I’m not sure I’m buying into this yet, but if you go to MSN.com they are featuring a video of a guy who built his own Star Trek phaser. He tests it out and it works like a toy until he pops a balloon with it. It wouldn’t be a hard stretch for me to imagine a laser popping a balloon (heat?), but I’m no expert on how lasers work.
What is disappointing is that MSN.com leaves it up to us to decide if it is real or not. How about giving some information on lasers or any science behind lasers that would aid us in verifying if the video is true or just doctored (like one comment by a reader who suggested they used a BB gun off to the side). What kind of reporting is that?