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Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Confirmed:
California Team Achieved Ignition

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Posted By: Beardo, 8/12/2022 1:32:04 PM

A major breakthrough in nuclear fusion has been confirmed a year after it was achieved at a laboratory in California. Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's (LLNL's) National Ignition Facility (NIF) recorded the first case of ignition on August 8, 2021, the results of which have now been published in three peer-reviewed papers. (snip) If we could harness this reaction to generate electricity, it would be one of the most efficient and least polluting sources of energy possible. No fossil fuels would be required as the only fuel would be hydrogen, and the only by-product would be helium, which we use in industry and are actually in short supply of.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: justavoter 8/12/2022 1:41:21 PM (No. 1246202)
this is too good. the greenies will never allow this technology to see the light of day.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Quigley 8/12/2022 1:46:49 PM (No. 1246209)
Well we can shut down the oil and gas industry now that we have this. Except for lib planes and mega mansions.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Zeek Wolfe 8/12/2022 2:00:06 PM (No. 1246216)
Folks, don't be fooled by this click bait. Fusion is like a dog chasing it's tail, close but no or ever. Other more realistic "breakthroughs" are sometimes written about and then disappear. A few years ago scientists at the University of California Riverside released a report about new battery technology that approached the idea of electricity storage in an exciting new way, cheaper to produce, more ecological and a lot less expensive. That puppy vanished in days.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Right Time 8/12/2022 2:12:05 PM (No. 1246224)
Ask Red China. If there really was a breakthrough on fusion, Brandon and Hunter already gave it to their CCP buddies.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: mc squared 8/12/2022 2:13:41 PM (No. 1246225)
Feds force people to buy fusion powered cars in; 3 - 2 - 1...
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Reply 6 - Posted by: upstater 8/12/2022 2:18:59 PM (No. 1246229)
I also fear scam seeking more research funding. Science has lost a lot of credibility.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: MrDeplorable 8/12/2022 2:21:47 PM (No. 1246233)
I give it two weeks before the vendors in the streets of China will be cooking their Kung Pao Chicken with this source of energy, and selling it back to the Un-United States.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 8/12/2022 2:27:25 PM (No. 1246245)
"Peer-reviewed" doesn't mean squat anymore - how many such articles have been withdrawn due to falsified data? Until "ignition" is replicated, it doesn't count. And BTW - the U.S. has been chasing its tail on fusion since the Russians handed over their Tokamak technology in the 1960s. To date, it hasn't [expletive deleted] a drop.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: EQKimball 8/12/2022 2:29:17 PM (No. 1246248)
But what would happen to Al Gore's shares in wind and solar companies?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter 8/12/2022 2:43:28 PM (No. 1246268)
Fusion-breakthrough news pops up every couple of years. Even if it proves to be true, the move from the lab to practical commercial use on a mega scale would still be decades away.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: konocti95 8/12/2022 2:53:07 PM (No. 1246277)
Yeah, fusion is just dandy...until you turn all the hydrogen into helium and everybody is talking in squeaky voices all the time.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: davew 8/12/2022 3:08:20 PM (No. 1246287)
Using fusion to heat water and generate electricity is like lighting a cigar with a flame thrower. You don't need a 3000 degree heat source to be efficient. Liquid thorium breeder reactors operate at about 700 C and will generate all the power you could ever want for centuries. Most of the power for fusion reactors goes to isolating the high temperature plasma in a magnetic field. Total waste of energy and not needed for steam generation.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: MarkTwain 8/12/2022 3:21:43 PM (No. 1246299)
I've heard that fusion energy is just 10 or 15 years away now! And I've been hearing that for at least 45 years. Must be true, they keep repeating it whenever their funding is imperiled.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: DVC 8/12/2022 3:23:49 PM (No. 1246302)
Where do I place my order for a Mr. Fusion, in the 20 kilowatt range?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: jj1319 8/12/2022 3:41:42 PM (No. 1246319)
Fleischmann and Pons are trying to secure a patent.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: stablemoney 8/12/2022 3:46:16 PM (No. 1246324)
The Chinese and Russians have all the blueprints.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: Bur Oak 8/12/2022 3:50:58 PM (No. 1246329)
Let me know when it produces enough surplus energy to power my refrigerator.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: paral04 8/12/2022 3:59:49 PM (No. 1246338)
This news has made my day. It's the way to go. No waste, destructive windmills and we would be INDEPENDENT.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: Safari Man 8/12/2022 4:21:42 PM (No. 1246352)
It only took them a year to figure out what the test results meant. At that pace we’ll have this up and running in 250 years. Of course this “news” means they can get more funding to bridge those 250 years. Interesting how this came out right after the dims’ green new deal was passed.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: Jesuslover54 8/12/2022 4:22:47 PM (No. 1246353)
Fusion is always a decade away, has been since the fifties.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: Howard Adams 8/12/2022 4:23:05 PM (No. 1246354)
Here is the link listing the peer-reviewed journals As for #3's comment about battery technology, Sundance reported a breakthrough in vanadium based batteries earlier this week. ...mental note made... Drain the swamp.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: bad-hair 8/12/2022 6:47:41 PM (No. 1246453)
Guess what.(natural) Gas and diesel (ships trains trucks) will still be king. Why??? Because until somebody builds really efficient non polluting batteries FUSION doesn't mean SH.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: Historybuff 8/12/2022 11:07:48 PM (No. 1246671)
Fusion was created at Princeton in the Tokamak generator in December 1984.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: KTWO 8/12/2022 11:52:16 PM (No. 1246688)
IIRC fusion was achieved years ago and by more than one machine. The problem is to get more energy out than you put in to force that fusion. And fusion has been sustained for like millisecond. Above may be totally wrong. I haven't follow developments for at least 20 years. Besides, looking up facts isn't much fun.
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