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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday June 05 2021, @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 2021, @01:27AM (1 child)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday June 06 2021, @01:27AM (#1142216) Journal

    You realize that your reply is overly simplistic. Copying is not the same as understanding. I can copy a thesis on fusion energy, but that doesn't mean I can build a fusion reactor, or even a fusion bomb. There are millions of Chinese who are actually studying the stuff that is published, the stuff that is stolen, and in some cases, they are making their own discoveries and breakthroughs.

    Wuhan Institute of Virology, for instance, was doing world class work, until they apparently fucked up.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06 2021, @06:04AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 06 2021, @06:04AM (#1142278)

    I heard their propaganda is world class too. Some people even believe in their Wuhan Joke Hoax Flu DIE HERD DIE fake news bleach.