Scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have created something potentially revolutionary. Using the world’s largest laser system, they’ve made a world-changing energy breakthrough. Drumroll please . . . a burning plasma!
Wait, a what?
To understand the what, it helps to know the why.
As cities grow and technologies advance, the world needs more energy. More energy means more fuel.
Most power plants burn fossil fuels, such as natural gas. But these fuels don’t come cheap. They also create air pollution. Other power plants use nuclear fission, splitting atoms to create energy. But this also requires expensive fuel, and it leaves behind dangerous radioactive waste.
Now scientists say a new source of energy is coming: nuclear fusion.
In nuclear fusion, atoms don’t split apart. They fuse together. If power plants could wield fusion, they could produce less pollution and waste. Fusion doesn’t require hard-to-find fuels. Instead, it uses hydrogen, one of the most common elements on Earth. And it gets better: Fusion can produce four times more energy than fission.
But to create fusion, you need one more thing: plasma.
You’re probably familiar with three states of matter: solids, liquids, and gases. But some elements can become so hot they turn from gas to plasma.
When hydrogen becomes plasma, nuclear fusion can happen. But plasma doesn’t burn by itself. You need heat to keep it going. There’s the dilemma. To keep plasma hot enough for nuclear fusion, you end up using more energy than you create. It’s also difficult to safely contain that much heat in a power plant.
You might not know it, but you see burning plasma every day. Just look up! The Sun is a giant, burning ball of plasma—and so is every other star. Countless fusion reactions keep the Sun burning, providing light and warmth to our planet and making life possible.
God invented this self-sustaining energy source at the beginning of time, and science has only scratched the surface of understanding it. The California scientists created a plasma that burns on its own. After their first laser blast, they didn’t need more heat to keep it burning. Nuclear fusion heated the plasma, allowing even more fusion to happen. This discovery could make it possible for fusion to produce more energy than it uses. That’s what makes “burning plasma” the critical key.
How soon will nuclear fusion arrive in a power outlet near you? It could take decades for scientists to turn this process into practical energy. But burning plasma is a major step toward fusion-based power.
Why? The more we learn about nuclear energy, the more we marvel at God’s brilliant creation. We can also use what we learn to help others and move the progress of God’s kingdom on Earth forward.
That is so neat that they have discovered a new renewable energy! I can't wait until I can see the results of this . . .
so basically. Its kinda like what an idea I had when I was like 6 or 7. You use turbine to churn water and the water wheels will make electricity. And the energy created by the water wheels is used to turn the turbine. The Nuclear reactors make waste and the waste can be used to make more reactions. I guess
well, i guess its like that, i was thinking along the lines of after they do the fusion. couldn't they use the particles that was fused together again in fision to break them back apart, and then use them again for fusion?
Are they going to try to make Iron Man suits?
That is EPIC! If that gets working, who knows what the energy future could hold? -Lucy C
You're right! What if in the future scientists create the ARC Reactor?
I'm a superhero nerd. -Ralph
fission uses uranium while fusion use hydrogen. you can't use one then the other.
@link sam d
no theyre doing war machine
oh, right. but after fusion, could you somehow break the atoms apart, then do fusion again?
you guys forgot MJOLNIR suits
you guys forgot MJOLNIR suits. lol
Idk if those are powered off that kinda energy tho. Probably
This is cool. What are your
This is cool. What are your guy's opinions on nuclear weapons? I think we should defiantly have them since other countries have them, but if every single nuclear weapon in this world was destroyed, then I think that would be a good thing. I mean, theres enough nuclear power in this world to destroy the whole word...
Lol, you picked this site for talking about airsoft...? That's a little random...
Dude no one cares about fission. Its sad
I mean, sure, it's cool, but...you used this site for airsoft, so do you care about it? Sides. I think ppl will get more excited once we see some practical consumer products out on the market that use this tech
THIS IS REALLY COOL,
they havn't been able to do fission until now, The fact that they can actually combine atoms now is super super cool!!! and superhero stuff would be interesting. I wonder if they could figure out how to make lightsabers.
There was an old (crazy) man in the hills somewhere that made a lightsaber in 48 hours.
It actually worked . . .
It actually worked . . .
I doubt it worked exactly like the movies...
Yea, I am pretty sure it was slightly different then the "Star Wars" Lightsabers
This was all a scam
So that people would come to this page....
@ Hesperus and Jonathan
Hacksmith industries made a proto-saber much like a SW lightsaber as of shape and abilities but it does'nt use energy make from kyber crystals or plasma, he uses ( if I remember right) super heated gas (like a flamethrower) but the gas went out of the hilt through a nozzle that makes the gas perfectly straight so the gas does'nt fly all over the place but stays in a straight line and lights the gas on fire with a spark from a spark peice thing at the tip. you can watch the video he made on building it and testing it on YT. its pretty sweet (although the user has to wear a backpack connected to the lightsaber so the lightsaber gets the gas needed for it to work)