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Star power: the lure of laser fusion energy
Star power: recent experiments at the US National Ignition Facility suggest that the 192-beam laser system is close to achieving the long-held goal of inertial confinement fusion with energy gain, or "burn". Focused Energy, now backed by investors including former baseball star Alex Rodriguez, will look to build a fast-repetition-rate version of the NIF setup, with the potential for future use in gigawatt-scale generation of clean energy. Photo: NIF/LLNL.
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