UCLA Scientists Produce Nuclear Fusion

    April 27, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

While this isn’t ending dependence on fossil fuels, the breakthrough could help the oil drilling and homeland security industries.

A strong electric field and a little crystal gave off an isotope of helium along with neutrons. This reaction shows fusion likely took place.

It isn’t time to dump your oil stocks, though. The small experiment did not give off more energy than was used to get the reaction; that would have been a massive breakthrough.

This experiment will lead to others as scientists seek practical applications for the technique. Those possibilities include aiding in drilling for oil and scanning luggage at airports for bombs.

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