US researchers announced a historic nuclear fusion breakthrough

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  • US researchers announced a historic nuclear fusion breakthrough, hailing a “landmark achievement” in the quest for a source of unlimited, clean power and an end to reliance on fossil fuels.
  • This nuclear fusion breakthrough could provide unlimited clean energy and aid in the fight against climate change.
  • The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) said it had used the world’s largest laser to create, for the first time, a fusion reaction that replicated the process that powers the sun and generated more energy than it took to produce — a goal pursued by scientists for decades.
  • Nuclear fusion has been touted by its supporters as a clean, abundant and safe source of energy that could eventually allow humanity to break its dependence on coal, crude oil, natural gas and other hydrocarbons driving a global climate crisis.
  • Officials have pointed out that this achievement will pave the way for progress in national defense and a clean energy future.
  • In a press conference in Washington, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm called it a historic achievement. White House science adviser Aarti Prabhakar said it was an amazing example of an engineering marvel beyond belief.

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