Government Achieves Breakeven
Balancing the budget, more complicated than Nuclear Fusion?
NIF, based at Livermore in California, uses 192 beams from the world's most powerful laser to heat and compress a small pellet of hydrogen fuel to the point where nuclear fusion reactions take place. The BBC understands that during an experiment in late September, the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel - the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world.As a famous blogger once said, Heh."
Posted by: Randman at October 08, 2013 11:20 AM
Posted by: obsidian at October 08, 2013 12:05 PM
Posted by: EROWMER at October 08, 2013 01:46 PM
Also, this notion that fusion doesn't have problems with radioactivity is nonsense. It generates significant levels of neutron radiation, just like nuclear fission. There are combination cycles, and even proposals to use thorium fuel that are much safer. But they're not as sexy as basic research in to nuclear fusion, so they don't get the funding...
Posted by: Gork at October 08, 2013 06:10 PM
milestone is minor and many major (and much more difficult) ones still yet to be achieved to make asnything practical let alone cost effective.
Posted by: mrskience at October 09, 2013 06:29 AM
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