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Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star
« on: December 28, 2008, 02:46:46 PM »
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While it has seemed an impossible goal for nearly 100 years, scientists now believe that they are on brink of cracking one of the biggest problems in physics by harnessing the power of nuclear fusion, the reaction that burns at the heart of the sun.

In the spring, a team will begin attempts to ignite a tiny man-made star inside a laboratory and trigger a thermonuclear reaction.

Its goal is to generate temperatures of more than 100 million degrees Celsius and pressures billions of times higher than those found anywhere else on earth, from a speck of fuel little bigger than a pinhead. If successful, the experiment will mark the first step towards building a practical nuclear fusion power station and a source of almost limitless energy.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/science/sciencenews/3981697/Scientists-plan-to-ignite-tiny-man-made-star.html

Lets hope it works.
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Re: Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star
« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2008, 03:57:29 PM »
They've been able to achieve fusion in the lab for years.  The trick is achieving breakeven, where the energy produced equals the energy pumped in to trigger the fusion.  And even then, there's economic breakeven, which has to consider the energy consumed in building and maintaining the plant, purifying the deuterium fuel, getting rid of the radioactive waste materials, etc.
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Re: Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2008, 04:24:22 PM »
And on the ? day man created a star!!!  Then he rested. :D
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Re: Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2008, 04:31:00 PM »
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Re: Scientists plan to ignite tiny man-made star
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2008, 04:40:42 PM »
Lets hope it works.


...without, you know, incinerating the planet.  :)