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China’s ‘artificial sun’: misleadingly named but key to fusion energy hopes

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China’s ‘artificial sun’: misleadingly named but key to fusion energy hopes

The powering up of HL-2M Tokamak, China’s newest nuclear fusion research device, last Friday was hailed by the country’s media as the “rise of an artificial sun”. It was not.The sun has burned steadily for 4.6 billion years. The HL-2M experiment lasted only a few seconds (exactly how many, we don’t know).Nor did the device’s technical specifications look impressive at first glance. The strongest electric current that can be generated by the facility in the southwestern city of Chengdu is…
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