Summary #1290

Compact Nuclear Fusion Reactor Is ‘Very Likely to Work,’ Studies Suggest

nytimes.com
  • A promising compact nuclear fusion reactor - Sparc - might begin testing in 4 years and, if it works, be turned into a fusion energy power plant in the next decade.
  • One of the goals of the project is to reach fusion power as fast as possible in order to play a role in mitigating global warming.
  • It’s based on 7 peer-reviewed papers in which researchers show that their design is very likely to work, and could produce as much as 10 times the energy it consumes.
  • Sparc employs a tokamak device for the fusion reaction, a doughnut-shaped chamber producing a plasma cloud hotter than the sun from hydrogen isotopes.
  • Several other fusion projects, with varying designs, are in progress around the world, but Sparc is looking particularly promising compared to competitors.

Categories

  • Science Science (79) Room-Temperature Superconductivity Achieved for the First Time
  • Psychology Psychology (88) Scientists find dopamine, serotonin have unexpectedly profound roles in the human brain
  • Cosmos Cosmos (38) Massive Stars Are Factories for Ingredients to Life
  • History History (19) ‘Viking’ was a job description, not a matter of heredity, massive ancient DNA study shows
  • Society Society (87) Study highlights ‘systematic opposition’ to regulation in tackling NCDs from food industry
  • Medicine Medicine (81) A Scientific First: How Psychedelics Bind to Key Brain Cell Receptor
  • Technology Technology (100) Microwaving plastic waste can generate clean hydrogen
  • Nature Nature (59) Humans, not climate, have driven rapidly rising mammal extinction rate

Newsletter

Newsletter

Fame 🙌

Bullets.tech - Articles for science lovers shortened to five bullet points. | Product Hunt Embed

We were featured on Hacker News, O'REILLY® Ideas, and Boing Boing.