Whether or not you’re a fan of Star Wars, I think we can all agree that lightsabers are just about the coolest sci-fi invention evah. In which case, be prepared to shriek like a little girl and soil your britches:
…I can’t decide if it’s more important researchers at MIT and Harvard have just managed to create a previously unobserved form of matter by getting photons to bind together into molecules, or the fact that the result is basically a real-life lightsaber.
It goes on to talk about how it could also lead to a breakthrough in quantum computing or solid crystals made of actual light. Blah blah blah, yeah yeah yeah…get on with it because I WANT A FREAKING LIGHTSABER.
“It’s not an in-apt analogy to compare this to lightsabers,” said Harvard Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin in a news release. “When these photons interact with each other, they’re pushing against and deflect each other. The physics of what’s happening in these molecules is similar to what we see in the movies.”
WANT. Though I predict a corresponding surge in prosthetic limbs.