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Livermore, California (CNN) -- Scientists at a government lab here are trying to use the world's largest laser -- it's the size of three football fields -- to set off a nuclear reaction so intense that it will make a star bloom on the surface of the Earth.
The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's formula for cooking up a sun on the ground may sound like it's stolen from the plot of an "Austin Powers" movie. But it's no Hollywood fantasy: The ambitious experiment will be tried for real, and for the first time, late this summer.
I think lasers are the best known mechanism for inducing nuclear fusion (and nuclear fusion is looking like our best option)...but I could be wrong.
Does anyone else see this to be a huge waste of time and money?
I mean come on there are so many other energy technologies, why even try to make a sun, there is the possibility something bad happens.
To be honest...with all this LHC and 2012 stuff...I think they realize they need to inform people about the experiment in a delicate fashion, because people often don't like the idea of recreating black-holes and stars on Earth...admittedly, I do think trying to create a black-hole is highly insane when they are one of the least understood phenomena in our universe...but we understand the Sun and lasers enough in my opinion...I think they can safely attempt this...but as you've stated, it's not easy to explain this sort of stuff to people...
CNN has removed the alarmist headline in favor of the more optimistic "Can World's Largest Laser Zap Earth's Energy Woes?".
The lede remains the same with talk of creating a tiny sun etc . . .
I think this is an efficient and helpful way to use 2 billion dollars...nuclear fusion technology (using lasers) could be the future of energy production...it's certainly better than a lot of the other crazy stuff they spend ridiculous amounts of money on...the black budget is also mighty hefty, and I wonder how much crap they fund, and how much of it is spent on projects that are breaking the law and deceiving the people.
The more I look at this Livermore facility, the more I see a classic boondoggle. Nobody looking at this from a strict standpoint of Energy Generation would think that this is the most efficient or helpful way to use 2 Billion dollars.
Originally posted by Phlegmi
reply to post by Quickfix
I think that is a very narrow minded point of view. Why pump hundreds of billions of dollars into existing technologies which are very limited? When this becomes reality we will achieve the ultimate goal, limitless clean power and I think this is what we should focus on.