Friday, March 9, 2007

Things That Make You Go Poof

Solid state LASERs are quickly approaching militarily useful power levels. This is a big deal because the electrically powered LASERs are much easier to deal with than chemical LASERs which currently hold the power output records.

While less sci-fi leaning, the other weapon news from the last couple of weeks is probably more significant. The U.S. government has selected a design for the next generation of nuclear warheads. Because current warheads are quickly aging to the point where the half life of tritium will affect their yeild, watch in the coming decade for them to be refurbished or replaced with new devices.

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