Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The New Improved Sun 

Via Zemblan patriot K.Z., a story on the sort of project America's own scientists might have been been undertaking had the country not, for the last six years, been in the grip of oilmen:
The first plasma discharge from China`s experimental advanced superconducting research center -- the so-called 'artificial sun' -- is set to occur next month . . . .

Scientists told the newspaper a successful test will mean the world`s first nuclear fusion device of its kind will be ready to go into actual operation, the newspaper said.

The plasma discharge will draw international attention since some scientists are concerned with risks involved in such a process. But Chinese researchers involved in the project say any radiation will cease once the test is completed.
Two nice things about fusion power: 1) it generates no high-level radioactive wastes that have to be stored in the North Atlantic, say, or Nevada; 2) you do not have to destroy the infrastructure of Lebanon, or topple the governments of Iraq, Iran, and/or Syria, to keep it coming.

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