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Clever counting keeps fusion firing

by David, 14 August 2014 | 1 comments

The Australian National University recently renovated their fusion reactor. This magnetic marvel harnesses immense pressures and temperatures to replicate the reactions that power our Sun. And there’s a lot of maths that helps to keep the reactions going! Fusion reactors use hydrogen as fuel. Under intense heat and pressure, the electrons leave the atoms, and…

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Star power on Earth

by , 8 August 2014 | 1 comments

Can we power our homes with the process that powers stars? Nuclear fusion offers to do just that, and scientists are looking for ways to harness this energy with experiments that run hotter than the Sun. The Sun is heated by fusion – a process where the nuclei of two small atoms, such as hydrogen,…

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