Nuclear Fusion: Scientists Attempt To Create Artificial Sun On Earth

01/27/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Richard Gray Daily Telegraph

While it has seemed an impossible goal for nearly 100 years, scientists now believe that they are on brink of cracking one of the biggest problems in physics by harnessing the power of nuclear fusion, the reaction that burns at the heart of the sun.

In the spring, a team will begin attempts to ignite a tiny man-made star inside a laboratory and trigger a thermonuclear reaction.

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