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October 15, 2014, 04:55:47 PM
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This is huge: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lockheed-claims-breakthrough-on-fusion-energy/



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October 15, 2014, 05:22:56 PM
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Talk about cheap and efficient source of energy for the network ...

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October 15, 2014, 05:24:39 PM
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This is huge: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lockheed-claims-breakthrough-on-fusion-energy/



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if true it is the  biggest leap in electrical power supply  source in more then 75 years.

  It would mean cleaner air no coal plants for power.  Nice find.

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October 15, 2014, 08:48:14 PM
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The article has some major errors which makes me wonder about the author.  For example the following sentence:

"U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers run on nuclear power, but they have large fusion reactors on board that have to be replaced on a regular cycle."

Submarines and aircraft carriers do not have a fusion reactor.  The author seems to be confusing the very different fusion and fission nuclear processes.  Also reactors are not replaced on a regular cycle.  Possibly the author meant they need to be fuelled on a regular cycle.

If you want to see what is involved in building a real fusion reactor see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITER and www.iter.org.  This is an international 10-20 billion dollar project to build a working fusion reactor.  It is an international effort similar in size to that for the International Space Station and the Large Hadron Collider.
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October 15, 2014, 08:58:11 PM
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The article has some major errors which makes me wonder about the author.  For example the following sentence:

"U.S. submarines and aircraft carriers run on nuclear power, but they have large fusion reactors on board that have to be replaced on a regular cycle."

Submarines and aircraft carriers do not have a fusion reactor.  The author seems to be confusing the very different fusion and fission nuclear processes.  Also reactors are not replaced on a regular cycle.  Possibly the author meant they need to be fuelled on a regular cycle.

If you want to see what is involved in building a real fusion reactor see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITER and www.iter.org.  This is an international 10-20 billion dollar project to build a working fusion reactor.  It is an international effort similar in size to that for the International Space Station and the Large Hadron Collider.
I think author made a typo... i'm expecting the article to get revised to reflect it.  many ppl have caught that
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October 15, 2014, 09:33:30 PM
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It may be useful to read this article which seems to actually quote what McGuire/Lockheed say and be much more accurate.

http://aviationweek.com/technology/skunk-works-reveals-compact-fusion-reactor-details

One more example of errors, McGuire says "The early reactors will be designed ... to fit into transportable units measuring 23 X 43 ft".  Somehow this has become "seven feet by 10 feet" in the article on the Scientific America site.  
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October 15, 2014, 10:56:30 PM
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Won't be available for another decade though, so let's not get too excited. Tongue

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