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China Boasts New Star Wars-Style Laser Gun For Their Police Force

Science fiction just became reality!

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Aside from the lightsabers, Star Wars most popular weapons are probably the blasters. Han Solo has one and the Stormtroopers do, too. It’s a simple yet iconic weapon that everyone has grown to love. Admit it, you’ve dreamed of blasting those laser guns since you were a kid!

Now authorities over at China no longer have to dream about it since the weapon just became a reality for them. According to reports, the country has developed a new portable laser weapon that can “zap a target from nearly a kilometer away.”

Meet the ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle!

Source: via SCMP

A South China Morning Post article tells us that the weapon “produces an energy beam that cannot be seen by the naked eye” which can cause “instant carbonization” of human skin and tissues.

Furthermore, a scientist said that this laser gun is capable of “burning through clothes in a split second” which means the person wearing a flammable fabric will be set on fire.

“The pain will be beyond endurance,” added the researcher who participated in the weapon’s development and field testing at Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Xian Institute of Optics and Precision Mechanics.

The weapon has often been compared to the blasters used in the Star Wars movies.

Source: LucasFilm

The 15mm caliber laser gun, similar to an AK-47, has an 800-meter range. The weapon is now being prepared for mass production and will initially be distributed to the Chinese Armed Police anti-terrorism squads.

Meanwhile, another researcher remarked that because the firearm uses invisible frequency and is completely soundless, “nobody will know where the attack came from. It will look like an accident.”

Built by tech company ZKZM Laser, the ZKZM-500 can fire over 1,000 shots and is powered by a recheargable lithium battery pack.

Source: via SCMP

Currently, the company is looking for a partner to begin production and it is estimated that each unit will have a price tag of 100,000 yuan (US$15,000). ZKZM Laser assures production will be closely monitored to ensure that only Chinese police and military get the weapons.

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Student Invents ’Airbag’ That Automatically Protects Your Phone When You Drop It

This is the end of cracked phone screens!

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Dropping your precious smartphone and seeing its screen cracked can be a big headache. Although there are possible solutions to the problem, prevention, as they say, is always much better than cure.

This is exactly what we get from a groundbreaking invention that recently gained viral attention online. 25-year-old Philip Frenzel, a master’s student from Germany’s Aalen University, created a “smartphone airbag” that saves your device from damage when you drop it.

The “mobile airbag” (or “active damping” case) detects when your phone is falling.

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To End Malaria, Bill Gates Donates $4 Million To Create Mosquitoes That Destroy Each Other

It sounds like a strange idea but the tech mogul is absolutely serious.

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Bill Gates of Microsoft recently made headlines after declaring that he will be donating about US$ 4,000,000 to fund a project that will hopefully put a permanent stop at malaria for good. According to the news, Gates is aiming to create killer mosquitoes that destroy each other through the insects’ mating time.

It sounds like a strange idea but the tech mogul is absolutely serious. In fact, he is using money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and he hopes to eliminate the deadly disease “within a generation.”

Bill Gates plans to create genetically-modified male mosquitoes that will mate with female mosquitoes.

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July 27 Blood Moon Predicted As Longest In The 21st Century— And Will Mark Doomsday?

The upcoming blood moon has everyone talking and it’s not just because it’s the longest total lunar eclipse in 100 years.

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The moon will turn red on July 27 and 28 in this year’s second total lunar eclipse. While it may not be as rare as the “super blue blood moon” in January, it has its own special characteristics that caused news about it to go viral online.

One month from today, the Earth’s natural satellite is expected to undergo a total eclipse. But that’s not the best part yet.

The rare super blue blood moon in January became a spectacle, but the July lunar eclipse will steal the show

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