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    AvatarBSFusion
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    #12347
    Avatartcg
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    No one should be surprised at this.

    #12349
    Avatarikanreed
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    “Wait, we’ve been spending a tiny amount of money for the good of humanity’s future? Slash it! MORE NUKES!”

    #12350
    Avatardennisp
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    I think it’s more that it’s just not working out that well.

    Something else that could be a good reason, though I haven’t seen anyone mention it, is that fast laser ignition is looking a lot more promising: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inertial_confinement_fusion#Fast_ignition

    Some recent papers even claim that it makes boron fusion feasible, once the lasers get a bit bigger.

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    tcg wrote: No one should be surprised at this.

    Not surprised in the least. All that high-powered laser technography just lying around, and too big to strap to a sharks head…

    #12353
    Avatardelt0r
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    Its not surprising since this is what the thing was built for in the first place.

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    AvatarHenning
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    delt0r wrote: Its not surprising since this is what the thing was built for in the first place.

    Right. That energy-sidetrack was just to get funded additionally.

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    Henning wrote:

    Its not surprising since this is what the thing was built for in the first place.

    Right. That energy-sidetrack was just to get funded additionally.

    Probably more of a political stunt to keep the nuclear weapons protesters away.

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    mchargue wrote: All that high-powered laser technography just lying around, and too big to strap to a sharks head…

    Build a bigger shark 😉

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    Joeviocoe wrote:

    All that high-powered laser technography just lying around, and too big to strap to a sharks head…

    Build a bigger shark 😉

    Megladon?

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    Avatarmchargue
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    annodomini2 wrote:

    All that high-powered laser technography just lying around, and too big to strap to a sharks head…

    Build a bigger shark 😉

    Megladon?

    Coming to the SyFy channel soon…

    #12417
    AvatarBSFusion
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    NIF

    #12418
    Avatarbenf
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    @BSFusion
    One hopes that the thrust of broadening the sphere of research options would also transfer over to fusion energy research for peaceful purposes…

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