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Lockheed Claims Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough

Says first compact reactors could be ready for use in 10 years; some are skeptical

(Newser) - Lockheed Martin announced yesterday that it has made what Reuters calls a "technological breakthrough" in the area of compact nuclear fusion. The upshot is that reactors "small enough to fit on the back of a truck" could be here within 10 years. As Forbes explains, nuclear fusion combines... More »

Energy Source Could Power Earth 'for 30M Years'

But ITER, a thermonuclear plant, faces all sorts of challenges

(Newser) - Hoping scientists will find a brilliant alternative to oil and coal? How about a thermonuclear reactor that will hit temperatures ten times hotter than the sun and "could solve the world's energy problems for the next thirty million years," writes Raffi Khatchadourian in the New Yorker . The... More »

Big Step Toward Fusion: Lab's Laser Creates Mini-Star

In first, scientists get more energy out than put in

(Newser) - After years of frustration, scientists have finally made a breakthrough in the quest to harness the same fusion energy that powers the sun. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say that by pointing the world's most powerful laser at a peppercorn-sized target, they unleashed a huge amount of... More »

Scientists Building 'Star' on Earth

Project could solve planet's energy problems

(Newser) - A series of key experiments over the past few weeks have brought scientists closer to the holy grail of energy production—a working fusion reactor, or, in layman’s terms “a miniature star on Earth.” The National Ignition Facility in Livermore, Calif., thinks it can deliver on that... More »

Brooklyn Man Builds Nuclear Reactor

Amateur physicist creates fusion with parts bought on eBay

(Newser) - After a hard day at the office, Brooklyn man Mark Suppes likes to unwind by tinkering with his pet project: a homemade nuclear reactor. Suppes built the fusion reactor after spending $40,000 on eBay buying parts. The machine—which joins atoms instead of splitting them—produces energy, although like... More »

North Korea Claims to Have Created 'Artificial Sun'

Scientists highly skeptical

(Newser) - North Korea says it has discovered the secrets of nuclear fusion, allowing it to create an “artificial sun” able to produce untold amounts of energy—which would be quite a feat for a country that currently lacks the power to keep the lights on at night. Nuclear fusion, the... More »

Scientists Creating Star to Solve Energy Woes

Giant laser will zap mini-sun into existence

(Newser) - Scientists are planning to use the world's largest laser to zap a tiny star into existence on Earth. The project at California's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory aims to create nuclear fusion by firing the giant laser at hydrogen isotopes. This would, theoretically, cause a miniature sun capable of filling all... More »

Amateur 'Fusioneers' Explore Energy Future

Small basement reactors aren't power source, yet

(Newser) - Frank Sanns has an unusual hobby: He’s trying to prove nuclear fusion is a viable energy source. At the center of his search is a working, homemade nuclear reactor. “I’m a dreamer,” the Pittsburgh native tells the Wall Street Journal. Sanns is part of an exclusive... More »

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