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

by Amy Standen, KQED Science | Take Two®

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NIF's 192 lasers culminate inside this target chamber, which contains the hohlraum. National Ignition Facility

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.

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