The US Army isn’t letting any grass grow under its collective feet. In the face of impending budget and troop reductions, they’re looking for ways to do more with less. Toward that end, the latest and greatest weapon inching its way through the development pipeline is a gun that shoots lightning bolts along a frickin’ laser beam. hurryetdailynews.com has the inside info: “The weapon, called the Laser-Induced Plasma Channel (LIPC) cannon, was being tested at Picatinny Arsenal, a key U.S. Army research complex. The cannon works by emitting a laser pulse that charges the air, forming a hugely destructive bolt of lightning.” They say the weapon works best against high conductivity targets like tanks or a planes. All we know is it was enough to take down Vader so how much more testing is really necessary?