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2009-09-09 14:58:47

Just as health-food manufacturers work on developing the best possible sodium substitutes for low-salt diets, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have acquired new knowledge on a promising sodium alternative of their own. Sodium-like tungsten ions could pepper"”and conveniently monitor"”the hot plasma soup inside fusion energy devices, potential sources of abundant, clean power. Tungsten"”having the highest melting point of any...

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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...

2009-01-29 05:00:00

PARIS, January 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- - The new Bull HPC-FF[1] Supercomputer With 100 Teraflops-Capacity Will Host Applications for the European Union Fusion Community. Alongside the Bull JuRoPA Supercomputer[2] Ordered in 2008, it Will Form an Integrated Computing Platform Delivering More Than 300 Teraflops of Processing Power, Taking a Lead-Position Among Europe's Supercomputers - HPC-FF Will Help Speed up Research Into Nuclear Fusion, and put Europe in the Lead When it...

2009-01-28 11:21:14

U.S. physicists say they've designed a system that would use fusion to eliminate most toxic waste produced by nuclear power plants. The University of Texas at Austin scientists said their invention -- called the Super X Divertor -- when fully developed, could help combat global warming by making nuclear power cleaner and a more viable replacement of carbon-heavy energy sources, such as coal. We have created a way to use fusion to relatively inexpensively destroy the waste from nuclear...

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2009-01-28 08:21:51

Physicists at The University of Texas at Austin have designed a new system that, when fully developed, would use fusion to eliminate most of the transuranic waste produced by nuclear power plants. The invention could help combat global warming by making nuclear power cleaner and thus a more viable replacement of carbon-heavy energy sources, such as coal. "We have created a way to use fusion to relatively inexpensively destroy the waste from nuclear fission," says Mike Kotschenreuther, senior...

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...

2008-09-11 09:00:40

Text of report by Macedonian newspaper Nova Makedonija on 10 September [Report by Aleksandar S. Dimkovski: "Macedonia Has Five More Days To Catch Last Train for Belene"] Macedonia has five more days to decide how it will deal with the energy crisis that is threatening the region. Experts believe that one of the more favourable options would be to strike a deal with Bulgaria on power supply through subventions from the new nuclear plant that is being constructed in Belene. The documents...

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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...


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This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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