Behold the new US star destroyer turbolaser cannon—or just a centrifuge

Cool photo from Sandia National Laboratories of what appears to be some exotic plasma cannon to be installed in the first US star destroyer—until your dreams are destroyed when you read the caption: it's a centrifuge "used to simulate gravity for re-entry situations." » 12/10/13 10:40am 12/10/13 10:40am

This Machine Melts Diamonds For Fun

Pressure that can melt diamond, an electromagnetic pulse that can kill, and enough current to light 100 million light bulbs. Such are the extremes within the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In this image, artificial lightning spread like a wave through Z's 33-metre-wide interior. » 8/06/12 3:46am 8/06/12 3:46am