I just skimmed through the news but I have watched a tv episode where they actually testing nuclear fusion FOR REAL and it is doeable. The temperature of the generated plasma would exceed that of sun but it wouldn't melt anything since they tie the plasma on a circular magnetic rail. Something like that.
I just want to say it's looking AWESOME.
This might power a true starship!
SHIELD ON, lock on target!
Too bad I was born too early to see mankind's first true starship built. But FUSION is here! Unbelievable almost UFO like technology to mankind....I mean we still run primitive machines which run on flammable dead animal extract pretty much everywhere!
Hot fusion tests have been running since decades ago. So far, even their proponents say that it will be costlier than present forms for energy production, simply due to the enormous amount of work and resources required to build a fusion reactor.
I remember the whole, cold fusion debacle at the University of Utah back in the 80's, for about a week the whole scientific community was sitting on the edge of their seats. Now that would have been something.
This may be the only thing that could stop our inevitable post-oil collapse.
EXACTLY. The 19th and especially the 20th century have been the golden age of oil. Everything(or almost everything) that we have accomplished is basically due to oil. Our industries, our economy and thus our wealth even our military.....
Without oil I shudder to think how we are able to keep the luxuries that we are enjoying atm.
Without oil our economy will collapse! and with it our social and political system...the resulting chaos global and local....the casualties.....the starvation and sufferings from lack of access to work and earning money due to collapsing economy.
This fusion is that spark of light in a dark tunnel. That little hope to stay living as dignified and advanced civilizations that we are. The alternative is a long agonizing descends or a rapid one toward chaos. Without fusion we may be forced to rely on chemical energy(battery) which is very limtied atm and or a combination with bio-fuel. The latter will bring about starvation due to increased prices of food(staples).
If one cannot be even just a little excited on the prospect of fusion I'm afraid the person may be apathetic or has lost all hope with the future.
Of course there's fission still, advanced countries in the world are deciding to build more fission nuclear power plant to reduce their dependencies on oil. But fusion is clearly the superior choice of the two and a safer and friendlier one too. Just that it's still in infancy but it seems they are getting there.