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Scientists See Solution to Critical Barrier to Fusion

  1. Apr 25, 2012 #1

    Drakkith

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    Interesting. According to the following link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/04/120423143128.htm
    What do you all make of this?
     
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  4. May 7, 2012 #3

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    I guess it depends on where you draw the line between engineering and physics.
     
  5. May 8, 2012 #4
    Eh. I was being facetious, but only somewhat. Searching a space of possible solutions in for an optimum is what I tend to think of as engineering. Of course, if along the way one stumbles across new phenomena, that is science again, but only of a minor sort, usually :).

    This thing you posted about is pure engineering - these relatively cold islands had been known to exist for quite a while. These guys are proposing to heat them up with microwaves, which in turn is a refinement of existing technique.
     
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