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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2017 edited
     
    Hot chick and her chi may have fusion answer:

    Ebrahimi is investigating coaxial helicity injection (CHI), a method of starting fusion reactions that doesn’t involve solenoids, thereby simplifying the design of conventional tokamaks and making them both more compact and less costly.


    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2017
     
    Anyone heard anything recently about Rotamaks?
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      CommentAuthormaryyugo
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2017
     
    WTF is pB11?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd 2017
     
    Look under "boron"

    As I understand it, it's a nuclear reaction involving a proton and boron-11.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2017
     
    A Helium-Resistant Material Could Usher in the Age of Nuclear Fusion.

    https://futurism.com/helium-resistant-material-usher-nuclear-fusion/

    What does could mean?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2017
     
    It's not fusion, but it's a surprise to me. A Japanese team is reporting confirmation of nuclear reactions initiated by lightning strikes in the upper atmosphere.

    Lightning can accelerate some electrons to almost the speed of light, and the electrons can then produce γ-rays. Babich proposed that when one of these γ-rays hits the nucleus of a nitrogen atom in the atmosphere, the collision can dislodge a neutron.


    Ref.
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2017 edited
     
    Intriguing. Could this be the spark that mutated the primordial soup into life?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2017
     
    Huh?
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      CommentAuthorDuracell
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2017
     
    γ-rays
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      CommentAuthorping1400
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2017
     
    Gamma for dummies
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2017 edited
     
    Breakthroughs could make commercial laser nuclear fusion through billion times improvements in yield.

    https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/12/billion-times-improvement-with-laser-nuclear-fusion-using-avalanche-reaction-effect.html

    Laser boron fusion reactor with picosecond petawatt block ignition.

    https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.09722
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    Very cool. I like how the containment issue has been finessed.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2017
     
    Same story. SD

    Laser-boron fusion now 'leading contender' for energy.

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171213104941.htm

    How do the Australians do it, its bad enough they beat us at cricket.

    No radioactive waste CANZUK should finance it and help save the world, with a little profit.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2017
     
    "In a paper in the scientific journal Laser and Particle Beams today, lead author Heinrich Hora from the University of New South Wales in Sydney and international colleagues argue that the path to hydrogen-boron fusion is now viable, and may be closer to realisation than other approaches, such as the deuterium-tritium fusion approach being pursued by U.S. National Ignition Facility (NIF) and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor under construction in France.

    "I think this puts our approach ahead of all other fusion energy technologies," said Hora, who predicted in the 1970s that fusing hydrogen and boron might be possible without the need for thermal equilibrium. "
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      CommentAuthoroak
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2017
     
    Thanks for the short version.
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    Meanwhile LPPFusion actually does experiments on real hardware
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2017
     
    So in fifty years, they should have something.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2017
     
    HB11 again?

    New Calculations May Finally Make Fusion Energy a Reality.

    https://futurism.com/calculations-fusion-energy-reality/
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      CommentAuthorpcstru
    • CommentTimeJan 9th 2018
     
    2017 Progress at Tokamak Energy. ~2 Minute video, 2017 milestones and a little about 2018.
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