You science-y people will understand this–the rest of us will dream up outlandishly awesome but completely unfounded visions ofStar Wars”-esque laser battles. Brace yourselves: Particle accelerators are going micro, at least if the BELLA team at our trusty Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have anything to say about it. They’re working on condensing the gargantuan physics instruments into a “desktop” form that will shoot particles inches, not miles. Take what you will from this mumbo jumbo: read more »