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World's Deadliest Laser

June 17, 2010, 7:02 AM
"'Wicked Lasers' new handheld super laser could threaten human existence and the world as we know it, according to the manufacturer," says the Christian Science Monitor. "An ultra-powerful handheld laser that looks like a lightsaber from Star Wars can cause permanent eye damage and even set skin ablaze, according to its manufacturer, Wicked Lasers. The Hong Kong-based company bills the new device as 'the most dangerous laser ever created.' The laser is accordingly raising eyebrows in the blogosphere and in safety circles alike. 'There really is no need for an individual private citizen to use [this laser] because it is way too powerful and unsafe,' said Gus Anibarro, education director of the Laser Institute of America in Orlando, Florida."
 

World's Deadliest Laser

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