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    Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough at NIF BBC Reports

    The BBC is reporting that sometime in late September an experiment was conducted at the Nuclear Ignition Facility (NIF) in which: The BBC understands that during an experiment in late September, the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel - the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world. This is a step short of the lab's stated goal of "ignition", where nuclear fusion generates as much energy as the lasers supply. This is because known "inefficiencies" in different parts of the system mean not all the energy supplied through the laser is delivered to the fuel. But the latest achievement has been described as the single most meaningful step for fusion in recent years, and demonstrates NIF is well on its way towards the coveted target of ignition and self-sustaining fusion.

    Wow. That is amazing to hear. I remember reading articles about their confidence in the upcoming experiments back in July and August, and the guys at NIF have gotten a ton of flack for their cockiness in the past. But wow.

    BBC News - Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab

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    Re: Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough at NIF BBC Reports

    I really wanted to bump this. In the grand scheme of things I'd say this has more relevance to our species than any political story of the moment.

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    Re: Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough at NIF BBC Reports

    I think too many have seen many such claims fall apart in recent years. This needs to be verified. Remember the faster than light neutrinos of a few years ago?

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    Re: Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough at NIF BBC Reports

    Regardless of whether it's ever used for energy production, IF true this is a pretty significant scientific achievement.

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    Re: Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough at NIF BBC Reports

    A true tokamak, will be running efficiently within 10 years, and cheap fusion power will be available to the world within 20.
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    Re: Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough at NIF BBC Reports

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    A tokomak will be running within 10 years, and cheap fusion power will be available to the world within 20.
    I assume you are referring to ITER? I thought it had a much longer time frame than that. Even when you achieve ignition you still have a long way to go to turning that into a usable commercial power plant.

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    Re: Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough at NIF BBC Reports

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    I assume you are referring to ITER? I thought it had a much longer time frame than that. Even when you achieve ignition you still have a long way to go to turning that into a usable commercial power plant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Dana is a nuclear scientist.
    Wasn't disputing her knowledge, was only asking her a question. It's not as though there aren't a lot of different viewpoints on the timeframes for this sort of thing. But now I'd doubly like to hear the answer.

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    Re: Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough at NIF BBC Reports

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    Wasn't disputing her knowledge, was only asking her a question. It's not as though there aren't a lot of different viewpoints on the timeframes for this sort of thing. But now I'd doubly like to hear the answer.
    Dana is an old rocker. You need to lighten up.
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    Re: Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough at NIF BBC Reports

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Dana is an old rocker. You need to lighten up.
    I wasn't being dark!

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