Fusion? Fusion! Fusion.

Yes, there is big news out of nuclear fusion energy research this week. For the first time, scientists at the National Ignition Facility created more energy via fusion than they used to start the reaction. This is a big deal for anybody dreaming of futuristic sustainable energy. That said, the reaction time was shorter than the blink of an eye and it's a far from the long-hoped-for "ignition" — the point at which a controlled fusion reaction can sustain itself without more energy being poured in. But it's still really cool. David Biello at Scientific American has a good piece with lots of numbers and nuance.

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  1. They didn't produce more energy than they used, they produced more than was absorbed. It's still a step forward, but they haven't breached the break even point yet.

  2. The best part of the whole thing is the name of the lead fusion scientist: Dr. Omar Hurricane. DR. OMAR HURRICANE!! With a name like that, he could be a Superman Super-villain.

  3. Specifically, IIRC, the fuel produced more energy than it absorbed, but the amount of energy used to power the lasers to begin with was much greater than either.

  4. fluffy says:

    One Step closer to the Paradise.
    If they would invest the Military Budget in this Research.

  5. Then after that they need to convert the energy into something usable...

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