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You ever realize that you live some 20 miles away from the world's largest inertial confinement fusion research lab?

I'm not saying I'll get pulled into another universe when a 500 terawatt laser system is tested, but at the same time... practice Out of This World/Another World
So here's the layout. See that big orb on the left? that's where half a gigawatt is funneled into.
Here's what it looks like in person.
And here's what it looks like with Arnold Schwarzenegger standing in front of it, for scale.
and look, I'm not saying they're going to blow up the planet or warp me into another universe, but they named one of the parts THE OMEGA LASER.

Come on, man! that's what you put on your death star.
This is a really terrible tweet.
I mixed up my units: it's half a petawatt, cause gigawatts are less than terawatts.

also, really, who invited Arnold? I mean, yes, he was governor of the state where this thing was located, but he has a bit of history with the kind of thing.

keep him away from the doomsday devices, ok?
Fun fact: though I joke about this thing being a weapon of mass destruction, that's literally one of the things it's being used for.
They're doing tests on the compression of plutonium to simulate what happens inside the core of a nuclear weapon.
Since the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty means the can't simply set off a nuke to test it, they have to make do with lots of high energy experiments like this and a lot of simulations.
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