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Another step closer to fusion power?

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A crushed tube the size of a thread spool has brought the United States one step closer to harnessing nuclear fusion as a clean, almost limitless power source.

The experiment at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico tested how well a tiny cylinder could withstand the crushing magnetic force from the lab's "Z machine" — a pulsed-power accelerator that zapped the cylinder with 25 million amperes of electric current. The "liner" cylinder collapsed on itself, as would be expected, but remained intact enough to theoretically squeeze together deuterium or tritium fuel, triggering nuclear fusion.

"Our experiments were designed to test a sweet spot predicted by the simulations where a sufficiently robust liner could implode with a sufficiently high velocity," said Ryan McBride, a rese


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1972Pinto
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 6:36:31 PM

so will we be able to control the reaction or might in engulf everything around it till it uses every last resource. then we could be the next two sun system.
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 6:23:17 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 7:32:42 AM

We will see...
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Message Posted: Sep 25, 2012 3:41:55 AM

Great! How much longer until we can use it to fuel a car?
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:40:21 PM

Hmm what to make of that
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:10:05 PM

N5EXY, been listening to an old Kingston Trio record?
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NoGas714
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:05:45 PM

The powers that be will never allow the citizen slaves to have an energy source that doesn't have a meter attached to it.

They gotta keep their hand in your pocket.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:05:40 PM

At a very high price of taxpayer money that they don't know if it will work.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:05:05 PM

Just a question of time
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:04:39 PM

Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico - -

We know for certain that some lovely day,
someone will set the spark off,
and we will all be blown away.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:01:36 PM

exciting and scarey
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:01:34 PM

Good!
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:01:05 PM

Cool, bring it on
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:58:36 PM

To DREAM the impossible dream ...
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:56:39 PM

Interesting....
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:49:50 PM

one could only hope!!
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Light years away.
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Ok
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Okay
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:35:29 PM

If this is something that is on the level, then I could get excited.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:33:32 PM

if it comes to be then we will see
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:33:10 PM

Another pie in the sky article about what might be.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:31:55 PM

ok
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Ok
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:27:08 PM

hopefully.. dhan until then
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:26:50 PM

Interesting article...
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:25:54 PM

fusion has been claimed many times, but never fully develops
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:23:34 PM

Ooooo! Is this supposed to make you think Marvel comics - and Spiderman?
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:23:04 PM

Cool!!
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:20:44 PM

Beyond my comprehension.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:19:03 PM

Sounds like a pipe dream to me.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:18:45 PM

OGW you are exactly right. i'd suggest you either move to the dark side of the moon or to Pluto so you can distance yourself as far as possible from that big yellow reactor that appears every day.
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Not in my time!!
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:10:00 PM

Yes, they finally said it about 3/4 of the way through the article. It takes almost energy to run this equipment as can be produced in the reactions they can manage with this equipment. No pay there!
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:09:34 PM

nope
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:08:12 PM

Cool but kind of scary.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:06:07 PM

So how does that help.
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ok
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:05:26 PM

I don't see this as a power source for mobile use.
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wow
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TIME WILL TELL!
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 10:01:21 PM

it would be nice if it works
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still far far a way
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Gonna take awhile for this to come to fruition.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 9:51:54 PM

Very very cool! Years away, of course, but it could make a big difference in the future, especially as oil resources begin to dry up.
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2012 9:50:50 PM

Fusion power is still a chimaera. In the meantime, coal, oil and natural gas remain the most efficient and most abundant sources of energy.
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k
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OK
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