Return of the Laser Smackdown

Several weeks ago, I announced a contest to determine the Most Amazing Laser Application. Personal issues interrupted this, but I want to finish it out in honor of LaserFest Here's the list of finalists, with links to those already written up:

I'll be writing up LIGO shortly, and will try to finish the whole thing as soon as possible given my other responsibilities.

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