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Bay Area Scientists Make Breakthrough on Nuclear Fusion

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By using a giant laser, scientists with the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory say they've made a major breakthrough in the quest for nuclear fusion. The multi-billion-dollar taxpayer-funded laser was built with the goal of creating nuclear ignition, a potential source of clean energy in the future. We discuss the breakthrough with the lab's scientists.

Guests:

Paul Springer, physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and co-author of the recent fusion results

Denise Hinkel, physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and co-author of the recent fusion results

Amy Standen, reporter for KQED Science

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