National Ignition Facility (NIF) achieves fusion break-even
"...The latest achievement has been described as the single most meaningful step for fusion in recent years, and demonstrates NIF is well on its way towards the coveted target of ignition and self-sustaining fusion."
A baby star on Earth
. The NIF (National Ignition Facility) is about to fire up lasers to demonstrate the real world possibility of nuclear fusion with a positive energy gain. BBC link with promo video narrated by Samuel L. Jackson
. Also: previously
The largest and most powerful laser facility ever designed
is currently being constructed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
in Livermore, CA. I had an opportunity to tour this facility earlier this year, and the sheer magnitude
of this engineering project is staggering. The precision required for ignition has been compared to "trying to hit the strike zone with a baseball from 350 miles away"
. Although the scientists and politicians responsible for the National Ignition Facility claim it will help lessen the danger of nuclear weapons
, many critics argue
it is merely an attempt to work around certain non-proliferation treaties.