Scientists Making Progress With Nuclear Fusion As Potential Energy Source

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Scientists at California’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have recently successfully triggered a nuclear fusion reaction which resulted in a net gain of energy, or producing more energy than it took to create it.  It is the second such success in less than a year when the same team in December yielded a 150% increase in energy, converting 2.05 megajoules into 3.15 megajoules.  This was done by shooting ultra-powered lasers into a centimeter-sized capsule “oven” which contained converted variants of hydrogen gas called deuterium and tritium.  The lasers were converted into X-rays which then turned the gas into plasma.  The most recent experiment yielded even more energy at 3.50 megajoules. Fusion produces more carbon-free energy and has a substantially less impactful aftermath compared to fission, which produces toxic nuclear waste.  The Department of Energy stated this breakthrough “will pave the way for advancements in national defense and the future of clean power.”