Located at Sandia National Laboratories (New Mexico), the Z Machine “can produce 290 terawatts of power — equivalent to 80 times the world’s total power output.” Continue reading to see a test video from 2007.

When the machine fires, 36 cables – each as thick as a horse’s torso – spark simultaneously. The cables fire a pulse of 50 trillion watts into a target the size of a cotton reel.

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