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Dreaming of Death Rays: The Search for Laser Weapons


High-energy laser on fighter jet

An artist's impression of a high-energy laser in use on a US Airforce fighter jet.

Credit: Nicholas Violoa/Infoscitex/USAFRL

Lasers first emerged nearly 60 years ago, but the idea of using powerful beams of heat or light is hardly new.

From Nature
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