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  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +4 +1

    American scientists are about to start shooting plasma guns in a bid to achieve controlled nuclear fusion

    The team at Los Alamos National Laboratory will fire "supersonic jets of ionized gas" at a chamber to compress fusion fuel.

  • Analysis
    5 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +15 +1

    This cold fusion generat..err reactor will power your home forever, or so they claim

    Andrea Rossi's E-Cat -- the device that purports to use cold fusion to generate massive amounts of cheap, green energy -- has been verified by third-party researchers, according to a new 54-page report. The researchers observed a small E-Cat over 32 days, where it produced net energy of 1.5 megawatt-hours, or 'far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume...

  • Video/Audio
    3 years ago
    by TentativePrince
    +41 +1

    China has created an artificial star 8,600 times hotter than the sun

    The reaction, which is caused by nuclear fusion, has the potential to revolutionize how we use energy.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +33 +1

    The secretive, billionaire-backed plans to harness fusion

    Inside a laboratory near Vancouver in British Columbia, an alarm is blaring. In the middle of the industrial warehouse stands what looks like a cannon from a spaceship, about five metres long and festooned in wires. None of the lab's red-coat-wearing technicians seem fazed by the noise. The siren, which alerts workers to don protective earmuffs in case of a blown fuse, precedes every test “shot” on this prototype nuclear fusion reactor – and these engineers...

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +43 +1

    Scientists are one step closer to understanding nuclear fusion power

    The universe is full of phenomena that we can’t fully explain: Black holes, exploding stars, rapidly spinning stellar corpses... In order to get closer to understanding these cosmic oddities, scientists have to constantly push the boundaries of science, advancing technology and marrying seemingly unrelated fields of physics to create more powerful theories. Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have developed a new way to explore some of the most extreme environments in the universe by combining three separate branches of physics...

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +14 +1

    Stephen Hawking: Why we should embrace fusion power

    In an exclusive video for BBC Future, the world's most famous physicist explains how he would like to change our society. How can we build a better world for tomorrow? At the launch of Cambridge University’s Big Data Institute, we recently asked the physicist Stephen Hawking to describe the one idea that would transform our society. He chose nuclear fusion – the process of releasing energy by transforming hydrogen atoms into helium.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +8 +1

    Scientists Are Getting Close To Controlling Fusion Power With Particle Beams

    New research suggests scientists are getting close to using magnetic fields and powerful particle beams to control fusion reactions. Scientists say they’ve found a way to put sensors inside a fusion reactor and link them to a computer algorithm capable of directly controlling particle beams to regulate the reaction. Controlling the reaction with particle beams means physicists can prevent instabilities from degrading a magnetic field and ultimately shutting down a fusion reaction.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by rhingo
    +21 +1

    We Were Promised Fusion Energy

    For the entirety of recorded history, humans have worshipped nuclear fusion. It's gone by different names over the millennia, of course: the Egyptians called it Ra, the Greeks called it Helios, and the Aztecs knew it as Tonatiuh. Today, most of us know it as the Sun, but leading physicists around the world regard it with the same sense of awe as our ancient ancestors. This is not because these physicists believe the Sun rides across the sky in a giant reed boat...

  • Current Event
    1 year ago
    by wetwilly87
    +32 +1

    Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

    The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years. The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private company, will take a radically different approach to other efforts to transform fusion from an expensive science experiment into a viable commercial energy source. The team intend to use a new class of high-temperature superconductors they predict will allow them to create the world’s first fusion reactor that produces more energy than needs to be put in to get the fusion reaction going.

  • Analysis
    1 year ago
    by dynamite
    +5 +1

    Why nuclear fusion is gaining steam – again

    Back when I studied geology in grad school, the long-term future of energy had a single name: nuclear fusion. It was the 1970s. The physicists I studied with predicted that tapping this clean new source of electric power by forcing two nuclei of hydrogen to combine and release massive amounts of energy, might be 50 years off.

  • Current Event
    11 months ago
    by messi
    +19 +1

    Researchers just overcame a key barrier to fusion power

    One promising approach to nuclear power is a type of reactor called a tokamak, which uses powerful magnetic fields to trap super-heated plasma in a bagel-shaped torus. An obstacle to making tokamak reactors viable is that the plasma gets extremely hot, reaching temperatures of up to 100 million degrees Celsius — as hot as the Sun. But according to Reuters, U.K. researchers say they’ve finally found a way to vent that heat safely.

  • Current Event
    10 months ago
    by canuck
    +12 +1

    MIT is pouring resources into commercializing fusion power

    A collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and two energy companies is encouraging interdisciplinary research to fast-track the development of practical fusion power. Mechanical engineer Caroline Sorensen told an MIT blogger about her work on a “liquid immersion blanket,” which is a pool of molten salt that converts fusion reactions into heat and protects the rest of the reactor from damage.

  • Current Event
    9 months ago
    by robmonk
    +24 +1

    Can AI help crack the code of fusion power?

    With the click of a mouse and a loud bang, I blasted jets of super-hot, ionized gas called plasma into one another at hundreds of miles per second. I was sitting in the control room of a fusion energy startup called TAE Technologies, and I’d just fired its $150 million plasma collider. That shot was a tiny part of the company’s long pursuit of a notoriously elusive power source. I was at the company’s headquarters to talk to them about the latest phase of their hunt that involves an algorithm called the Optometrist.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by Petrox
    +21 +1

    Researchers turn liquid metal into a plasma

    Most laypersons are familiar with the three states of matter as solids, liquids, and gases. But there are other forms that exist. Plasmas, for example, are the most abundant form of matter in the universe, found throughout our solar system in the sun and other planetary bodies. Scientists are still working to understand the fundamentals of this state of matter, which is proving to be ever more significant, not only in explaining how the universe works but in harnessing material for alternative forms of energy.

  • Current Event
    8 months ago
    by Chubros
    +21 +1

    A Future Without Fossil Fuels?

    “Kingsmill Bond” certainly sounds like a proper name for a City of London financial analyst. He looks the part, too: gray hair expertly trimmed, well-cut suit. He’s lived in Moscow and Hong Kong and worked for Deutsche Bank, the Russian financial firm Troika Dialog, and Citibank. He’s currently “new energy strategist” for a small British think tank called Carbon Tracker, and last fall he published a short paper called “2020 Vision: Why You Should See the Fossil Fuel Peak Coming.”

  • Current Event
    7 months ago
    by zyery
    +23 +1

    Artificial intelligence accelerates efforts to develop clean, virtually limitless fusion energy

    Artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science that is transforming scientific inquiry and industry, could now speed the development of safe, clean and virtually limitless fusion energy for generating electricity. A major step in this direction is under way at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University, where a team of scientists working with a Harvard graduate student is for the first time applying deep learning — a powerful new version of the machine learning form of AI...

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by doodlegirl
    +31 +1

    China targets nuclear fusion power generation by 2040

    China aims to complete and start generating power from an experimental nuclear fusion reactor by around 2040, a senior scientist involved in the project said, as it works to develop and commercialize a game-changing source of clean energy.

  • Current Event
    6 months ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +20 +1

    Scientists have a new idea to make a fusion reactor practical

    Scientists are hoping a new upgrade at U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) could finally make fusion power a reality — by harnessing the power of a silvery metal called lithium. As part of the Lithium Tokamak Experiment, a team of researchers are coating the inside walls of the reactor with lithium, the same stuff in the batteries in a wide range of electronics, to ensure that plasma remains super hot and highly pressurized inside the reactor — important conditions to get a shot at generating power from the reaction.

  • Current Event
    4 months ago
    by zobo
    +11 +1

    Our Next Moonshot? It Should Be Fusion

    No other technology would transform our lives in the same way fusion would, says MIT Media Lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte.