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Big News on Nukes -- Fusion May Be Close

Author: Reilly Capps/Tuesday, October 8, 2013/Categories: environment

By Reilly Capps

The holy grail of energy may be closer than ever. 

Scientists in California have gotten more energy out of a fusion reaction than they put in

Fusion, of course, is what powers the sun. It means smushing atoms together instead of smashing them apart. 

At the Lawrence Livermore laboratory near Berkeley, scientists focused 192 lasers at a very small target to create some of the conditions that exist in the center of stars.

This is huge. If the scientists experience continued success, fusion may be closer than ever. Fusion could be cheap and clean energy. If it works, a lot of our troubles could be over. 

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