Fusion in the future?

Don’t throw away the coventional power plants just yet. We will need them for a long time to come, it appears.

Still, the news from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California this week is exciting. Scientists there had a breakthrough in September that produced a tiny amount of energy but was a giant step forward for nuclear fusion.

A few hydrogen atoms, bombarded by lasers, were fused to create a net increase in energy.

Since the dawn of the atomic age, it has been theorized that nuclear fusion could provide clean, almost limitless supplies of energy. But scientific progress has been slow and frustrating.

We won’t be plugging into fusion-generated electricity any time soon, but the news this week suggests that fusion could be moving from theory toward reality.


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