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New Nuclear Fusion Experiment Produces 59 Megajoules of Energy—Leading To New World Record

A new nuclear fusion experiment was able to achieve a massive amount of energy. Some experts claimed that this feat pushes towards attaining limitless power.  

New Nuclear Fusion Experiment Produces 59 Megajoules of Energy—Leading To New World Record

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A picture shows the winding facility for the construction of poloidal field coils which will be part of the magnetic system that will contribute to confine and model plasma during the launch of the assembly stage of nuclear fusion machine “Tokamak” of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in Saint-Paul-les-Durance, southeastern France, on July 28, 2020.

As of the moment, nuclear fusion is still not possible on Earth. This energy-generating process is only found in the Sun and stars. 

The process of nuclear fusion is actually the one that makes them so bright and has a massive amount of radioactive energy. 

For those who have no idea how this happens, CNN World explained that this activity takes place when two or more atoms join together to form one massive atom. 

New Nuclear Fusion Experiment Achieves 59 Megajoules 

According to BCC news‘ latest report, the latest experiment was conducted by some U.K.-based scientists.

New Nuclear Fusion Experiment Produces 59 Megajoules of Energy—Leading To New World Record

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A sign warns of radiation contamination near former apartment buildings on April 9, 2016 in Pripyat, Ukraine. Pripyat, built in the 1970s as a model Soviet city to house the workers and families of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, now stands abandoned inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a restricted zone contaminated by radiation from the 1986 meltdown of reactor number four.

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Thanks to the advanced Joint European Torus (JET) laboratory, an operational magnetically confined plasma physics experiment, they generated 59 megajoules of energy. 

JET, also known as a tokamak, is a giant donut-shaped machine located in the village of Culham near Oxford. 

“We’ve demonstrated that we can create a mini star inside of our machine and hold it there for five seconds and get high performance, which really takes us into a new realm,” said Dr. Joe Milnes. 

He added that their experiments are allowing him and his colleagues to reach the actual nuclear fusion process.  

Why Nuclear Fusion is a Big Deal 

As of the moment, scientists are still trying to achieve the actual nuclear fusion process happening in the Sun and other bright space bodies. 

However, they are still having a hard time replicating the process on Earth. Although this is the case, they can still conduct the so-called nuclear fission, which is another energy-generating process. 

But, this one is much more dangerous since it requires atom splitting. Nuclear fission has been used to create deadly weapons, such as the nuclear bomb used in WWI and WWII. 

On the other hand, nuclear fusion is considered safer as it produces less waste and requires a small amount of fuel. This is why experts consider this process a big deal. 

In other news, DOE’s recent project considered recycling discarded solar panels. Meanwhile, the space race between NASA and China is now becoming a nuclear competition. 

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