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1. Searching for Ignition
Edward Moses stands in front of the target
chamber at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California. In this
corner of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Moses aims to use the
world's biggest laser and most powerful supercomputer to fuse hydrogen nuclei
-- and wind up with more energy than when he started. Moses runs the NIF and
Photon Science Directorate at the Livermore lab. He says that if the facility
can spark a self-sustaining fusion reaction called ignition, developers can
build a commercial power plant in about a decade. Moses had hoped to achieve
ignition in 2010 and still hasn't.
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