and Allen Mills, a couple of propellerheads at the University of California, Riverside are using the stuff of science fiction, antimatter, to create gamma ray lasers they say could be a million times more powerful than the lasers we're using to watch Blu-ray discs.… » 9/20/07 10:15am 9/20/07 10:15am

BROTRON: Robots That Aren't Really Robots

Click to viewThere is no bigger tease that robot art. It's like hopping inside a Ferrari, hitting the gas and realizing that there is no engine inside. But then you remember: it's owning a Ferrari gets you laid, not driving one. (Or so we understand). » 3/17/07 6:40pm 3/17/07 6:40pm