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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cool Tech News

So... we need cheap energy, right? Preferably not carbon-based, right? How about a giant laser that contains a fusion reaction?
After more than a decade of work and $3.5 billion, engineers have completed the world's most powerful laser, capable of simulating the energy force of a hydrogen bomb and the sun itself.

...NIF is expected to ramp up power gradually in a series of experiments over the next year, culminating at a power level in 2010 to achieve what scientists call "fusion ignition": enough heat and pressure to fuse hydrogen atoms in a tiny cylindrical target so that more energy is released than is generated by the laser beams themselves.
I'm trying to figure out how environmentalists are going to turn this into a bad thing. Cheap energy plus lots of research possibilities. I'm sure they'll come up with something.

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