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    The National Ignition Facility

    "Creating a miniature star on Earth" is the goal of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), home to the world's largest and highest-energy laser in Livermore, California. On September 29th, 2010, the NIF completed its first integrated ignition experiment, where it focused its 192 lasers on a small cylinder housing a tiny frozen capsule containing hydrogen fuel, briefly bombarding it with 1 megajoule of laser energy. The experiment was the latest in a series of tests leading to a hoped-for "ignition", where the nuclei of the atoms of the fuel inside the target capsule are made to fuse together releasing tremendous energy - potentially more energy than was put in to start the initial reaction, becoming a valuable power source. The NIF has cost over $3.5 billion since 1997 and is a part of the federally funded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Scientists at NIF say they hope to achieve fusion by 2012.

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    nagash     Tue, Oct 12, 2010  Permanent link

    Scientists at NIF say they hope to achieve fusion by 2012.

    sometime around december, I assume.... hehehe
    f.Myles     Tue, Oct 12, 2010  Permanent link
    the 21st per chance:-)
    bp_1320     Tue, Oct 19, 2010  Permanent link
    uhm. Hold the phone. Really? Didn't Doc Oc try that in spiderman 2? He almost created a black hole that would have completely sucked in the earth and destroyed our planet... maybe they should host this experiment in a neighboring solar system.
    BenRayfield     Tue, Nov 2, 2010  Permanent link
    They don't have nearly the accuracy needed to create a black hole. They're talking about a statistical behavior of hydrogen that will allow 2 protons to stick together and release energy instead of bouncing off eachother. Their strategy is mostly trial-and-error, and even if they make it work, its just a more efficient variation of a nuclear bomb that works in reverse. Its still going to release heat in random directions.

    To create a black hole using less mass and energy than a star would take more accuracy than their current trial-and-error strategies will ever result in.

    I have some theories about fractal thermodynamics  that might eventually lead to those levels of accuracy, but I have no reason to spend my time thinking of how those theories could be expanded for producing large amounts of power until the Human species stops thinking so much like Monkeys.

    The research described in this thread is working toward extinction of Humans, and we should not allow it to continue until there have been no wars for a few years. If there is a shortage of power, you might try not flying so many of those military devices in the air that I've been seeing in the last few years. The number of things in the sky has more than doubled in the last few years, both in California and North Carolina, as measured by myself looking into the sky. We don't need more power. We need those secret projects to stop wasting it.