Fusion, HO!

(Because Dragonball Z references aren’t the least bit dated.)

So Lockheed Martin is quite enthusiastic about their ideas for nuclear fusion research, and with good reason. If they really have the breakthrough they describe, nuclear fusion could be just a decade away. Finally, clean (certainly no less clean than coal or oil or fission), renewable energy that can be pulled from some of the most abundant materials on the planet. And once the first step is done, it’s only a matter of time before aneutronic fusion (fusion that doesn’t produce as much irradiating neutrons) is nigh-commonplace.

But I wouldn’t be writing about it on a critical blog if I didn’t have a caveat to discuss, and it’s this:

There hasn’t been a “breakthrough” until we have a working prototype.
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