MIT’s Fusion Reactor Broke a World Record Right Before the US Goverment Switched it Off

MIT’s fusion programme has fallen on hard times, but that hasn’t stopped it from smashing world records and keeping the dream of limitless, carbon-free energy alive. At an International Atomic Energy Agency summit in Japan this week, researchers involved with MIT’s Alcator C-Mod tokamak reactor announced that their machine had generated the highest plasma pressure ever recorded. Read More >>

The Real Problem With Fusion Energy

The longstanding joke about fusion—that it’s the energy source of the future, and always will be—may be the field’s biggest problem. Read More >>

Our Best Shot at Nuclear Fusion Needs Magnets Weighing as Much as a Boeing 747

When it’s finally built, ITER will be the world’s biggest experimental tokamak nuclear fusion reactor—and probably our best chance to date for making nuclear fusion work. But engineers are currently toiling with building the damn thing and it’s magnets are proving to be a challenge. Read More >>

Chinese Fusion Test Creates 50 Million°C for 102 Seconds

Tests at a fusion reactor in China have hit a major milestone. The experiments have created plasma with a temperature of 49.999 million°C —hotter than the core of our Sun — and sustained the state for over a minute and a half. Read More >>

Scientists in Germany Take a Major Step Towards Nuclear Fusion

Physicists in Germany have used an experimental nuclear fusion device to produce hydrogen plasma in a process similar to what happens on the Sun. The test marks an important milestone on the road towards this super-futuristic source of cheap and clean nuclear energy. Read More >>

A New Laser Could Make Materials Hotter Than the Sun Almost Instantly

Ever feel like an insanely high powered laser could solve your problems? Fusion researchers sure do! And now, they may have the blueprint they’ve been searching for. New theoretical work indicates it could be possible to build a laser that heats materials to temperatures hotter than the centre of the sun—within a millionth of a millionth of a second. Read More >>

A Startup With No Website Just Announced a Major Fusion Breakthrough

A small startup has announced a major advance toward fusion power, the Holy Grail of energy that could rid us of fossil fuels forever. Tri Alpha Energy says it’s built a machine that can hold a hot blob of plasma steady at 10 million degrees Celsius for five whole milliseconds. Read More >>

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VMware Updates to Support Windows 10

Want to bring the (surprisingly good) power of Cortana to your MacBook? Well, there’s now two options. Read More >>

A Stealth Energy Startup Just Made a 10x Improvement to its Fusion Tech

Tri Alpha Energy does not have a website. Its office in California is unmarked. But this stealth company apparently has hundreds of millions in cash. And now it has something to show for it, reports Science: The company claims it’s gotten ten times better at containing high-energy particles necessary for fusion energy. Read More >>

Lockheed Martin’s New Fusion Reactor Might Change Humanity Forever

This is the interior of an invention that could change civilisation as we know it: A compact fusion reactor developed by Skunk Works, the stealthy experimental technology division of Lockheed Martin. It is the size of a jet engine, power aeroplanes, spaceships, and cities—and they say it will be operative in only 10 years. Read More >>

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Nine-Year Time-Lapse Video Shows How to Make a Nuclear Fusion Reactor

This time-lapse video shows the assembly of the most modern nuclear rector of its kind by the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany. Work on the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device has taken nearly ten years so far—here it is condensed down to just three minutes. Read More >>

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An Overdue Reactor That Could be the Key to Our Fusion Revolution

Even with the recent advancements in renewable energy technologies, it's going to be tough to satisfy the electrical needs of our booming human population in the coming years. However, if this international nuclear reactor can ever come online, we may see fusion-driven, utility-scale power grids within our lifetimes. Read More >>

Nuclear Fusion Has Broken Even For the First Time Ever

Nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the sun, could provide us with limitless cheap energy—but experiments to date have always used more power than they created. Now, though, researchers have apparently tipped that balance, making fusion a real possibility. Read More >>

Scientists Fire the World’s Most Powerful Laser

Hidden away at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's National Ignition Facility is a terrifying 10-story laser. Recently scientists have finally started using it in anger, and now they've even smashed previous records to fire the most powerful laser shot ever recorded. Read More >>