10 Most Powerful Pieces Of Technology Of Their Kind
The awesomely named Dark Energy Camera is the most powerful camera in the world. It's being built at Fermilab in Illinois as part of a project to figure out why the expansion of the universe is getting faster. Fermilab in Illinois is building the camera to have a power of 570-megapixels, which is 70 times the power of your phone camera. The lenses alone cost $1.6 million each, and there are five of them.
Need to make an important announcement? The most powerful speaker ever constructed is the HS-60, an acoustic hailing device produced by the Wattre Corporation in the US. From one meter (3.3 ft) away, it produces a noise level of 182 decibels (dB), slightly above the volume that kills hearing tissue. It's loud enough that if it was producing a voice transmission, you'd be able to hear it clearly over three kilometers (two miles) away.
The most powerful laser in the world is held at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. At the National Ignition Facility, they use 192 lasers converged onto one point to produce 60 times more energy than any laser before. It produces 500 trillion watts of power, which is 1,000 times more than the entire US uses at any time.
The most powerful magnet in the world was finished in 2012 by scientists is held at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The most powerful magnet in the world is 2 million times the strength of the Earth's magnetic field at 100 Teslas.
#6. Diesel Engine
Four stories high and 85 feet long, the most powerful diesel engine in the world is located on a cargo ship, the Emma Maersk. This diesel engine produces over 100,000 brake horsepower and over 5.5 million foot-pounds of torque, around 2,500 times more than a tractor. Even more impressive, though, is its extreme efficiency. The engine loses only 50% energy to heat.
The current leader is Tianhe-2, a Chinese supercomputer run by their National University of Defense Technology. The TOP500 project keeps records of the most powerful computers in the world. The computer system operates at 33.86 petaflops per second, or it's 33,000 times faster than a Playstation 4 for those of us who don't know what petaflops are.
#4. X-Ray Generators
The Z-Machine is officially the world's most powerful X-ray generator. Located in New Mexico at the Sandia National Laboratories facility. How powerful is it? At its peak, it produces power 80 times more than the electrical generation capacity of every single power plant. What can that do? It can propel a piece of metal at 76,000 mph in under a second.
The strongest robot in the world is an industrial robot named Titan, produced by German manufacturer KUKA robotics. The robot is strong enough to lift a full-sized car up to 10 feet in the air and comes equipped with wheels for maximum speed during the robot overthrow. Titan has super impressive strength.
#2. Solar Furnace
Located on the border of France and Spain in the Pyrenees, is the largest solar furnace consisting of 10,000 mirrors on a curved wall. "Furnace" is the correct choice of word, as it is able to focus beams to create a temperature of 6,000 °C (5,430 °F), about half the surface temperature of the Sun. It's also handy for testing materials designed for coating spaceships to protect them from the heat produced during re-entry.
The most powerful gunshot on the planet was created by scientists from the US Navy in 2010 without the use of any explosives. The rail gun prototypes currently are only able to last a few shots before over heating but are predicted to have a range of 200 miles compared to contemporary artillery's 12 mile range. The US has given $34.5 million to BAE Systems to develop a more durable version of the weapon, capable of firing up to 10 shots a minute without blowing itself apart.
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