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Four ways to fusion: The pros and pitfalls of our nuclear power pursuit

A look inside the pit of the ITER tokamak reactor, which will become the world's largest nuclear fusion device upon completion

For nearly a century, scientists have been tantalized by the prospect of attaining an inexhaustible source of energy through nuclear fusion. Unfortunately, engineering a controlled environment where atomic nuclei can continuously fuse under extreme pressure and temperature to produce energy that we can capture is very difficult, but that doesn’t mean exciting advances aren’t being made. Here we take a look at some of the different approaches to nuclear fusion, and the reasons why some appear more promising than others.

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Category: Energy, Science

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