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2009-03-31 10:44:33

The U.S. construction of the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is complete and researchers are preparing to start the first experiments aimed at recreating conditions at the heart of our Sun, BBC News reported. Scientists hope the experiments will demonstrate the feasibility of nuclear fusion, a process that could offer abundant clean energy. They will begin by focusing 192 giant laser beams on a tiny pellet of hydrogen fuel, in hopes they can show that more energy can be extracted from the...

2008-12-03 16:10:00

Research carried out at MIT's Alcator C-Mod fusion reactor may have brought the promise of fusion as a future power source a bit closer to reality, though scientists caution that a practical fusion powerplant is still decades away.Fusion, the reaction that produces the sun's energy, is thought to have enormous potential for future power generation because fusion plant operation produces no emissions, fuel sources are potentially abundant, and it produces relatively little (and short-lived)...

2008-10-27 15:00:20

U.S. scientists say they've created a new cast stainless steel that is 70 percent stronger than comparable steels. Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the U.S. ITER Project Office located at ORNL said the new steel in being evaluated for use in the huge shield modules required by the ITER fusion device. ITER (originally the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) is a multibillion-dollar international research and development project to demonstrate the...

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2008-10-07 13:00:41

Europe is looking into an alternative fusion project that would seek abundant clean energy using a colossal laser the size of a football stadium. The laser would produce energy by squeezing together atoms of hydrogen - a process very similar to the one that powers our Sun. Europe is already working on the Iter fusion venture that seeks to produce the same outcome via magnetic compression. The Hiper program is seen as a necessary complementary route. "We have two approaches because of the...

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2008-09-10 15:05:00

Scientists are currently seeking to develop new stronger steel in light of recent findings that show weakness in steel due to its magnetic properties. Dr Sergei Dudarev, principal scientist at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) told the British Association Science Festival that the Twin Towers in New York City fell because their steel backbones lost strength in the fires that resulted from the plane impacts. Their discovery marks the first time that experts have identified...

2008-07-07 12:00:43

The U.S. Department of Energy says it is seeking a contractor to manage and operate its Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in Princeton, N.J. Department officials say their Request for Proposals says the laboratory receives approximately $78 million annually from the Energy Department. The RFP marks the first competition for a contractor to run the laboratory. Officials said the contract will have an initial five-year base term, starting about Dec. 15, with the contractor assuming full...

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2007-02-13 21:05:00

For about six months of the year, bursts of a hot, electrically charged gas, or plasma, swirl around a donut-shaped tube in a special MIT reactor, helping scientists learn more about a potential future energy source: nuclear fusion. During downtimes when the reactor is offline, as it is right now, engineers make upgrades that will help them achieve their goal of making fusion a viable energy source--a long-standing mission that will likely continue for decades. MIT's reactor, known as...

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2006-03-08 00:45:00

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A particle accelerator at Sandia National Laboratories has heated a swarm of charged particles to a record 2 billion degrees Kelvin, a temperature beyond that of a star's interior. Scientists working with Sandia's Z machine said the feat also revealed a new phenomenon that could eventually make future nuclear fusion power plants smaller and cheaper to operate than if the plants relied on previously known physics. "At first, we were disbelieving," said Chris Deeney, head...

2005-12-02 13:32:34

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Friday to include India in a 10-billion-euro project to build an experimental nuclear fusion reactor that in the long-run could provide virtually unlimited, cheap and clean energy. The EU's willingness to work with India on a civil nuclear project comes months after the United States said it would support India's nuclear power development despite its refusal to sign a global treaty barring the spread of atomic weapons. That move was...

2005-06-28 08:30:56

By Guy Faulconbridge MOSCOW (Reuters) - France is to host the world's firstnuclear fusion reactor, the project's multinational partnersagreed on Tuesday, bringing closer a technology backers saycould one day provide the world with endless cheap energy. France beat off a rival bid from Japan to host the10-billion-euro ($12.18 billion) experimental reactor atCadarache in the south of the country, according to anagreement signed by the partners after a meeting in Moscow. The ITER...