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Chinese Scientists in Nuclear Fusion Tests: SCMP

With government funding, researchers look at process which ultimately could provide a source of endless sustainable energy

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The Shenguang II laser facility in Shanghai where the Chinese scientists are researching fusion energy. Photo: Institute of Physics


Chinese scientists are firing powerful laser beam pulses at a tiny pair of gold cones in a bid to replicate the nuclear fusion process at the heart of the sun, the South China Morning Post reported.

When the two hot gas streams collide at precisely the right time and place, and in the right manner, they trigger a fusion reaction – the process which ultimately could provide a source of endless, sustainable energy.

With government funding of 1 billion yuan ($156 million) over six years, Zhang Zhe and his colleagues from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Physics in Beijing have begun experiments at a laser facility in Shanghai.

Read the full report: South China Morning Post




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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.


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