California Lab Makes Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough
For the first time, an experiment at the Nuclear Ignition Facility in California has succeeded in creating a fusion reaction that produced more energy than was used by the fuel necessary to enable the reaction. This is an important milestone toward achieving nuclear fusion, which could one day provide a source for unlimited clean energy. Fusion, which generates energy by smashing atoms together, is different from current nuclear fission, which produces energy by splitting atoms. If future experiments are successful, an era of abundant, free nuclear power may no longer remain merely a subject for science fiction.