Ivor O’Connor

April 20, 2009

Nuclear Fusion Milestone?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 8:30 pm

Scientists take another stab at nuclear fusion

Nuclear fusion is the National Ignition Facility’s biggest goal.

By 2010 or 2011, the lab’s scientists hope to achieve ignition – that is, produce the first tiny thermonuclear explosions inside their capsule targets in hopes of ultimately creating a limitless source of fusion energy, the kind of energy that powers the blazing heat of the sun and stars.

Are we really that close to nuclear fusion? Or is this merely an April fools day prank? If this is real then it’s one of those events you will want to remember where you were.

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