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Fusion "more relevant than ever before"

The March 2010 issue of ''Scientific American'' in which Michael Moyer's article was published. (Click to view larger version...)
The March 2010 issue of ''Scientific American'' in which Michael Moyer's article was published.
In the March edition of Scientific American, Michael Moyer's article "Fusion's False Dawn" starts out: "Scientists have long dreamed of harnessing nuclear fusion—the power plant of the stars—for a safe, clean and virtually unlimited energy supply. Even as a historic milestone nears, skeptics question whether a working reactor will ever be possible."

Some members of the US fusion community speak out in a Letter to the Editor in this month's issue, taking issue with the fact that the article may leave the impression that informed scientists have become skeptical about fusion. "Fusion scientists consider their goal to be more tractable and relevant than ever before ..." they argue.



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