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For over 50 years, physicists have been trying to figure out how to make energy the same way the Sun does: by smashing small atoms together to make bigger ones, a process known as nuclear fusion. ...
by Keith Pickering
Comment Count 167 comments on Thu Mar 08, 2012 at 06:03 AM PST with 248 Recommends
Now that I've figured out how to check my KosMail, which isn't called KosMail but instead is called "Messages", I've received a request to stop with the fucking profanity. This request was heartfelt ...
by Fishgrease
Comment Count 203 comments on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 09:00 AM PST with 199 Recommends
"A metallic case ...
by FishOutofWater
Comment Count 232 comments on Thu Feb 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM PST with 184 Recommends
New Scientist has a run down on recent developments in fusion - producing energy by squeezing atoms together - that suggests things are looking up ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 196 comments on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 06:47 PM PDT with 170 Recommends
Yesterday's diary on the progress of the ITER fusion reactor, contrasted with America's ADD problem with anything big or long term, got a nice reception, and I promised more - so here it is. ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 58 comments on Thu Aug 08, 2013 at 07:43 PM PDT with 79 Recommends
Climate change is largely driven by one thing: human activities releasing heat-trapping greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, directly and indirectly. Directly, from burning carbon-based ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 54 comments on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 07:17 PM PDT with 62 Recommends
Thought maybe people want to read something besides politics for a change. This is REALLY sounding like a breakthrough. They have been building up to this point for about 13 years now.
by thestupiditburns
Comment Count 147 comments on Thu Jan 28, 2010 at 10:56 PM PST with 45 Recommends
When most people think about the as yet unrealized promise of thermonuclear fusion as a limitless energy source, they tend to think about Big Science, in the form of giant lasers blasting tiny ...
by Keith Pickering
Comment Count 45 comments on Thu May 06, 2010 at 09:24 PM PDT with 39 Recommends
Dr. [Robert Bussard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Bussard], one of the founders of the Department of Energy's fusion ...
by Doctor RJ
Comment Count 70 comments on Tue Nov 21, 2006 at 03:14 PM PST with 33 Recommends
Eric Lerner's new Dense Plasma Focus (DPF) device, Focus Fusion 1, was test fired for its first "shots" on October 15th, and achieved "pinch" -- a dense plasmoid vortex -- on just its second test ...
by Keith Pickering
Comment Count 61 comments on Tue Oct 20, 2009 at 07:32 PM PDT with 32 Recommends
In 2006, legendary scientist Dr Robert Bussard Gave a speech entitled "...
by oznick
Comment Count 54 comments on Wed Dec 17, 2008 at 06:10 AM PST with 32 Recommends
The running joke is that we are always 20 years away from viable commercial fusion power, and there is quite a bit of truth to that. The estimates have always been saying so since the 60s. But trust ...
by matate99
Comment Count 48 comments on Mon May 24, 2010 at 07:12 PM PDT with 31 Recommends
by Mark Sumner
Comment Count 42 comments on Fri Aug 18, 2006 at 10:54 PM PDT with 29 Recommends
Nuclear fusion is often proffered as the final solution to our energy needs. That well may be, but hardly anyone understands what it means, and almost no one, outside of physicists, knows how it ...
by Translator
Comment Count 44 comments on Sun Feb 28, 2010 at 06:08 PM PST with 25 Recommends
Fusion is a simple and elegant idea. You smash 2 atoms together, they fuse into a single atom releasing energy (the resulting mass will be a bit less than the total mass of the 2 atoms before fusion).
by Roger Fox
Comment Count 81 comments on Sat May 12, 2007 at 02:27 PM PDT with 23 Recommends
Back in 2006 former Assistant Director of the Atomic Energy Commission, spoke about Polywell Fusion at a Google tech talk. The Google video created a lot of buzz, about the little WB6 reactor, its 5 ...
by Roger Fox
Comment Count 36 comments on Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 08:32 PM PST with 22 Recommends
1978 Proposal for fusion energy funding vs. actual Last weekend, I bumped into Senator Markey at a charity event. I asked him a question about Hydrogen Fusion research funding at MIT, which ...
by Frank Paine
Comment Count 30 comments on Thu Oct 24, 2013 at 07:51 PM PDT with 21 Recommends
by Anima
Comment Count 21 comments on Wed Apr 01, 2009 at 09:28 PM PDT with 18 Recommends
The first installment of this series described the four main components of the energy/global warming crisis: increasing demand ...
by xaxnar
Comment Count 32 comments on Tue Apr 22, 2008 at 02:21 PM PDT with 18 Recommends
Crossposted at Politicook.net This diary was inspired by NNadir's diary earlier today on Dailykos.com and some of the comments associated with it. ...
by Translator
Comment Count 78 comments on Thu Jul 31, 2008 at 07:19 PM PDT with 17 Recommends