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What is the next step after the breakthrough of nuclear fusion?

What is the next step after the breakthrough of nuclear fusion?

Earlier this week, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) announced a major breakthrough in the exploitation of controlled nuclear fusion. LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) performed “ignition” – a fusion experiment that produced more energy than was consumed by the lasers needed to operate it. This science news received significant publicity, even briefly capturing the front …

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Nuclear fusion to boost space as humans could explore the universe

Nuclear fusion to boost space as humans could explore the universe

The recent breakthrough in generating nuclear fusion could one day pave the way for humans to leave the solar system. Earlier this week, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of the Nuclear Security and National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington announced that they had successfully cracked the code and created a nuclear fusion reaction …

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Don't Get Too Excited About This Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough

Don’t Get Too Excited About This Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough

That’s exactly what nuclear fusion looks like, probably.Photo: sacred halls (Shutterstock) This is big, big news that scientists recently able to perform a nuclear fusion reaction that releases more energy than it consumes. It is also true that this type of reaction could potentially be a useful source of energy in the future. Or, as …

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Is nuclear fusion a clean energy planet saver?

Is nuclear fusion a clean energy planet saver?

With the announcement of an expected “major breakthrough”, nuclear fusion harnesses the power of the stars with unlimited clean energy and no hazardous waste. The US Department of Energy plans to announce a ‘major scientific breakthrough’ at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – one of many sites around the world where researchers are trying to develop …

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From the ashes: Near Chernobyl, a war-torn town plans to relaunch nuclear research

A version of this story appeared in Science, Vol 378, Issue 6624.Download PDF SLAVUTYCH, UKRAINE—In one of the last acts of camaraderie in a fractured nation, Soviet workers from the Baltics to the Caucasus converged on a pine forest in the late 1980s to build a Ukrainian city from scratch. Slavutych was a new home …

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Covering a cylinder with a magnetic coil triples its energy output during a nuclear fusion test

Covering a cylinder with a magnetic coil triples its energy output during a nuclear fusion test

(a) Sketch of the magnetized NIF hohlraum constructed from AuTa4 with solenoid coil to carry current. (b) X-ray entrainment measured through one of the LEHs and incident laser powers for magnetized and unmagnetized AuTa4 hohlraum and two unmagnetized Au hohlraums. “BF” refers to “BigFoot”, the name of the previous ignition design. Credit: Physical examination letters …

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