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