DailyDirt: Still No Mr. Fusion Generators in 2015...

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Marty McFly visited us in the year 2015 in the Back To The Future franchise... but we still don't have flying cars or Mr. Fusion generators. There are some pretty cool DeLoreans out there that people have modified, but no "flux capacitor"-level upgrades, unfortunately. Fusion is making some slow progress, though. Check out a few of these baby steps towards a fusion generator. Just another 30 years or so.... After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: back to the future, bubble fusion, energy, fusion, mr fusion, plasmoids, sonofusion, tcv tokamak


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  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 28 Oct 2015 @ 6:53pm

    sonofusion peer reviewed work?

    Aren't there any physicists in academia working on sonofusion? Why not?

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      JoeCool (profile), 28 Oct 2015 @ 8:59pm

      Re: sonofusion peer reviewed work?

      Not enough money in it. All the grant money is for Tokamaks only. Everything else has to scrape pennies together for funding. I'm surprised there's even one major laser-confined project still going. Billions of dollars for tokamaks, and nothing for anything else... :(

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      alternatives(), 29 Oct 2015 @ 4:45am

      Re: sonofusion peer reviewed work?

      The problem for sonofusion is a group of someone's declared it as not possible and therefore it won't get $. Not like cold fusion where the US law says "nope" to fed funds going to it and a USPTO position where it is "not patentable".

      Rather than quest for energy from centralized power which is 24x7 on demand why not look to re-jiggering the economy on a solarPV basis where 'you make hay while the sun shines'?

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    Pixelation, 28 Oct 2015 @ 8:49pm

    "but we still don't have flying cars or Mr. Fusion generators"

    I guess we'll have to settle for Mr. Fission?

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    Anonymous Coward, 28 Oct 2015 @ 9:27pm

    I thought the problem had been solved years ago. Turns out, 'Government Fusion Centers' aren't what I thought they were at all. What's next? 'Dirt Boxes' aren't for composting?

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    tek'a, 29 Oct 2015 @ 12:20am

    Fusion keeps getting stuck "10 to 20 years away" no matter how often we get "promising results" or even "breakthroughs"

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    jim, 29 Oct 2015 @ 5:46am

    Sun,wind,and

    I keep seeing those ads, power your house by, only problem, here in the Midwest, sun don't always shine, wind don't always blow on those extreme weeks. So, wouldn't be able to run the a/c or the furnace. Just immediate lighting then? No internet? No TV? Damn, may as well be back in the 1800's.

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      Pixelation, 29 Oct 2015 @ 8:00am

      Re: Sun,wind,and

      "...here in the Midwest, sun don't always shine, wind don't always blow..."

      I think you're on to something here. We should just unplug the Midwest! Think of the energy savings!

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    Glenn, 29 Oct 2015 @ 8:54am

    Given how clean, safe, and efficient the current and next gen breeder (fission) reactors are, why should we care about fusion generators that will always be "20 years away"? (And then there's time travel, which is a "never will be".)

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