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Fusion energy milestone prompts call for US research funding boost

Image: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Department of Energy has planned budget cuts for programme behind “historic” result

A milestone experiment in nuclear fusion performed by a US government laboratory has led to renewed calls for investment in fusion research, despite proposed budget cuts to the programme responsible.

Earlier this month, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported that its National Ignition Facility (NIF, pictured) had on 8 August increased by eightfold the amount of energy generated by experimental nuclear fusion, producing 1.3 megajoules by using 1.9 megajoules of laser light.

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