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Palmtop Nuclear Fusion Device Invented

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posted on Apr, 27 2005 @ 07:29 PM

The nuclear reaction that powers the Sun has been reproduced in a pocket-sized device, scientists announced today.

Researchers have for years tried to harness nuclear fusion to power the world. But its cousin, nuclear fission -- the breaking apart of atoms -- is the only method so far commercially viable.

The latest invention is not in the same league as efforts to build complex commercial reactors. The new device creates a relatively small number of reactions, and requires more energy to operate than it produces.

But the configuration is so small and simple that its creators think it may inspire unforeseen applications.

"I certainly find it interesting that you can heat a cubic centimeter crystal in your hand, then plunge it in cold water and it will cause nuclear fusion," Seth Putterman from the University of California Los Angeles told LiveScience.

THIS is amazing:

"The nuclear reaction that powers the Sun has been reproduced in a pocket-sized device"

you talk about making things mini


posted on Apr, 27 2005 @ 07:40 PM
First the Blackberry, then comes the RadiationBerry.

posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 03:00 AM
It is useless for generating power at the moment because it uses more than it produces.

posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 05:52 AM
Theres a couple of other threads on this topic, including ATSNN.

posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 05:59 AM
on the other hand near the end did you notice the possibility of a "beam" that could propel small space ships? wonder what the paramiters of such a "beam" would be? might be usefull as a cutting device or something.

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