US weapons lab on Friday pulled back the curtain on a super laser with the power to burn as hot as a star.

And as concerning whether the laser energy could aid to solve green energy issue, the lab officials mentioned that the electricity derived from the fusion reactions similar to what takes place in the sun could solve humanity’s increasing demand for green energy.

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The National Ignition Facility’s main purpose is to serve as a tool for gauging the reliability and safety of the US nuclear weapons arsenal but scientists say it could deliver breakthroughs in safe fusion power.

The question remain on how the authoritative party guarantee on the safe usage of fusion power, as growing concern over the misuse of the technology could cause the so called “armagedon nightmare” for rest of the world.

Actor-turned-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in his speech during a dedication ceremony attended by thousands including state and national officials said, “We have invented the world’s largest laser system.”

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“We can create the stars right here on earth. And I can see already my friends in Hollywood being very upset that their stuff that they show on the big screen is obsolete. We have the real stuff right here.” As he continue.

As been reported, the construction of the NIF began in 1997, funded by the US Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).


“Very shortly we will engage in what many believe to be this nation’s greatest challenge thus far, one that confronts not only the nation but all of mankind — energy independence,” said NIF’s lab director George Miller.

Coolest invention in our century? Yours to answer.

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