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Scientists Try Creating a Star in Laboratory

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posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 01:04 PM

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


Now how cool would it be to have a mini sun locked up in your basement , generating the power for your home

Here is the recipe they are using to create there sun

How to build a star
Here is the boiled-down recipe for how the Livermore lab plans to cook up a star:
Step one: Build the largest laser in the world, preferably inside a drab-looking office building. (To do this, you'll have to suspend all previous notions about what a laser looks like. This one is basically a giant factory full of tubes. The laser beam, which is concentrated light, bounces back and forth over the distance of a mile, charging up as it goes.)
Step two: Split this humongous laser into 192 beams. Aim all of them -- firing-range style -- at a single point that's about the size of a BB.
Step three: On that tiny target, apply a smidge of deuterium and tritium, two reactive isotopes of hydrogen that can be extracted from seawater. Surround those atoms with a gold capsule that's smaller than a thimble.
Step four: Fire the laser!

Lets keep our eye on this one !

posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 01:22 PM
This seems to be a hot story. This makes the third thread on it.
first thread here:

posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 01:24 PM
reply to post by fleetlord

Thanks for pointing that out , I did a search and found nothing


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