If this is real, it's quite incredible.
Meet 19-year-old Eric Jacqmain. He's a typical kid from Indiana, except for one small difference: he built a death ray that he says can "melt steel, vaporize aluminum, boil concrete, turn dirt into lava, and obliterate any organic material in an instant." And he's got a video that reportedly shows all this things happening. Really.
"The R5800 is my latest and greatest solar creation," Jacqmain writes in the YouTube description of his video. "Made from an ordinary fiberglass satellite dish, it is covered in about 5800 3/8" (~1cm) mirror tiles. When properly aligned, it can generate a spot the size of a dime with an intensity of 5000 suns!"
Since posting the video last year, the R5800 was destroyed in a shed fire. But not to worry, Jacqmain is planning on building a more powerful model with 32,000 mirrors.
The Daily Mail gives a rundown of comments Jacqmain has made on the video that offer more details:
Jacqmain, commenting on YouTube said : 'I drilled a small hole in the dish and glued a piece of PVC pipe on the back.
'Light shines through the hole and hits the translucent plastic on the end of the pipe. All I had to do was aim the dish once and mark the spot.
'As long as the target doesn't conduct heat away too fast it will melt or vaporize just about anything eventually.
'I have vaporized before carbon, which occurs above 6,500 Fahrenheit.' [...]
(H/T: Hot Air)