Lasers, Alternate Timelines & Fusion: Our Sci-Fi Future Is Here (Part 2 of 3)

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

We asked an experimental physicist what would happen if a fusion laser was pointed at a person, and it’s pretty wild.

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Why Star Trek Phasers Don’t Exist Yet

“The 21st century has been a real disappointment so far. Our robot servants top out at mediocre vaccums, self-driving cars are years away (and won’t be able to fly even when they do arrive), and we’re closer to inventing tricorders than phasers. A tricorder.”

How Lasers Work

“In NIF, as in most large lasers, intense flashes of white light from giant flashlamps “pump” electrons in large slabs of laser glass to a higher-energy state that lasts only about one-millionth of a second. A small pulse of laser light “tuned” to the excited electrons’ energy is directed through the glass slabs.”

National Ignition Facility provides backdrop for “Star Trek: Into Darkness”

“The makers of “Star Trek: Into Darkness” went boldly where few have gone before when they visited Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility (NIF), the world’s largest and most energetic laser system. With the approval of the Department of Energy, this unique facility was utilized for the first time as a film set.”

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30 comments

Francis Srečko Fabian July 6, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Nero went back in time . . . so . . . why didn't he go to his home planet and maybe, you know, warn them??? I mean he coulda done that. He had 125 years. They could have saved the planet. Nero was a moron.

Luis Valencia July 6, 2018 - 11:31 AM

I think amputated is the word the guy was looking for

ChrisTheAspergerGuy July 6, 2018 - 2:03 PM

The Kelvin didn't fly into the lightning storm. It stopped in front of it before Nero's ship came out of it.

In timpul liber July 6, 2018 - 2:53 PM

Please do a video about subliminal frequencies because it's really interesting

ThexBorg July 6, 2018 - 3:57 PM

She's so smart! Love her mind.

ThexBorg July 6, 2018 - 3:59 PM

the US military have been testing 10, 20, 30 and 50 megawatts infrared lasers since around 2005+
They're testing 60 megawatt on boats at the moment.

Jason Mae July 6, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Phaser vs. Laser??? What's the difference? One Phazes and the other Lazes?

Daniel July 6, 2018 - 5:27 PM

sooo much waffling -_- i wanna do the learns :(

Liquid Plasma Crystals July 6, 2018 - 5:29 PM

KIDS…!

william francis Collett July 6, 2018 - 5:43 PM

A beautiful woman with personality and brains. Thank you Doctor Ma. =)

Steve Hurrell July 6, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Quick question, what's to stop a cascade if the lab succeeds in fusing 2 hydrogen atoms? If the output of energy is more massive than what they put in wouldn't it cause the process to continue?

As for Star Trek aspect of vid, as I understand it photons reference the particles of light. As there r (apparently) smaller particles of light that we can't see, perhaps the new phaser weaponry of the new star treks that seem more fluid are to visualize the elemental particles getting shoved out of the way in an excited (and stunning) 3D guess of how the elemental particles might react…?

Grant Adamson July 6, 2018 - 7:08 PM

WE would have liked to hear from the Physicist. Two chaps trying desperately to be funny and failing. Why why why. Who produced this?

Pablo Pineda July 6, 2018 - 9:14 PM

US PATENS AND Watch "Directed Energy Weapons 101: Sonic, Microwave, Laser, and Non Lethal Warfare" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/TFbhDI6g7tQ

jojo Crapule July 6, 2018 - 11:19 PM

elpsy cogroo

Karabetter July 7, 2018 - 3:26 AM

Wow … these are "science" people … and what, sounds like they have never even seen a CNC laser cutting/milling machine? The "SciFi" guy didn't even seem to know anything about SciFi ???
These two episodes were pathetic. :(

ASAP Mangos July 7, 2018 - 11:39 AM

She's great

dizaintpokemon July 8, 2018 - 6:33 AM

the spastic super fan on the right is ruining this vid
peak

clive harding July 8, 2018 - 4:48 PM

New S.T. sucks! The original & the next Gen cool, but not this multimillion, bratpack BS they peddle these days! Enough is enough

RudeAlert July 10, 2018 - 12:17 AM

Why do they have a host, or co-host, that doesn't know shit about Star Trek??? Also, do they HAVE to constantly talk all at once? I usually like this channel but damn, if this is how their Podcast always is, I'm not wasting any of my time looking it up.

J. C. July 11, 2018 - 8:31 AM

Would you please stop referencing that STD garbage as if it were Star Trek. There's nothing Star Trek about it.

decept387 July 11, 2018 - 9:58 PM

Do a "What are the practicalities needed to actually implement flying cars into our society" video

A T July 12, 2018 - 6:06 PM

I would like this episode more, if the guy on the right would just be quite.

Jason Park July 13, 2018 - 5:12 PM

More Ma. Less Denim.

Sorry.
But the guy was just boring.
I want to hear more from Dr Ma.
Less about Star Trek and more about actual science.

Otakun Franks July 13, 2018 - 9:27 PM

I really wanted to like this series of videos, but these guys barely seem to have watched the movies, let alone being anything close to an 'expert' in Star Trek or like anything they are talking about in these. And I have yet to watch part 3, but so far it hasn't been much of what it advertised. Too bad.
And btw, I'm not gonna say the movies were perfect or anything, but some of the issues they point out could have clear in-universe explanations if they actually knew ST and the 'science' behind it
Oh and not saying I hate it or anything, just a bit of a let down.

Andre Botelho July 15, 2018 - 5:48 AM

Hey again great show but don't wast the talant on silly questions that can be googled. Fyi. When a star goes Super Nova I don't believe it's a exact science on its final moments. This might explain why spok missed his timing. Else. Ask the scientist. Questions about the tech. Not movie plots. You do remember at the end of the day it's about entertainment right. Lol. Cheers.

Jamie G July 15, 2018 - 4:12 PM

I feel like the guy on the right is often picking things from the movies that are questionable, but not questionable in a way that having a plasma physicist present would help. Like, he's brings up a lightning storm in space and, if an astronomer were present, he could ask, "Is space lightning a thing?" But he doesn't even go that route . . .

Maybe he didn't know that Dr Ma would be present or didn't know her speciality? :/

Adrian Krause July 17, 2018 - 10:54 AM

What happened? Used to enjoy this show for its thoughtful insight. Looks like the marketing dept said “we need a larger 5year old audience”. And i am thinking, why are you alienating the audience you already have. …sigh… looks like this one has peaked.

Siobhan Costello July 18, 2018 - 9:09 AM

So much better when Trace covers majority of topics. Not really into the panel format for all 3 videos.

DJ Firewolf July 23, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Hot host

John Weck July 30, 2018 - 5:56 PM

When it comes to Trek, the TV series is the good stuff, not the movies. The movies are filled with ignorant fantasy junk, endless destruction and violence, and crazy versions of the real characters. Except for the label, there is no "Star Trek" at all in the movies. ;)