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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday June 05, @06:03PM   Printer-friendly

China maintains 'artificial sun' at 120 million Celsius for over 100 seconds, setting new world record:

China broke the record by keeping the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) by achieving plasma temperature at 120 million Celsius for 101 seconds and 160 million Celsius for 20 seconds, a major step toward the test run of the fusion reactor.

The Tokamak devise[sic] is located at the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is designed to replicate the nuclear fusion process that occurs naturally in the sun and stars to provide almost infinite clean energy through controlled nuclear fusion, which is often dubbed the "artificial sun."

The achievement broke a previous record of maintaining the plasma temperature at 100 million C for 100 seconds. According to Li Miao, director of the physics department of the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, it is a milestone in reaching the goal of keeping the temperature at a stable level for a long time.

"The breakthrough is significant progress, and the ultimate goal should be keeping the temperature at a stable level for a long time," Li told the Global Times, adding that the next milestone might be to maintain the stability for a week or more.


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Runaway1956 on Sunday June 06, @01:19AM (4 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 06, @01:19AM (#1142215) Homepage Journal

    China has 5000 years of culture that the Soviet did not have.

    Brainwashing is probably too harsh and polarized a term, but the Chinese are most certainly conditioned by their culture, just as we are conditioned by our own culture.

    The CCP takes advantage of that conditioning in ways that were impossible for the Soviet. Racial and cultural homogeneity works in their favor. Any and all prejudice that a Han Chinese meets in his travels only reinforces his indoctrination.

    The individual Chinese is far more apt to tolerate abuse from the state that almost no one, anywhere, will tolerate from their own government.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by jelizondo on Sunday June 06, @04:09AM (2 children)

    by jelizondo (653) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 06, @04:09AM (#1142246) Journal

    I'm sure you know that in most countries people are not allowed to own guns, so from an American point of view, those governments are repressive and undemocratic.

    Most European countries have national health services, paid by taxpayers and are horrified of the American private insurance scheme.

    What constitutes "abuse" depends on your point of view.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @11:33AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @11:33AM (#1142333)

      I'm not a Chinese citizen and never would want to be one. But I bet you many Chinese citizens are happy to feel safe walking down the street in Shanghai and not need a gun at all to feel safe.

      Many have seen too many idiots in their 1+ billion population (pooping in airplane aisles, fountains, etc) and are not brainwashed and conditioned by the NRA to think that everyone having easy access to guns makes them safer in practice.

      Lastly, non-retards know that a fucking gun wouldn't have saved Tank Man from the tank, in fact holding a gun would probably have got him killed faster than him holding a shopping bag. But US retards are a special breed of retards. So I can't wait for the day the NRA or similar regularly lends/gives every Super Bowl attendee a gun so that they can all shoot the bad guys shooting at people... ;)

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Sunday June 06, @12:48PM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 06, @12:48PM (#1142344) Journal

      I'm sure you know that in most countries people are not allowed to own guns, so from an American point of view, those governments are repressive and undemocratic.

      And I'm sure you're aware that there's a significant firearm control movement in the US. Just like any other country, there are huge differences of opinion as to the value of firearm ownership and its value to a democracy.

      Personally, I would consider such a government a bit more repressive and undemocratic because due to those firearm restrictions they are more repressive and undemocratic. Allowing significant firearm ownership demonstrates a level of empowerment and responsibility delegated to the public, a very democratic thing.

      Most European countries have national health services, paid by taxpayers and are horrified of the American private insurance scheme.

      As we all should be. That doesn't mean that a well-run national health service would be better than a well-run private insurance scheme (my thinking is otherwise). The US system is deeply and thoroughly broken, with no intent to fix in sight.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @05:57AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06, @05:57AM (#1142275)

    > The individual Chinese is far more apt to tolerate abuse

    And inflict it. That's the disaster happening in our universities that so happily took the Chinese students and now fill their staff with Chinese graduates.