posted on Feb, 14 2014 @ 12:21 AM
reply to post by FyreByrd
Not faulting you FyreByrd, because you did what's expected in copying the article title, but I am faulting the writers for a misleading title.
Sustainable fusion is still a distant goal it seems, though the headline might seem to suggest it has been achieved.
The details in the story spell out that the energy input was 2000 kJ and the energy output was only 17 kJ.
They wave their hands and say most of the energy in didn't reach the fuel, and if you make adjustments for that the calculations look more optimistic,
which while it may be true still says we are a long way from practical generation with energy out less than 1% of energy in.
Here's the same story posted from a different source with a less misleading title:
U.S. scientists achieve 'turning point' in fusion energy quest
The call it a 'turning point' which since it's in quotes helps to emphasize that it's not such a magic breakthrough. It's probably ok for the mods to
close this thread and refer to the existing thread with less misleading title.
edit on 14-2-2014 by Arbitrageur because: clarification