Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sci-Fi No Longer Fiction

Scientists in Livermore, CA have been experimenting with fusion technology for years, but in recent months have gotten further than anyone else in the quest for the ultimate power source. Fusion energy is the stuff of Science Fiction, it’s what powers spaceships and makes all fossil fuels obsolete. The only catch is, in reality it has always taken more energy to produce a fusion reaction than the amount of total energy generated. That has recently changed.

It may not sound like much, but scientists in Livermore have evened the odds by producing genuine fusion that equally offsets the amount of power needed to kick-start the reaction. It’s not perfect by any means, but it’s a significant step in the right direction. It suddenly makes the advent of real fusion reactors a potential reality within our lifetime. You can read more about it here.

So what do you think about fusion technology? Ready to try out your own spaceship? If fusion power becomes a reality, what will be the “new” technology of the future in Sci-Fi?