Tag: nuclear fusion

  • Notes on the NIF nuclear fusion breakthrough

    My explainer/analysis of the US nuclear fusion breakthrough was published today. Some stuff didn’t make it to the final draft for space and tone constraints; I’m publishing that below. 1. While most US government officials present at the announcement of the NIF’s results, including the president’s science advisor Arati Prabhakar (and with the exception of energy […]

  • US fusion bhashan

    US fusion bhashan

    Nuclear fusion? Yay! Climate finance? Shh!

  • Better nuclear fusion – thanks to math from biology

    A new study discusses a way to make nuclear fusion devices more efficient by applying equations used in systems biology.

  • 60 years of ‘Tsar Bomba’, history’s most powerful nuke

    This post was originally published on October 31, 2018. I republished it once in 2020 after Rosatom, the Russian nuclear energy corporation, released 40 minutes of previously classified footage of RDS-220’s explosion on August 28, 2020 (embedded below). Watch this minute-long excerpt by Reuters of the explosion. I’m republishing it again, today, following the publication […]

  • What is a fusion reaction?

    The Copernican February 21, 2014 Last week, the National Ignition Facility, USA, announced that it had breached the first step in triggering a fusion reaction. But what is a fusion reaction? Here are some answers from Prof. Bora – which require prior knowledge of high-school physics and chemistry. We’ll start from their basics (with my […]