Nuclear Fusion Milestone Passed At US Lab

imagesIs nuclear fusion the answer to our energy problem or the beginning of a new one?

Via BBC:

Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion.

Harnessing fusion – the process that powers the Sun – could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.

But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.

Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion.

NIF, based at Livermore in California, uses 192 beams from the world’s most powerful laser to heat and compress a small pellet of hydrogen fuel to the point where nuclear fusion reactions take place.

The BBC understands that during an experiment in late September, the amount of energy released through the fusion reaction exceeded the amount of energy being absorbed by the fuel – the first time this had been achieved at any fusion facility in the world.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Unlimited cheap energy means industry will chew up every natural resource on the planet. Nothing will be too costly to strip mine and sell ever again.

    • Simon Valentine

      “the gas giants are raining diamonds”

  • Simon Valentine

    considering we’re all on shore and there’s a lot of deep stuff out there, i’ll pull a Kunkka (i know i know, so OP) “Tidebringer” …

    borrowing from a note in computer science; Tractability. i’ll venture the guess that you’re more familiar with the kin-word “viable”. necessary and sufficient conditions are a bit like voodoo and alchemy and have a world in common with, well, anything and everything, really. the point is, it is far more likely that {necessary and sufficient comprehension for fusion systems is the exact same condition(s) for comprehension of “spontaneous matter correlation”, “making something from nothing”, “equal matter conversion”, “teleportation”, “copying”, etc.} is true than it is that it is “false”. the truth shall set you science-fiction.

    there are no physicists, only aspiring physicists and their heuristics.

    *edit*
    for simple sakes, for the love of physics: would someone please explain to me how to achieve physically polynomial or exponential output from a linear source?

    • Simon Valentine

      Hint: most of them behave like gifts from Baal (which are not to be accepted) while others come from The Bibliodynamics chapter “Thermism”. There’s also gravity, purportedly, and centrifugal force. … :)

      • kowalityjesus

        congratulations, you have 666 comments

        • Simon Valentine

          lol i hadn’t noticed. been months since that # kept turning up. been here and there again lately though, at work. oh i see that, scrolling over my portrait. heh. that number was an “inspiration” though that’s not the right word, for me looking into gematria numerology. thaaat all kinda melted away in the face of training. aand i’m rambling. thanks kowalityjesus :) “four” (tetrahedral) is my recent number interest. Planck constants and impossible constructions :0

          • Calypso_1
          • Simon Valentine

            orbits indeed
            electrons of carbon
            silly integer number
            combinations’ extensions inlaid inside spheres
            impossible constructions
            reliance on nothing and some misunderstandings
            isn’t it all the same nothing anyway
            all in the same place
            all at the same time
            all with the same ways
            all used as the same crime
            how can one be so arbitrary
            how can inhuman justice be divine
            how can confuscation of words
            within science lands of cheese and wine

            no error
            just look
            like feeling up a symmetrical inception

            because hex

          • kowalityjesus

            I got a sense of paranoia at the devil having my number when you made your comment. Passing many hours and satiating my internet addiction, I have taken to watching “Is it a good idea to microwave this?” on yt, among a smattering of other things. Right before I read your comment, I had watched a video where they put a mannequin head in the microwave and the face melted away, which was why I was so taken aback when you wrote “melted away in the face.” What’s more, it was still more alarming what time they chose to put the head in for. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYnW2cDoqZw
            The face is downright disturbing. I think the devil might have me in the most subtle but permeating fashion.

          • Simon Valentine

            enough math and anything seems plausible, true, false, and a feeling, all at once. it can really become an undulating feedback loop of investigative procedure. i too have been working, with permutation and permeation, most recently in consideration with “a tetrahedral of equal integer proportion such that we investigate the possibility of spheres of integer proportion centered on any given vertex of the tetrahedral and question whether or not it is possible that there are any points on any spheres which are in integer proportion to all four vertices of the tetrahedral”. an easy picture, but a silly mouthful. one of it’s primary concerns of course is further silliness – physics’ affair with integers; atoms; subatomics; radiation; etc.

        • Rhoid Rager

          I remember my 666th. It was a pointless reply to an intractable sludge-brain conservative on the National Post. The number meant more than the words.
          Then disqus fucked me over and my number dropped for some reason—musta had to do with the name change. I should be on 2000 by now. :( *sniff*

          • kowalityjesus

            [sheds tear]

    • http://pneumerology.com/ pneumerology

      *edit*
      for simple sakes, for the love of physics: would someone please explain to me how to achieve physically polynomial or exponential output from a linear source?

      At the end of a ray gun.

      • Simon Valentine

        am i to consider the merger potential of pneumatics and numerology?!?? a poster after my own eye (of magnus)! i always wondered if a NuVinci CVT could be “modified” into a language processor. also, spheres covered with water and various flow systems mounted over. some odd spherical sci-fi drive system is sure to come out of that sort of thing. “the ‘thumbed hoses’ drive” or somesuch.

        hmm, yes, ray guns i consider the cousins of gravity and centrifugal. the “true physic” of ‘atoms’ … what a world.

        • http://pneumerology.com/ pneumerology

          I was thinking more of the “study of breathing”…. and the ray guns remark was kind of along the lines of what Anarchy Pony said. But I might also have answered your edit with a reminder that complexity develops from simplicity. Were we all not hydrogen? And does that not prove that I can be just as obtuse as you can? Well… maybe.

          • Simon Valentine

            while adages concerting the assumption “life” are of the group of pointless angle mongreling i was seeking to avoid, so to parallel and obtuse is of course in the design. “Were we not all hydrogen?” is the ticket – precisely what is the constitution or infinite regress of matters, and then how best to manage it?

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