A tabletop device developed by Vanderbilt University mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Marc Ramsey generates plasma at more than 1 million atmospheres at the center of a collapsing bubble, according to this article. These conditions enable studies useful to physics and astrophysics, recreating some of what much more costly facilities provide. "The types of conditions this can produce are a small subset of what those other facilities can produce. But this at least gets into the ballpark for thousands or millions of times less money, time and energy," Ramsey says.

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