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2022

January 13, 2022
Scientists wielded giant lasers to simulate an exoplanet’s super-hot core
The molten cores of larger rocky exoplanets should stay hot longer than those within small worlds, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. That’s good news for interstellar explorers–because a molten core is probably required for life to develop on a planet. (Popular Science)

January 13, 2022
Rocky Exoplanets with Four to Six Times Earth’s Mass Have Longest Dynamos, Study Suggests
In new research, a team of scientists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and elsewhere used high-energy lasers at the National Ignition Facility and X-ray diffraction to determine the iron-melt curve up to a pressure of 1,000 gigapascals (nearly 10,000,000 atmospheres), three times the pressure of Earth’s inner core and nearly four times greater pressure than any previous experiments.(Sci-News)

January 10, 2022
Fusion’s role in fighting climate change
Excitement about fusion energy is growing. The international ITER project in France, which counts China, India, Europe, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States as its partners, is starting to assemble the world’s most powerful fusion experiment. (Tech Xplore)

January 6, 2022
Fusion energy is a reason to be excited about the future
It’s been a long road, but recent advances mean we’re closing in on a game-changing technology. (Vox)

January 6, 2022
Was 2021 A Breakthrough Year For Fusion Energy?
In a year where the news has been dominated by Covid vaccines and variants, billionaires blasting into space and climate change (the IPCC report, COP26, crazy weather…), those plugged into the science and energy news may have noticed an uptick in stories about fusion energy. (Forbes)

January 4, 2022
A cautiously positive outlook for 2022
Laser fusion could become even more important. In August 2021, the National Ignition Facility achieved a record of 70% conversion from laser input to output energy. This relates to the world’s most pressuring question: How can we generate more energy within a smaller carbon footprint (Laser Focus World)

January 3, 2022
China’s ‘Artificial Sun’ Project Heats Up the Competition
While China and other nations pour billions of dollars into developing the technology, researchers say we are still decades away from a working reactor emerging from the experimental stages. (Asia Financial)

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