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Here's an email I received from Akito Takahashi, a colleague of Arata's, this morning:
"Arata's demonstration...was successfully done. There came about 60 people from universities and companies in Japan and few foreign people. Six major newspapers and two TV [stations] (Asahi, Nikkei, Mainichi, NHK, et al.) were there...Demonstrated live data looked just similar to the data they reported in [the] papers...This showed the method highly reproducible. Arata's lecture and Q&A were also attractive
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Originally posted by pondrthis
Fusion is not typically 1 alpha particle -> Helium (simply gain electrons), but 2 Deuterium (heavy hydrogen) -> Helium.
The article doesn't read much like a scientific article stylistically
Originally posted by Cyberbian
It is true. There are a number of high level groups developing the technology. Do not expect to buy a Mr Fusion device to run your home or car. These will be large devices like nuclear plants. True Fusion devices throw off neutron bombardments. My understanding is that it takes about 12 feet of earth to damp the damage from that.
Neutron bombs kill every living thing and leave the canned goods on the shelf.
Right now there is a group working toward sustaining the reaction. To do that you need to scale up the size of the experiment.
The Princeton experiment below takes twice the power input as it yields.
A commercial fusion reactor may not occur in our lifetimes.
Chinese Fusion Reactor
US Fusion Reactor Princeton
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