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  • Heating | A pinch of moondust in the ITER plasma

    One day in the distant future, fusion plants might be fuelled by helium 3—an isotope that is extremely scarce on Earth but reputed to be abundant on the Moon. B [...]

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  • Delivery | 2,000 km through canals, locks and tunnels

    When the thruway is closed, one takes the back roads. And when it's low-water season on the Rhine-Rhône canal, a barge leaving Switzerland for the Mediterranean [...]

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  • Monaco Fellows | A hand in shaping ITER

    For the sixth time, ITER is welcoming a group of five young researchers as part of the Monaco-ITER postdoctoral fellowship scheme. Working alongside experienced [...]

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  • On site | Drone survey on a perfect day

    There are days in winter when the skies over Provence are perfectly transparent. Snowy peaks 200 kilometres away appear close enough to be touched and farms, co [...]

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  • AAAS conference | ITER on the world science stage

    With more than 120,000 members globally, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is billed as the world's largest scientific society. The [...]

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Billions and billions of fusion furnaces



In the observable Universe, most of the matter is in a state of fusion.

At the core of billions and billions of stars (a few hundred thousand billion in our Milky Way alone!) hydrogen nuclei are patiently transformed into helium, inundating their environment with light and energy.

Based on the largest image of the Andromeda Galaxy ever made — so large that it would require 600 large-screen HDTVs to view it in real size — the video that NASA released a few days ago shows just a few (a mere hundred million) of these blazing fusion furnaces.




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