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Still waiting for nuclear fusion at Livermore's National Ignition Facility




NIF's 192 lasers culminate inside this target chamber, which contains the hohlraum.
NIF's 192 lasers culminate inside this target chamber, which contains the hohlraum.
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Now on to another potentially amazing feat of human achievement: the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California.

NIF, as it's known, is a $5 billion, taxpayer-funded super laser project. It's been hailed as the ultimate in revolutionary science and dismissed as the mother of all boondoggles.

Its humble goal? Nuclear fusion, the creation of a tiny star inside a laboratory. But so far that hasn't happened, as the California Report's Amy Standen explains.