We here at IIA are big supporters of innovation — heck, it’s part of our name — but this story from CNN seems just plain nuts:
Livermore, California (CNN)—Scientists at a government lab here are trying to use the world’s largest laser—it’s the size of three football fields—to set off a nuclear reaction so intense that it will make a star bloom on the surface of the Earth.
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s formula for cooking up a sun on the ground may sound like it’s stolen from the plot of an “Austin Powers” movie. But it’s no Hollywood fantasy: The ambitious experiment will be tried for real, and for the first time, late this summer.
The scientists working to
destroy life as we know it develop the massive laser hope that by capturing the energy emitted from their tiny star they can solve the world’s energy crisis. Stay tuned…