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National Ignition Facility Takes First Steps Towards Fusion Energy

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | about 9 months ago

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "As it approaches its fifth birthday, the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a troubled laser fusion facility in California, has finally produced some results that fusion scientists can get enthusiastic about. In a series of experiments late last year, NIF researchers managed to produce energy yields 10 times greater than produced before and to demonstrate the phenomenon of self-heating that will be crucial if fusion is to reach its ultimate goal of “ignition”—a self-sustaining burning reaction that produces more energy than it consumes."
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Finally (1)

ThatsNotPudding (1045640) | about 9 months ago | (#46231727)

Now, it's only twenty-nine years away!
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