Sunday, April 19, 2009

No joke. Nuclear fusion may now be a 'holy cow game-changer'

Harnessing nuclear fusion (the process that makes the sun burn) as a super-efficient energy source here on Earth has always been a to-good-to-be-true joke, "it's the energy source of the future and always will be." But people ain't laughing as hard these days.

At the National Ignition Facility (killer name!), they've managed to come up with a fusion process "which can deliver 50 times more energy than any previous fusion laser system." (
NY Times) This has the potential to be a "holy cow game-changer."

And the timing, during an economic downturn, is probably no coincidence. "Tough times can spur people to look for unconventional solutions to society's challenges." (
MSNBC) What a terrific story would that be? To have the world's greatest energy source come out of the world's greatest economic melt down?

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