4/27/2005 Add a comment

Sounds like some UCLA researchers have achieved nuclear fusion. The bad news is that it's very small, but it's a start.

Note the attempt to make nuclear fusion "policy relevant", by claiming that it could have potential uses in oil drilling and homeland security. Yeah, great, get some more government funds and use fusion to screen luggage. Fuck that, use fusion to solve the world's energy problems! Come on, dream big, fusion researchers!

Also, note the biggest upside to their study, in contrast with some earlier efforts of two British researchers:
Fusion experts noted that the UCLA experiment was credible because, unlike the 1989 work, it did not violate basic principles of physics.
I'm no physicist, but I think that's a step in the right direction, I hate it when experiments defy basic laws of thermodynamics. ben

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    Go on a Date : Especially for married couples, but even for some dating couples, start dating.

    Control Your Anger : Every relationship has difficulties, and sometimes, there can be some intense arguments.

    I Forgive You : If something has happened in your relationship causing the trust to waiver, you will have many things to work through.

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