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Nuclear Fusion on Brink of Being Realised, say MIT scientists

By Hannah Devlin

The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years. 142 more words

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Developing A Process To Provide Proof Of Nuclear Identity

In a world of evergrowing tension, international trust is at an all time low. With the recent Russian diplomat expulsions and resulting retaliatory expulsion of mostly US diplomats from Russia, there is a considerable political conflict brewing. 558 more words

Engineering

Probing Thermal Properties Of Thorium Dioxide

Thorium dioxide (ThO2), also known as thoria, is a very important nuclear material. It itself is not actually fissile (able to sustain a nuclear fission reaction) but anyone who knows their isotopes will notice something about thorium-232. 533 more words

Nuclear Physics

Making Miniature Fusion With Low Frequency Incredible Intensity Lasers

When plasmas are compressed into multi-kilojoule lasers, some of the largest in the world, it is normally possible to get some nuclear fusion occurring. The neutrons produced in this fusion are normally produced in yields of about 105 neutrons per joule. 339 more words

Nuclear Physics

Photo of a Single Atom with an Ordinary Camera

A student at the University of Oxford is being celebrated in the world of science photography for capturing a single, floating atom with an ordinary camera. 66 more words

Science

Looking For Method To Make Electric Field Measurements

Laser pulses on the femtosecond timescale and with many terawatts of power have allowed the scientific community to examine all manner of extreme physical effects. It is the production of these lasers which has brought about the very recent field of experimental astrophysics, something that would have been scoffed at fifty years ago. 363 more words

Engineering

Physicists Have Created an Artificial Gamma Ray Burst in the Lab

By Matt Williams

On July 2nd, 1967, the U.S. Vela 3 and 4 satellites noticed something rather perplexing. Originally designed to monitor for nuclear weapons tests in space by looking for gamma radiation, these satellites picked up a series of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) coming from deep space. 97 more words

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