Everything is bigger in Texas– even lasers.  If you had any inclinations to “Mess with Texas,” here is one more reason to reconsider, Scientists from the University of  Texas at Austin, have constructed the world’s largest “operational” laser. Wired Science reports that the laser's output tops a petawatt, which is a quadrillion(1,000,000,000,000,000) watts of power and for one-trillionth of a second is 2,000 times more powerful than all the power plants in the United States. Now, that is big, even for Texas. The laser, which was funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration, sits in a basement laboratory under the Physics department at the university. Physicists, plan to use the terrible might of this laser to recreate astronomical events such as Supernovae on a miniature scale, so that they can be studied here on earth. Mikael Martinez,the laser's project manager, tells Wired: "You'd have to go out into space and hang out with an exploding star to observe what we plan to observe here in Texas." No word on whether Texas physicists plan on using the data gathered from this project to create an alternative universe for Texans to live in, "The stars at night are big and bright, deep in a Lab in Texas!!!”

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