Scientists just took a major step towards achieving nuclear fusion

With the potential to provide almost limitless energy, free of any radioactive by-product or greenhouse gases, nuclear fusion is the goal many are aiming to achieve.

Creating a system to harness the power of nuclearfusion is proving difficult, however. Now, researchers think they have taken a step closer to that goal.

It takes immense pressure and temperatures of about 150 million degrees to get atoms to combine in a fusion reactor. Runaway electrons can wreak havoc in the fusion reactors currently under development and could destroy a reactor without warning.



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