The U.S. Office of Naval Research and defense contractor Northrop Grumman have created something really quite amazing: a weaponized beam of light so powerful it can set things on fire.

What kind of things? In the video below they demonstrate the new technology on a small boat, which ignites within seconds of the laser being turned on.

This video is from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, published to YouTube on April 8, 2011.