Thursday, February 13, 2014

One Step Closer: Fusion


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... 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.