On May 16, 1960, Theodore Maiman did something totally awesome at Hughes Lab: he fired the first functional laser and sent the of arena rock and the rave scene well on its way. Hughes Lab has since moved on to become the military skunkworks Raytheon and the laser has moved into history as one of the coolest things to ever come out of a laboratory. Not a week goes by that we don’t see someone doing something amazing with the things, whether it’s blowing up ballistic missiles or just beaming your home movies on the wall.

8b83b68c45100515.jpg The laser turns 50

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The laser turns 50, we hope to still be that cool at that age (video)