Sometimes scientists study or make things that have little use.
This is one of those times.
Researchers at Purdue University modified a ping pong gun to fire the ball so fast that it burned a hole through a racket.
The creation of the machine did have a point.
That is to show the power of pressure differentials in air, said the Daily Mail.
"It has even proven to be a challenging problem for computational fluid dynamics since it encompasses a range of aerodynamic phenomena that are particularly difficult to model," said French, reported the Daily Mail.
"The design of the team's ping-pong gun is reassuringly low-tech. It consists of a pressure chamber sealed with several layers of duct tape."