We really are one step closer to fusion. Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, led by the wonderfully named Omar Hurricane (Seriously, has to be a mad scientist) have...
...got more energy out of fusion in the lab than they put into it. That's a turning point. It doesn't mean we're going to have it tomorrow, but it means we are a lot closer.
Fusion would give clean, renewable energy - if we can "tame the sun" we are close to the ultimate of taming fire - which many consider part of being human.
What they have not achieved is "ignition" - self-heating nuclear fusion. But this is a big step closer.
Congratulations, Livermore and Mr. Hurricane.