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    The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    A milestone has been reached in the 60-year struggle to harness the nuclear reactions that power the Sun in an experiment that could lead to a way of producing an unlimited source of clean and sustainable energy in the form of nuclear fusion.

    Scientists in California said on Wednesday night that they have for the first time managed to release more energy from their nuclear fusion experiment than they put into it, which marks a critical threshold in eventually achieving the goal of a self-sustaining nuclear-fusion reaction.

    The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy - Science - News - The Independent
    This is very cool....And it is 'clean energy' I can get behind producing...I think we should go after this like the race to the moon in the 60s.....Remarkable.
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    This is very cool....And it is 'clean energy' I can get behind producing...I think we should go after this like the race to the moon in the 60s.....Remarkable.
    A friend's father specialized in laser research said we would be able to do fusion and have all the cheap energy we needed. The poor guy has been dead now for many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    A friend's father specialized in laser research said we would be able to do fusion and have all the cheap energy we needed. The poor guy has been dead now for many years.
    Yeah, shame really....See, I am an all the above guy....And although solar, and wind get all the press, THIS is what we need to be rallying around....
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    This is very cool....And it is 'clean energy' I can get behind producing...I think we should go after this like the race to the moon in the 60s.....Remarkable.
    Yep! Too cool. But color me cynical, and perhaps I'll be pleasantly surprised. I think black gold still rules the day (year, decade......)
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    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Yeah, shame really....See, I am an all the above guy....And although solar, and wind get all the press, THIS is what we need to be rallying around....
    It's unquestionable that this needs to be exploited. But sun and wind are natural accruing elements that should also be continued and expanded. Not ignored for this.
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    This is very cool....And it is 'clean energy' I can get behind producing...I think we should go after this like the race to the moon in the 60s.....Remarkable.
    This is great, but we haven't scratched the surface of proven options like Thorium reactors, which have been around since the '60s and are superior to Uranium reactors in just about every way possible, including safety and fuel efficiency.

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    If we'd dumped this kind of development money into Thorium reactors they'd be powering cities today, not "maybe useful someday."

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    To think that they made that much progress in 5 months. Awesome news.

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    Breaking News: Thursday Night, several scientists in California have disappeared and the only evidence at the scene was several crude oil footprints.

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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Yep! Too cool. But color me cynical, and perhaps I'll be pleasantly surprised. I think black gold still rules the day (year, decade......)
    Of course it does. In no way do I propose cutting off our current methods of energy until this is proven, tested, and in place.

    It's unquestionable that this needs to be exploited. But sun and wind are natural accruing elements that should also be continued and expanded. Not ignored for this.
    Natural occurring or not, they are just not going to produce energy to scale of demand, and don't have the applications that this has....Plus, unlike the current proponents of wind/solar, I am not calling for cutting off petroleum based energy before this is ready....
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    Re: The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Breaking News: Thursday Night, several scientists in California have disappeared and the only evidence at the scene was several crude oil footprints.
    Booooooooo! *thumbs down*
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