Inside a nuclear fusion research lab

In downtown Cambridge, Mass., there's a research laboratory where scientists create plasma — the superheated, energy-dense gases that make up the Sun — and then try to manipulate that matter in ways that could, someday, be useful to the human race. Last week, the folks at The Physics Central Buzz Blog went inside this facility. Follow along on their virtual tour of a plasma physics lab.


  1. So, if I understand you correctly, you’re saying that if you don’t hear from me for a few days then you should assume that I got burnt up in the birth of a new star bursting forth under the sidewalk in Kendall Square.


  2. Cambridge is like that. When I worked at Harvard, I used to get falafel sandwiches from a food truck parked right outside the door to the MIT nuclear reactor (the one made infamous when a night operator got locked out after leaving for dinner break, and his cohort, thus alone in the control room, had fallen asleep).

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