There has been a lot of excitement recently about the prospect of producing power from a cotrolled thermonuclear fusion reaction, including in this magazine (AW&ST Oct. 20). The online version was headlined “Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details.” Unfortunately, fusion as an energy source in the next 50 years is about as likely as Star Trek transporters in the same time frame. Fusion physics is an elegant and simple concept, but it masks a series of very ...

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