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Old 04-27-2013, 12:00 AM   #1
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This is pretty awesome right here. I will let the article do the talking.

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An idyllic hilltop setting in the Cadarache forest of Provence in the south of France has become the site of an ambitious attempt to harness the nuclear power of the sun and stars.

It is the place where 34 nations representing more than half the world’s population have joined forces in the biggest scientific collaboration on the planet –only the International Space Station is bigger...

... If Iter demonstrates that it is possible to build commercially-viable fusion reactors then it could become the experiment that saved the world in a century threatened by climate change and an expected three-fold increase in global energy demand.

This week the project gained final approval for the design of the most technically challenging component –the fusion reactor’s “blanket” that will handle the super-heated nuclear fuel...

... Over the next few years about a million individual components of the highly complex fusion reactor will arrive at the Cadarache site from around the world. They will be assembled like a giant Lego model in a nearby building which has a volume equal to 81 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Nothing is left to chance in a project that has defied potential Babel-like misunderstandings between the collaborating nations. The design, development and construction of a machine that will attempt to emulate the nuclear fusion reactions of the Sun is proving to be a triumph of diplomacy, as well as science and engineering.

“It is the largest scientific collaboration in the world. In fact, the project is so complex we even had to invent our own currency –known as the Iter Unit of Account –to decide how each country pays its share,” says Carlos Alejaldre, Iter’s deputy director responsible for safety.

“We’ve passed from the design stage to being a construction project. We will have to show it is safe. If we cannot convince the public that this is safe, I don’t think nuclear fusion will be developed anywhere in the world,” Dr Alejaldre said.

“A Fukushima-like accident is impossible at Iter because the fusion reaction is fundamentally safe. Any disturbance from ideal conditions and the reaction will stop. A runaway nuclear reaction and a core meltdown are simply not possible,” he said.

Conventional nuclear power produces energy by atomic fission –the splitting of the heavy atoms of uranium fuel. This experimental reactor attempts to fuse together the light atoms of hydrogen isotopes and, in the process, to liberate virtually unlimited supplies of clean, safe and sustainable energy....
More at link: http://drudgegae.iavian.net/r?hop=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.independent.co.uk%2Fnews%2F science%2Fone-giant-leap-for-mankind-13bn-iter-project-makes-breakthrough-in-quest-for-nuclear-fusion-a-solution-to-climate-change-and-an-age-of-clean-unlimited-energy-8590480.html

Even if you dont buy into man made global warming (I dont) this still must excite. The world is about to change forever if it all comes together...

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This is not a conspiracy, but as it has not yet been assembled and tested, I felt this the most appropriate place for it.
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Sounds great. I hope it works.

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Wouldn't it be more economical to develop a way to harness the power of lightning?

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Probably not in a consistant and controlable manner like fusion.
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Surprised there hasnt been more comments.

This is a "man discovers fire" type of an event!

FWIW, it puts within contemplation Einsteins theory on light speed travel. Because it provides a surplus of energy, we may be able to provide the infinite energy needed for light speed travel (in theory in my mind).

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These things really work. In England 1,000 years ago the Druids built "Stone Hinge". It seems they put up this stone circle to save the world. Here we are 10 centuries later. That Damn thing has worked quite well.

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These things really work. In England 1,000 years ago the Druids built "Stone Hinge". It seems they put up this stone circle to save the world. Here we are 10 centuries later. That Damn thing has worked quite well.
Indeed so it would seem
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Surprised there hasnt been more comments.

This is a "man discovers fire" type of an event!
No... This is a ''man gets together to rub sticks and hope it works'' type of event.
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There are a few inventions/discoveries that are truly outstanding in human history. This would be one of them. If these people can make fusion energy work, everything changes.

The mid-east oil sheiks and their like are going to be really, really pissed. The islamo-fascists will lose their source of funding.

Considering their high cost of operation, wind and solar energy projects become obsolete overnight.

No new nuclear, oil, coal, or NG power plants. Companies that supply these materials will take a huge hit.

Eisenhower's vision of non-metered electricity may actually become real. Just subscribe to a feed and who cares how much you use.

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Surprised there hasnt been more comments.

This is a "man discovers fire" type of an event!

FWIW, it puts within contemplation Einsteins theory on light speed travel. Because it provides a surplus of energy, we may be able to provide the infinite energy needed for light speed travel (in theory in my mind).
Not really. You see, as an object increases in speed it actually increases in mass as well, proportionately increasing the amount of energy necessary to accelerate the object. This is the problem with light speed. At the speed of light an object would have infinite mass, therefore reaching that speed requires infinite energy.
In short, quantity of energy isn't really the problem because no quantity would ever be sufficient.
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