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MIT engineers play the long game because sometimes it can take decades to come up with a solution that works. Nuclear science and engineering is one of our longest bets, but its possible payoffs could save the planet. Now, after 50 years of effort, the prospect of sustainable fusion power looks like it could be achieved in our lifetimes.

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Walter Contreras says:

stupid girl there's better ways to create energy than nuclear energy

Moon Watch says:

THESE FUCKTARDED SCIENTISM SATANIC TWATS ARE ACTUALLY RECOMMENDING NUCLEAR POWER – AS IF U NEED ANY MORE PROOF U LIVE IN A HUMAN SOCIETY SO INCREDIBLY STUPID, IT'S CLAIMED INTELLECTS ARE REALLY JUST IQ'S IN THE SINGLE DIGITS. YEAH SCUMBAG NO-BRAIN CUNTS, NEVER MIND RADIOACTIVE HALF-LIFE AND STORING THE STILL RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS 'SAFELY', NEVERMIND THE RADIOACTIVE WATER IT LEAVES BEHIND, WHY IS THAT THEY BUILD NUKE POWER PLACES RIGHT BESIDE RIVERS? THEN POLLUTE THOSE TOO. U DIDN'T NEED THE FOSSIL FUELS AND U DON'T NEED THIS, UR WORLD IS A DISEASE THAT WASTES HUGE AMOUNTS OF POWER TO LITERALLY PRODUCE FUCK ALL OF ANY WORTH, ALL U DO IS PRODUCE POLLUTION AND LANDFILL. U SHOULD ALL KILL YOURSELVES INSTEAD OF KILLING THE ENVIRONMENT.

pauljs75 says:

Maybe my reasoning is of a "dumb layman" but I think most progress with the usual fusion reactor designs is going to be rather slow until they can figure out how to remove that central column from the reactor volume. (There are a couple advantages to having magnetic only confinement on that axis with that obstruction out of the way.)

plls12 says:

Is the reactor at 1:54 a Inertial Electrostatic Confinement fusion reactor (otherwise know as a fusor)?

gavri'el says:

"we're gonna get to a point where we don't have energy anymore"
tesla rolls over in his grave

457metal says:

what lead Tom McGuire to say in Nature that a net-positive energy production or nobel prize winning success "should arrive in five years' time"? He said this in 2014, but did Lockheed Martin need more investment capital from outside sources to make it happen? the other question i have is how the success of the W7-X stellarator will influence future experimental designs? As Obadiah asks the scientist William in Iron man, "here is the technology. I've asked you to simply make it smaller."

JoGra says:

This is soooo cool 🙂 It's really amazing what you have there!
I study in Karlsruhe, Germany where we had one of the biggest nuclear labs in Germany. Unfortunately most of it is gone although they do some work for the ITER. I will try to listen to some fusion lectures during my master studies.
Greetings from a fellow process engineer and hacker who is dreaming about the MIT 😉

acousticalman1 says:

Can you show more details about fusion experiments?
KK, BSEE 57

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