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Watch Focused Sunlight Melt Steel, Rock, and Anything Else

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Anyone who ever set fire to ants using a magnifying glass: first of all, shame on you! Second of all, you're going to love this. Sunlight, focused intensely enough that it can (and does) burn any material on earth.

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Just how hot does it get in that ring of fire sunshine? Over 6,300 degrees Fahrenheit. Which should be hot enough to handle business when the mutant mega-ants stage their inevitable uprising. [BBC via The Daily What]

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OK, why is this not used as a new form of solar power? put a water container at the focus and you would be able to drive a steam turbine to produce electricity.