Schematic image of permanent magnet stellarator with plasma in yellow. Red and blue indicate permanent magnets with simplified coils surrounding the vessel. Credit: Michael Drevlak Permanent magnets akin to those used on refrigerators could speed the development of fusion energy—the same energy produced by the sun and stars. In principle, […]

Fig.1 Schematic image of fast ignition laser fusion utilizing relativistic effects of ultra-intense laser light A team of researchers at Osaka University has investigated a new method for generating nuclear fusion power, showing that the relativistic effect of ultra-intense laser light improves upon current “fast ignition” methods in laser-fusion research […]

Researchers used the Omega Laser Facility at the Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics to make highly detailed measurements of laser-heated plasmas. Credit: University photo / J. Adam Fenster New research from the University of Rochester will enhance the accuracy of computer models used in simulations of laser-driven implosions. The research, […]

A calorimeter designed by UBC researchers that is capable of detecting anomalous heat at high temperatures and high pressures. Credit: University of British Columbia Scientists from the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Maryland, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Google are conducting […]

Depiction of fusion research on a doughnut-shaped tokamak enhanced by artificial intelligence. Credit: Eliot Feibush/PPPL and Julian Kates-Harbeck/Harvard University Artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science that is transforming scientific inquiry and industry, could now speed the development of safe, clean and virtually limitless fusion energy for generating electricity. […]

Credit: University of Michigan Dangerous airborne viruses are rendered harmless on-the-fly when exposed to energetic, charged fragments of air molecules, University of Michigan researchers have shown. They hope to one day harness this capability to replace a century-old device: the surgical mask. The U-M engineers have measured the virus-killing speed […]