Really cool but… umm..

(via my good friend Eric’s TGIF Humor list)

Sandia’s Z machine exceeds two billion degrees Kelvin

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia’s Z machine has produced plasmas that exceed temperatures of 2 billion degrees Kelvin — hotter than the interiors of stars.

The unexpectedly hot output, if its cause were understood and harnessed, could eventually mean that smaller, less costly nuclear fusion plants would produce the same amount of energy as larger plants.

Sweet. But doesn’t.. err that imply that larger fusion plants already exist?

(check out the associated photo. It’s hella-cool.)

3 Comments

  1. Bathes in Milk says:

    That pic is soooo cool. What is plasma exactly? The dictionary didn’t give me enough info…uhm, blood component.

  2. Lee says:

    Here’s a bit of an explanation: Phases of matter and plasma

    The really short explanation is: when something gets so hot that the molecules fall apart, leaving electrons and neutrons and protons whizzing around!

  3. Bathes in Milk says:

    Cool…I mean hot! The ditionary I checked at school said a really hot substance, more or less…I should have wiki’ed it.

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