At the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, scientists are using nearly 200 extremely high-powered lasers to build a device that would achieve controlled nuclear fusion. Essentially, they are attempting to create the equivalent of a tiny star, releasing more energy than required to produce the reaction. If successful, this could be a game-changing, desperately needed, clean energy breakthrough.
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