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Fusion Challenge

A New Path to Solving a Longstanding Fusion Challenge

A class exercise at MIT, aided by industry researchers, has led to an innovative solution to one of the longstanding challenges facing the development...
tokamak’s magnetic field

Zero Tolerance in Tokamaks: Eliminating Small Instabilities Before They Become Disruptions

The ScienceOne of the greatest obstacles to producing energy via fusion on earth is the formation and growth of small magnetic field imperfections in...
Atmospheric Whistles

Fusion Scientists Find Inspiration in Atmospheric Whistles

The ScienceThe challenge of fusion energy is often equated to capturing—and holding—lightning in a bottle. The analogy is apt. Lightning and a fusion energy...
fusion device

Superconducting Tokamaks Are Standing Tall

The ScienceA persistent problem has dogged the largest fusion device in South Korea. The Korean Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) device has run successfully...
fusion reactions

Artificial Intelligence Helps Accelerate Progress Toward Efficient Fusion Reactions

Today, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University are employing artificial intelligence to improve predictive...
pediatric leukemia

Hybrid Genes Related to Pediatric Leukemia with Poor Prognosis Discovered

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and their collaborators have identified recurrent fusion genes—new genes formed from the combination of two or more separate...
metal alloy

Designing New Metal Alloys Using Engineered Nanostructures

Materials science is a field that Jason Trelewicz has been interested in since he was a young child, when his father—an engineer—would bring him...
nanoparticlesvideo

Scientists Capture Colliding Organic Nanoparticles on Video for First Time

A Northwestern University research team is the first to capture on video organic nanoparticles colliding and fusing together. This unprecedented view of “chemistry in...
genomics

Fusion Genomics Turns to IBM Cloud to Help Support Advances Designed...

IBM today announced that Vancouver-based company Fusion Genomics selected IBM’s cloud capabilities to help advance Fusion’s ability to detect pandemics before they happen. Fusion...
fusion energy

Channeling Helium: Researchers Take Next Step Toward Fusion Energy

Fusion is the process that powers the sun, harnessing it on Earth would provide unlimited clean energy. However, researchers say that constructing a fusion...
video

System Uses ‘Deep Learning’ to Detect Cracks in Nuclear Reactors

A system under development at Purdue University uses artificial intelligence to detect cracks captured in videos of nuclear reactors and represents a future inspection...
Sikorsky, sensor fusion

Lockheed Martin to Develop Next-Gen Sensor Fusion Testbed to Enhance Helicopter...

Lockheed Martin received a $12 million contract from the U.S. Army to develop a Multi-Modal Sensor Fusion (MMSF) testbed for rotary-wing aircraft.Under the service's...
plasma

Wendelstein 7-X: Second Round of Experimentation Started

The plasma experiments in the Wendelstein 7-X fusion device at Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) in Greifswald have now been resumed after...
fusion plasma

Physicists Propose New Way to Stabilize Next-Generation Fusion Plasmas

A key issue for next-generation fusion reactors is the possible impact of many unstable Alfvén eigenmodes, wave-like disturbances produced by the fusion reactions that...
evolution

Evolution in the Lab

All organisms must continuously adapt to their environment in order to survive. Such adaptation is brought about by changes in their genetic material. Together...
gene fusion

Study Highlights New Link Between Gene Fusion and Bladder and Brain...

Previously overlooked section of fusion found to worsen cancer cells• Scientists find section acts like a vacuum cleaner ‘hoovering up’ healthy parts of cell•...
Unmanned Aircraft

Mobile Force Protection Aims to Thwart Adversaries’ Small Unmanned Aircraft

DARPA’s Mobile Force Protection (MFP) program focuses on a challenge of increasing concern to the U.S. military: countering the proliferation of small, unmanned aircraft...
fusion

Fusion Heating Gets a Boost

In the quest for fusion energy, scientists have spent decades experimenting with ways to make plasma fuel hot and dense enough to generate significant...
plasma

Extreme-Scale Code Models Extremely Hot Plasma to Explain Spontaneous Transition

The ScienceRunning the world’s largest magnetic fusion experiment known as ITER, currently under construction in France, which aims to prove the feasibility of fusion...
instability

A Quick and Easy Way to Shut down Instabilities in Fusion...

Scientists have discovered a remarkably simple way to suppress a common instability that can halt fusion reactions and damage the walls of reactors built...