March 09, 2006

Impressed? Scared? Amused?

Record Set for Hottest Temperature on Earth: 3.6 Billion Degrees in Lab

Impressed: This is hotter than the interior of our Sun, which is about 15 million degrees Kelvin, and also hotter than any previous temperature ever achieved on Earth...

Scared: They don't know how they did it. One wonders if Albuquerque might one day just turn into a molten slab of fused glass. Oops. Our bad.

Amused: The feat was accomplished in the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories. I love the name: Z Machine - it sounds liek something out of a Warner Brothers cartoon or a James Bond villian's arsenal. One wonders if they got the Acme Catalog of impressive scientific contraptions and ordered one. Mom, Dad? Can I get a Z Machine? The French have one. The Japanese have one. PLEASE! PLEASE!

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