Saturday, January 6, 2018

Artificial stars and liquid metal: A startup is still working toward fusion


It sounds like science fiction. 

At a laboratory in Vancouver, Canada, scientists donning red coats say they have recreated the scorching, 100-million degree conditions inside the core of our sun. They use a two-story-high, octopus-like metal apparatus to collapse walls of silver liquid metal over hydrogen atoms, fusing the particles together and releasing heat. This heat is then turned into carbon-free energy. 

Yes, it can work, but there's still a long, long way to go before this technology might end up powering your home. For over half a century, humanity has invested brilliant minds and billions of dollars to crack the fusion equation. Even so, the fusion dream remains largely mired in far-off future conceptions of what could be. Read more...

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