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News Panel: Spring Wildfires / Fusion Troubles

Watch Complete Episode: May 3, 2013 »

Early spring wildfires are burning, threatening homes and scorching hundreds of acres throughout the state. As snowpack data comes in, California faces one of the driest years on record. With forests and grasslands already tinder dry, firefighters are gearing up for what could be a nasty fire season.

Using the world's largest laser, scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Lab have been trying to ignite a nuclear fusion reaction in a laboratory essentially mimicking a tiny sun. Called the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the $5 billion project hopes to revolutionize energy by laying the groundwork for a potentially endless supply of clean energy. But after missing several deadlines and a management shake-up, the facility is now adjusting expectations.

Guests:

  • Paul Rogers, San Jose Mercury News & KQED
  • Amy Standen, KQED Science
 

Also on KQED.org this week ...

Homeless College Student
Homeless U: How Students Study and Survive on the Streets

As part of its SF Homeless Project, KQED profiles college students who live in cars, couch surf and sneak into campus buildings to spend the night.

Film School Shorts: Sequin Raze
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Featuring the best short student films from major institutions like NYU, Columbia University, UCLA, USC and University of Texas, that have wowed audiences at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride and SXSW.

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