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DeLorean Inventor Had Plans For A Laser Combustion Engine

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delorean engineBefore this post, I didn’t know much about engineer John DeLorean, other than that he developed a number of cars, including one featured in one of the best movies of all time. He also had a colored history that included a trial for trafficking cocaine, which he managed to overcome by proving entrapment. But what do you expect, the guy was born in Detroit. (Kidding! I grew up in Michigan and would never speak ill of the mitten!) Anyway, his engineering prowess extends past the Pontiac series and his iconic winged car. Turns out that Mr. DeLorean had some pretty crazy ideas — namely, a design for a cutting-edge engine with a laser ignition.

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Scientists Levitate Diamonds With Laser Light

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laserScientists are just showing off now. Of all the ridiculously cool stuff they’ve been up to lately, like making self-assembling, flying robots and anti-matter guns, they can now levitate diamonds using lasers.

Unbeknownst to most of us, light has the power to move particles, especially if focused to a tiny point. Scientists from the University of Rochester published their findings from an experiment in which a laser light exerted a pull on diamond nanocrystals. The process is called “laser trapping,” and the University of Rochester scientists were able to use this method to levitate nanodiamonds in free space.

They sprayed an aerosol of dissolved nanodiamonds into a small chamber, where they moved directly into the laser’s path. “It takes a couple of squirts, and in a few minutes we have a trapped nanodiamond,” researcher Levi Neukirch said. “Once a diamond wanders into the trap, we can hold it for hours.”

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A Laser Gatling Gun: Science Fiction Villains Beware

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laser gatling gunImagine this: two arch-nemeses face off, one packing an anti-matter gun, the other armed with a six-laser Gatling gun. In the spirit of the Old West, they walk ten paces away from each other, turn, and have at it. Who wins?

The answer: everyone. Because this scenario could now actually happen.

We already have a desktop anti-matter gun, and now, Patrick Priebe, founder of Laser Gadgets, has created a prototype laser Gatling gun. Priebe encased six blue Spyder 3 Arctic lasers (a class-four laser that can start fires across a room, and whose beam is bright enough to be seen from space) and one green aiming laser in a futuristic shell that looks more like a small rocket launcher than a gun.

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Drop Your Kid Gloves for This Functional Iron Man Gauntlet

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You don’t have to be a superhero to want to live like a superhero. Toy manufacturers have long since dug their hooks into the psyches of children aiming to ape their favorite characters. The giant fists that came out when both of the Hulk movies were released? Those things were responsible for minutes of fun and enjoyment. I had the plastic Batman utility belt as a kid, and my innovation to it was replacing a lost Batarang with a “Non-bat-shaped thing that doesn’t ever come back” creation of my own.

Laser gadgeteer Patrick Priebe runs Laser Gadgets and is responsible for some really cool shit, like working representations of the Gauss gun from the Fallout series, as well as wrist-bows and flame-gloves. His latest creation is Tony Stark-raving genius: a working Iron Man Gauntlet. Granted, they’re nowhere near as destructive, and we wouldn’t recommend trying to take on The Mandarin or anything. But the laser does get hot enough to pop a balloon, so maybe you could surprise the shit out of Justin Hammer before using a real weapon to take him down. Check out the mostly wordless video below to see how other people spend their spare time. For that extra bit of flair, do as I did and picture him hovering in mid-air using a pair of jet boots, the existence of which hasn’t been shared with anyone yet.

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Homemade Nintendo Laser Gun: Now You’re Playing With Power

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Back in the earliest days of the console wars, Nintendo decided to make its play for the hearts and minds of children by making their Nintendo Entertainment System available with two accessories guaranteed to make any 10-year-old boy drown in his own lust-saliva. One was a robot, which was unfortunately pretty useless. The other, however, was a frigging laser gun! Okay, so it just let you shoot fleeing cartoon ducks but that was still pretty damn cool in 1985. Thankfully the folks at North Street Labs decided to make many a childhood dream a reality. They took an old-school NES gun and fitted with a real freakin’ laser than can set stuff on fire. Oh yes.