More Science Fiction becoming Science Fact

According to this LiveScience article, the US Navy now has a working prototype magnetic rail gun, and they plan to have a full capability model being equipped on ships by 2018.  The railgun concept is very familiar to we sci fi fans from many stories – most recently Battelstar Galactica.  And apparently it kicks as much butt in reality as in the stories we love.  The finished product should be able to hit a target 230 miles away, versus 23 miles for the current big guns.  It will hit said target with a whopping mach 5 impact.  And it will do it all with no explosives, making the ship as a whole a safer place to be.

Now where’s my replicator?

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