Archives for August 2017

Major Hot Fusion Breakthrough at MIT

There has been a major hot fusion breakthrough at MIT (the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Researchers at the school have developed a new fuel for fusion reactors and a new process for igniting the superhot plasma that makes the nuclear reaction possible.

The process called radio frequency (RF) heating was tested in the Alcator C-Mod tokamak reactor at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC), a press release indicates. RF heating and a new reactor fuel bring hot fusion one step closer to reality, Popular Mechanics reported.

Death of the Internal Combustion Engine

The Economist has proclaimed “The Death of Internal Combustion Engine” because of the recent advances in electric vehicle technology.

The respected journal’s editors believe that gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles will be history within a few years. The governments of France and the United Kingdom agree, both regimes have decided to ban sales of new internal combustion powered vehicles by 2040 or 2050 in an attempt to control air pollution.

“The shift from fuel and pistons to batteries and electric motors is unlikely to take that long,” The Economist editors noted. “The first death rattles of the internal combustion engine are already reverberating around the world—and many of the consequences will be welcome.”