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Tiny Plasma Blowtorch Doesn't Let Your Teeth Join the Dark Side

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Described as a cross between a lightsaber and Listerine, scientists at the University of Southern California have invented a tiny, world's first, plasma blowtorch that is to be used for medical procedures—specifically in annihilating plaque.

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Although shooting a stream of plasma into your mouth sounds painful, the blowtorch actually works in small pulses, which lets the flame's gasses ionize and cool down a little before they can burn you. So far, dentists have only used this technology to sterilize teeth during root canals, but have a few other ideas on where else to use it—perhaps, in the future, zapping away diseases on your genitals? [R and D via PopSci]

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DISCUSSION

You see, that's what they WANT you to think. In reality, they'll take you to a "safe room" to use this. They'll strap you down, saying it's for your safety. They'll prepare their surgical masks and their latex gloves, and start the device. And you know what?

They won't stop it.

This is exactly why I want to be a dentist.