Watch the Navy's New Laser Cannon Successfully Fry a Drone 

After months at sea patrolling the Persian Gulf region, the USS Ponce and its shiny new laser cannon have successfully confronted and destroyed not only an unmanned aerial vehicle but also an incoming speed boat and other moving targets—all without breaking a sweat. » 12/10/14 2:40pm 12/10/14 2:40pm

The U.S. Navy's First Laser Cannon Is Now Deployed in the Persian Gulf

After seven years and $40 million of development, the US Navy has finally sent its prototype laser weapon, one capable of blowing holes clean through UAVs, on patrol throughout the disputed Persian Gulf. » 11/17/14 12:52pm 11/17/14 12:52pm

This Industrial Paper-Cutter Sounds Like a Star Wars Blaster

Just listen to this thing. YouTuber Michael Asher's dad has a print shop, equipped with this very scary but totally mesmerizing paper cutter. It zips through a ream of paper like a hot Storm Trooper Blaster through the air around Han Solo. » 8/09/14 7:00pm 8/09/14 7:00pm

This Mortar-Hunting War Truck Just Got a Powerful New Laser Cannon

The Army's High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD) has been under development for some years now, however until this point, it's been little more than a proof of concept. But thanks to a new upgrade to its firing system, the HEL MD can now burn most any incoming threat clean out of the sky. » 12/13/13 2:40pm 12/13/13 2:40pm

Shine On, You Crazy Levitating Diamond Particle

See that tiny green pinprick of light? That's a speck of diamond dust trapped in the grip of a laser beam. And with its help, researchers hope to better understand the border-world between macro and quantum physics. » 8/13/13 5:20pm 8/13/13 5:20pm

Scientists Are Making Oysters Safe to Eat With Electron Beams

You know what's a turn on? Oysters. You know what's a turn off? Vomit. Oysters might be a delicious aphrodisiac, but they have a tendency to be pretty unsanitary and they can make you sick. But researchers at Texas A&M University have found a way pasteurize the bivalves using electron beams, getting rid of some of… » 5/01/13 5:20pm 5/01/13 5:20pm

What Would Happen If Every Single Person in the World Pointed a Laser…

XKCD's hilarious 'What if?' series answers another farfetched question as only they can. The question: If every person on Earth aimed a laser pointer at the Moon at the same time, would it change color? The simple answer: not if it's a regular laser. But if the lasers were stronger... we might just die. » 10/03/12 11:00pm 10/03/12 11:00pm

UK Police Will Squash Rioters by Blinding Them...With Lasers

Paranoid about future unrest after this summer's riots in the UK, the British went and developed a laser rifle which can project a wall of light and temporarily blind a pack of rioters. » 12/12/11 9:33am 12/12/11 9:33am

The Covenant Doesn't Stand a Chance Against This LEGO Anti-Matériel…

Granted, it may not actually shoot anything, but this 10.5-pound, 63-inch replica of Halo's SRS 99 Anti-Matériel sniper rifle is the perfect accessory for your Master Chief costume. Wait, whaddya mean it's already November?!? Check out Obvious Winner for more images. » 11/03/11 8:40pm 11/03/11 8:40pm

Scientists Equip Living Cells With Frickin' Laser Beams

We joke now about laser sharks and laser cats, but what if they were a reality? After reading about scientists who engineered laser-emitting biological cells, I'm fully prepared to welcome a weaponized pet into my family. » 6/13/11 5:00pm 6/13/11 5:00pm

This Guy Built a District 9 ARC Rifle Out of Legos

There aren't many movies in recent history with more badass weaponry than District 9. And of course, badass weaponry inspires people to make their own models—but not with Legos. Legohaulic has done just that and the results are pretty amazing. I mean, normally it's pretty easy to tell if something is made out of… » 5/02/11 9:40pm 5/02/11 9:40pm

Pretty Much What You'd Expect From a Game Called PewPew

It looks a whole lot like Geometry Wars, which is one of the highest compliments we can give a game. PewPew for Android features four game modes of laser-blasting enjoyment, and best of all? It's totally free. [Android Market via Appolicious] » 2/22/11 11:00pm 2/22/11 11:00pm

Potentially Dangerous $12,000 Laser Cannon Mysteriously Disappears

Click to viewA two-foot long laser cannon—complete with its bright yellow protective case—disappeared from a truck in Denton, Texas recently. It's not weaponized, but its owners, the local authorities, the FBI, and the FAA are definitely concerned about it. » 1/27/11 10:00pm 1/27/11 10:00pm

The Appgun Turns Your iPhone Into an Augmented Reality Rifle Sight

Who's actually using their iPhone to call people? I'm not! And in an effort to help the iPhone better serve its true purpose—you know, a wacky augmented reality gaming machine—we now have the Appgun. Pew pew. » 1/27/11 11:40am 1/27/11 11:40am

Non-lethal Laser Weapon Is the Latest Defense Against Pirates

Pirates! They're everywhere, huh? On the high seas, in the theaters, on the Internet. The ocean-dwelling ones better watch out though, pun totally intended, because a new non-lethal laser weapon aims to blind them into thinking twice about that booty. » 1/09/11 10:00am 1/09/11 10:00am

Malaysia Defeats Indonesia Thanks to Laser-Shooting Soccer Fans…

As soon as the team took to the pitch, they were bombarded with lasers to the point where they literally walked off in the 54th minute. No, this wasn't Tron, dear readers, it was a soccer match. With laser pens! » 12/26/10 2:00pm 12/26/10 2:00pm

Where Star Wars Got Its Pew-Pew

For anyone who's ever taken the a stormtrooper's laser blasts or the roar of the Millennium Falcon's engine for granted, you should watch this immediately. » 12/14/10 5:20pm 12/14/10 5:20pm

How to Spot an Undead Trekkie

Set your phasers to overkill and bring ensign Jimmy along as a decoy while we follow a band of fanboy survivors as they escape the horrors of GulfCon, site of the worst undead Trekkie outbreak this side of Fortune City. » 10/31/10 4:05pm 10/31/10 4:05pm

Even a Non-Gamer Would Struggle to Resist the Mag Gun Controller

Even as someone not very prone to gaming, I'm attracted to the idea of the Mag Gun controller. It works with multiple consoles, has logical controls, and looks like it'd make a first-person shooter the highlight of an afternoon. » 8/26/10 11:40pm 8/26/10 11:40pm