So I recently read a fellow bloggers post about lasers. In particular how many central european nations are investing heavily in experimental laser technology. One particular laser in development needs about 9 petawatts just to run.I was tempted to jokingly suggest that it was for laser hair removal for all those hairy central europeans, but I refrained. I am part Hungarian so I can't really comment.
Perhaps they should make a new laser in washington dc. I'm sure laser hair removal in washington dc would be popular, but then again maybe we should wait until the first woman president :P
On a more serious note, I think the US could stand to shift their spending towards science. Directly or indirectly by increasing university budgets. I think Australia could too. It's a downright shame our universities cannot keep up with corporate research. That and I would like to see Australia have the world's biggest laser.