US lab claims to have achieved “historic breakthrough” in nuclear fusion

The experiment, which took place on August 8 at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in California, was “enabled by the concentration of laser light,” at no less than 192, “a lead-sized target of prey,” a press release explains.

Its effect was “creating a hot spot equal to the diameter of a hair, generating more than 10 quadrillion watts from melting, for 100 trillionths of a second”.

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