The largest laser system in the world was turned on for a fraction of a second July 5, and it unleashed the most powerful laser blast in history -- besting a record set mere months earlier.
The National Ignition Facility (NIF) -- a laser test facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif. -- turned on its 192 laser beams for a scant instant the day after the nation celebrated its birth, unleashing a record-setting 1.85-megajoule blast into a target chamber that delivered more than 500 trillion watts of power. ...
This is really good news. The even better news is that they hope to reach the break-even point for controlled fusion by the end of the year. Science funding should be unstinting for fusion energy. We don't need to be in thrall to the exploitative ayatollahs.