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Researchers expect a breakthrough in nuclear fusion

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American researchers expect a breakthrough in nuclear fusion

Scientists at a US laboratory may have made an important breakthrough in nuclear fusion research. The US Department of Energy said that US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm will announce on Tuesday an “important scientific breakthrough”.

Scientists at the US federal Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have been researching nuclear fusion for years. (archive photo)

Ahead of Sunday’s announcement (local time), several media outlets had previously reported that scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) had succeeded in using an experimental fusion reactor for the first time to generate more energy than was consumed during the process.

Britain’s Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing three people involved in the research, that a “net energy gain” of 120 per cent was achieved. The Washington Post also reported on the alleged hack and quoted one fusion scientist as saying, “For most of us, it was only a matter of time.”