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Nuclear fusion is an incredibly complex scientific problem that researchers are coming at from all sorts of angles, and Zap Energy is starting to make waves through one of the lesser-known approaches. The Seattle-based startup has achieved a major milestone for its Z-pinch fusion technology, and is now working to make it a commercial reality via modular, garage-sized reactors that could be scaled
Across decades of development, scientists have been pursuing nuclear fusion technology through endless experiments, calculations and simulations, trying to find the optimal mix of conditions for atoms to fuse and continually release huge amounts of energy. The Alphabet-owned company DeepMind has now lent its considerable artificial intelligence know-how to the effort through a new partnership wit
For the prospect of limitless, clean energy produced through nuclear fusion to become a reality, scientists need the reactions at the heart of the technology to become self-sustaining, and newly published research has edged them closer to that goal. Scientists using a high-powered laser at the National Ignition Facility in the US have achieved "burning plasma" for the first time, demonstrating fo
Good news for fusion energy progress and a new world record for the Chinese Academy of Sciences, as its Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), or "artifical sun," maintains 70 million degrees Celsius (126 million °F) for 1,056 seconds.Continue ReadingCategory: Energy, ScienceTags: Nuclear Fusion, Tokamak reactor, Chinese Academy of Sciences, World Records, ITER
Scientists are exploring nuclear fusion technology through various experimental devices, and a popular design for this pursuit of clean, practically inexhaustible energy is known as the tokamak. An exciting example of these donut-shaped reactors can be found at the Korea Institute of Fusion Energy, where scientists have reportedly set a new record by maintaining super-hot plasma for 30 seconds.Co
The Wendelstein 7-X stellarator is an experimental nuclear fusion reactor designed to bring us closer to the prospect of clean, limitless energy, and since producing its first plasma in 2015 we've seen it take steady and significant steps toward that aim. Physicists have just confirmed another "major advance" that could see the reactor host plasma twice as hot as the Sun's core as a result of eff
The results of a major trial testing convalescent plasma therapy for COVID-19 in high-risk outpatients have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The once-promising therapy was found to be ineffective in preventing disease progression in high-risk patients.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Blood, Plasma, Virus, U.S. National
Bacterial infections of the middle ear are quite common, particularly in children, yet they can be difficult to treat. An experimental new device has been designed to help, by zapping the bacteria with plasma.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: University of Illinois, ear, Infections, Bacteria, Treatment, Plasma
A clinical trial run by the National Institutes of Health exploring the efficacy of convalescent plasma in treating mild to moderate COVID-19 patients has been halted. The once-promising treatment was deemed unlikely to be of any benefit and follows on from prior trials halted for similar reasons.Continue ReadingCategory: Health & Wellbeing, LifestyleTags: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Blood, Plasm
Scientists have found evidence of a “space hurricane” for the first time. The storm, made up of swirling clouds of plasma, raged in Earth’s upper atmosphere for hours, dumping huge amounts of electrons like rain in a system that resembles a regular hurricane.Continue ReadingCategory: Space, ScienceTags: Hurricane, Atmosphere, Earth, Weather, Plasma, Electrons, University of Reading


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