This is definitely the stuff of science fiction:
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The article mentions the comparison to Star Wars, but it’s completely obvious that the weapons in Star Wars are not lasers—most likely they’re some sort of plasma. First, they’re visible, which lasers are not unless there’s dust in the air. Second you can see them move, which is definitely not the 186,000 miles/second speed of light. Third, they combine and change direction (think Death Star #1), while real light beams simply pass through each other and continue moving in the same direction as before.
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