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July 03, 2007

Wizard Eye: Drone UAVs May Be Launched Via Ballistic Missile, Reaching Surveillace Site Within 60 Minutes Anywhere In The World

Cool news, but then, everyone freaks at the idea of using ballistic missiles for just about anything.

Plus: Magic Missile! Battlefield lasers -- almost here?

It's a problem of power -- it's been assumed you need at least 100 kw of power to do anything useful, destruction wise, with a laser. A power level not easily obtained.

But now they think they can get serious punch out of 10-20 kw lasers, using "fiber lasers" directed through (I guess) optical cables rather than through crystals or chemicals.

"It is," Project Crossbow team leader Chris Knight said, "like lasing a stick of dynamite."

Wait. I think I'm mixing up reality with Real Genius again. I do that a lot.

Although, seriously, God does sometimes tell me to stop playing with myself.


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