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China develops Star Wars-style ‘Laser Gun’ that can penetrate into human body from half-mile away

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BEIJING — China said it has built a Star Wars-like laser gun named ZKZM-500 which is capable of causing ‘pain beyond endurance’, according to researchers.

The ZKZM-500 laser assault rifle can strike a target from half-mile away using an energy beam that cannot be seen, causing ‘instant carbonisation of human skin and tissue’.

The weapon includes a silent, invisible ‘energy beam’, that cannot be seen with the naked eye, but can pass through windows and is able to burn clothes in a split second and set a person on fire.

The weapon, which is powerful enough to pass through windows, can burn through clothes in a split second, claim scientists who have not been named due to the sensitivity of the project.

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According to sources, the rifle is ready to be mass produced and will first be distributed to police anti-terrorism squads – though no date has been given for deployment.

The gun, powered by a lithium battery that can be recharged, can potentially fire 1000 times with each fire lasting two seconds. The gun can also be mounted on cars, boats and planes for varying operations.

It is learnt that the ZKZM-500 is all set for mass production and that the first batch of the guns would be given for anti-terrorism operations as its benefits in hostage situation could be enormous.

At an estimated price of US$15,000 per unit, the gun could also be one of the most expensive when mass produced.

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NASA’s Parker spacecraft rockets toward sun for closest look

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CAPE CANAVERAL — NASA has launched a spacecraft to the sun which will fly closer to our star than anything ever sent before. The Parker Solar Probe rocketed away from Cape Canaveral, Florida, early Sunday.

The spacecraft is on an unprecedented quest that will take it straight through the wispy edges of the corona, or outer solar atmosphere, just 3.8 million (6 million kilometers) from the sun’s surface that was visible during last August’s total solar eclipse.

It will eventually stay comfortably cool despite the extreme heat and radiation allowing scientists to vicariously explore the sun in a way never before possible.

Saturday morning’s launch attempt was foiled by last-minute technical trouble and postponed by a day.

But what better day to launch to the sun than Sunday, as NASA noted.

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“Fly baby girl, fly!!” project scientist Nicola Fox of Johns Hopkins University tweeted just before lift-off. She urged it to “go touch the sun!”

“All I can say is, ‘Wow, here we go.’ We’re in for some learning over the next several years,” said Eugene Parker, the 91-year-old astrophysicist for whom the spacecraft is named.

It was the first time NASA named a spacecraft after someone still alive, and Parker wasn’t about to let it take off without him.

Thousands of spectators jammed the launch site in the middle of the night as well as surrounding towns, including Parker and his family.

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