Fusion of fission?
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Today the front page of CNN had something worth reading. It wasn’t writing about another death or Turnip scandal. I didn’t engage with click bait headlines documenting the latest chapter of the ‘culture wars’ news outlets profit so well from. It was about breakthrough success in fusion technology.
The current wiki entry on fusion is in need of an update:
In a fusion process, two lighter atomic nuclei combine to form a heavier nucleus, while releasing energy. Devices designed to harness this energy are known as fusion reactors. Research into fusion reactors began in the 1940s, but as of 2022, no design has conclusively produced a positive fusion energy gain factor, i.e. more power output than input.
I say it needs an update because as of today, scientists working in France have produced more power output than input in a fusion reaction. Since the 1940’s they’ve said that fusion power is just ten years away. That statement might actually be coming true. What does this mean? Unlimited, cle…
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