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Hot stuff: Lab hits milestone on long road to fusion power

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It’s already taken several years inside a lab that is straight out of Star Trek — one of the movies used the lab as background visuals for the Enterprise’s engine room — and many failed attempts to get to this point. One adjustment that helped: Researchers made the fuel capsule about 10% bigger. Now it's up to the size of a BB.

Fusion has been decades away for decades. This is something that needs a moon shot budget because it would be a societal game changer.

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Not sure "smooshing" is a technical term....

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Lets create a self replicating source of heat as hot as the sun, on earth. Turn earth into a second sun in seconds if containment fails? Scary stuff.

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