MIT Receives Millions to Build Fusion Power Plant Within 15 Years

Nuclear fusion is like a way-more-efficient version of solar power—except instead of harnessing energy from the rays of a distant sun, scientists create miniature suns in power plants here on Earth. It would be vastly more efficient and much cleaner than current methods of energy production. The main issue is that actually realising fusion power has been really difficult. 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 >>

The Boy Who Built a 500-Million-Degree Nuclear Fusion Reactor

The following excerpt is from The Boy Who Played with Fusion by Tom Clynes. The book, released today, tells the story of science prodigy Taylor Wilson, who by age 14 had built a 500-million-degree nuclear fusion reactor. Read More >>

An Odd Hypothesis About Bubbles Could Finally Lead to Nuclear Fusion

Nuclear fusion is the dream of energy scientists the world over, because it promises limitless, clean electricity. Most efforts to kickstart the process use high-intensity lasers, insane magnetic field and super-hot hydrogen plasmas. But there may be a more humble alternative. It's called sonofusion, and it involves bubbles. Read More >>

The Futuristic Technology That Could Enable Interstellar Travel

Technically savvy scientists and engineers have put much effort into conceiving far-future technologies that might make possible near-light-speed travel. You can learn a lot about their ideas by browsing the web. It will take many centuries for humans to make any of those ideas real, I think. But they do convince me that ultra-advanced civilisations are likely to travel between the stars at a tenth the speed of light or faster. Read More >>

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Here’s What the Future of Nuclear Fusion Research Looked Like in 1962

At the onset of the atomic age, governments on both sides of the iron curtain sought to harness the power of nuclear fusion. Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in New Jersey stood at the forefront of the American effort when, in 1953, they began using Stellarators—one of the earliest controlled fusion systems. Read More >>

A 30-Year-Old Reactor in Oxfordshire Could Set the World Record for Nuclear Fusion

In 1984, an EU-funded prototype nuclear fusion reactor called JET was officially opened by Queen Lizzy, and has been happily fusion-ing away ever since, even setting a world record for fusion energy back in 1997. The old gal's not done yet, however, and following an upgrade a few years ago, the scientists in charge want to have another go at a world record shot. Read More >>

13-Year-Old Builds Nuclear Reactor to Become Youngest Fusioneer Ever

Do you remember what your greatest accomplishment was at age 13? Whatever it was, Lancashire-lad Jamie Edwards, 13, just crushed it by becoming the youngest person to ever carry out atomic fusion. Read More >>

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Takes Us a Step Closer to Infinite Energy

It's one of science's ultimate goals, and perhaps the only thing that could prevent humanity's ultimate depletion of the Earth's resources -- the ability to produce more energy than is used to make it. Now, a new nuclear breakthrough has brought that feat even closer to becoming a reality. 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 >>

Did North Korea Secretly Test Two Nukes in 2010?

New analysis suggests North Korea clandestinely tested two nuclear weapons in 2010. If it's true, it would double the number of known tests hailing from the country and could mean serious nuclear warhead development is underway. Read More >>