On Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:58:09 AM UTC-5, notbob wrote:
I don't see what qualifies this as tremendous news. Scientists have
created small fusion reactions in a lab setting for decades now. Yes, it's
another step that they've gotten more energy out than they've put in for the
first time, but if you look at what it took to do that, there is no
clear path, in fact no path at all, to how this could be made
commercially viable. It's one thing to take some mega laser that
fills a whole building and create a little energy out of one tiny pellet.
There is a long road from that to being able to actually contain
and capture the energy and scale it up to something that produces
commercial energy. And a good chance that before that happens, something
else that's more viable will come along.
Were you the guy that had that small shattered section of Neodynium doped
laser sitting onyour desk? The one that when fired off found an internal
flaw so all the energy converged on it. and $20,000 evaporated instantly.
No, but the story sounds vaguely familiar.
I worked six yrs as a contract mech tech on several of LLNLs projects.
Some were worthy, others less so. I moved to the private sector when
I realized my personal safety was not a primary concern of the feds.
That, and there was more money to be made in Silicon Valley. ;)
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