China switched on its nuclear fusion device

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This week, China switched on a nuclear fusion reactor. The “artificial sun” is known as the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (or EAST for short). After turning it on, China noticed record high levels for sustained temperatures. According to China’s state media, the EAST reactor ran five times hotter than the real Sun for over 17 minutes.
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Chinese didn’t learn anything from Doc Oc smh
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I think big fusion reactor tests should be streamed like rocket launches. Might not look as cool though.

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I wouldn't trust China state media. The truth is not what they are after. 
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Let's hope that they know how to switch it off.
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Yes, it only ran for 17 minutes. The first viable fusion reactor could be completed in the United States as soon as 2025, and a British company hopes to be commercially generating electricity from fusion by 2030.
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I seem to remember that the French were building one too.

As long as they all have the off button sorted, we should be OK.

Not that I understand the science.

Would  it be OK, to just throw a load of concrete over an out of control fusion reaction, and then forget about it?
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Fusion reactors can't  get out of control. if something fails the reactor gets shut down. The reactor generates power by applying powerful magnetic fields to hydrogen to compress it until it creates a plasma that can reach temperatures of more than 150 million degrees Celsius. 
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That's good then.

Had a quick read, and would seem to be the answer to all human power supply issues.

Let's hope that it's really that simple.


The more interesting philosophical question for me, is why has it become necessary for a species to be dependant upon electrical energy?

A different forum perhaps.


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The more interesting philosophical question for me, is why has it become necessary for a species to be dependant upon electrical energy?

A different forum perhaps.
In the age of information pneumatic tubes only get you so far. 
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Nice shout.

Yep, the evolution of matter.

Why?

And I regard us as a part of the process.

Not apart from the process.
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The more interesting philosophical question for me, is why has it become necessary for a species to be dependant upon electrical energy?
All species are dependant upon electrical energy.
Your heart needs electrical energy.
Your heart muscle is made of tiny cells. Your heart's electrical system controls the timing of your heartbeat by sending an electrical signal through these cells.
Two different types of cells in your heart enable the electrical signal to control your heartbeat:
  • Conducting cells carry your heart's electrical signal.
  • Muscle cells enable your heart's chambers to contract, an action triggered by your heart's electrical signal.

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If zed said organism instead of species I would have given roughly the same answer. Though it doesn’t answer why. 
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For sure.

Life and the initiation of,

Is amazing.

Energy is GOD,

GOD is energy.

The processes.

Of material evolution,

Can be understood,

But the purpose,

Cannot understood.


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Depending on how truthful Chinese State Media is being, this could be ground breaking. If it is, every other world power must develop their own fusion generator soon. I can’t trust China with anything personally.
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There’s already an international race. There’s been a lot of news coverage within the last couple of years from what I’ve seen.
The technology is Still along way out though.

Plus fusion reactors can’t be weaponised past the extent of being used for a power source, from what I understand.
Think of nuclear reactors in submarines and carriers without the minute chance of meltdown, with more power. 
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Still, there is a lot of economic advancement that can be made from this and I prefer the US stays the top economy over China.

But yeah the technology is pretty cool.
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It will benefit everyone. Renewable energy that uses teaspoon amounts of seawater. 

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 Dec. 21, 2021
Commonwealth Fusion Systems, an MIT spinoff in Cambridge, is using a whopping $1.8 billion it raised in recent months from investors such as Bill Gates, Google, and a host of private equity firms to build a prototype of a specially designed fusion reactor on a former Superfund site in Devens. A host of excavators, backhoes, and other heavy machinery are clearing land there and laying concrete foundations on 47 acres of newly acquired land. "It may sound like science fiction, but the science of fusion is real, and the recent scientific advancements are game-changing," said Dennis Whyte, director of MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center and cofounder of Commonwealth Fusion Systems. "These advancements aren't incremental; they are quantum leap improvements. . . . We're in a new era of actually delivering real energy systems...."
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This is what China is doing.  Meanwhile, the American military is posting woke ads and we have people in the country that don't believe Biden is the president.  The American dream is dead.