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August 14, 2017
Metal clouds to protect fusion reactor walls from heat flux
Washington (UPI) Aug 7, 2017
How can scientists protect the structures that house fusion reactors? Scientists in Belgium have showed that vapor clouds of liquid metal can successfully reflect heat during extreme temperature flux. Today, fusion energy is only an ambitious idea. Researchers continue to build and test fusion reactors, but self-sustaining fusion has not yet been achieved. Still, some scientists are preparing for a future where fusion energy and fusion reactors are a reality. Currently, fusion tes ... read more

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High-temperature superconductivity in B-doped Q-carbon
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First basic physics simulation of impact of neutrals on turbulence
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