Nuclear Fusion Reactions See Net Gain in Energy

16 February 2014Science

Lisa Winter, writing for IFLScience:

Using controlled nuclear fusion for a source of virtually unlimited power that is pollution-free has been a dream of physicists since Einstein’s day – but many had written the process off as science fiction. Though it is still a long way off, a new breakthrough has occurred where researchers actually saw a net gain in energy following a fusion reaction. The announcement comes from lead author Omar Hurricane from the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and was published in Nature.

A fusion power plant was the holy grail in Sim City 3000 and was only available starting in the year 2050. Looks like we might be on track to meet that timeline.