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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

Geek's Guide to Britain I’m in a room that, in normal circumstances, is not fit for human habitation. It features a number of big red buttons surrounded by illuminated yellow rings – just in case. “Push button to switch off Jet. Press only in case of extreme emergency,” the signs read, informatively. This is the Torus Hall, a 40,000m3 space the size …
SA Mathieson, 25 Sep 2017

Amazing new algorithm makes fusion power slightly less incredibly inefficient

Analysis Google and Tri Alpha Energy, a Californian energy company, say they have come up with an algorithm that appears to help scientists generate hotter plasma more efficiently for nuclear fusion experiments. Keyword: experiments. Billions of dollars have been poured into achieving clean, carbon-free energy harnessed from smashing …
Katyanna Quach, 25 Jul 2017
Chips

Whiffy kitchen after last night's chips? Clear the air with SPACE PLASMA

Fifteen years of plasma experiments on the International Space Station (ISS) could let people enjoy the lusciously unhealthy taste of deep-fried potato chips, without having to smell them first. [What's wrong with you? Why would you want to eat chips without the thrill of anticipation first?] The work being done by German …
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US reactor breaks fusion record – then runs out of cash and shuts down

Video In a tale that tells you all you need to know about the parlous state of American science, a fusion reactor has broken plasma-handling records in the last few days before losing its funding. The Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor, run for the past 23 years by MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center, managed to contain …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2016

'Space bubbles' may have helped Taliban down 'copter in bloody Afghanistan battle

The world has been treated to all sorts of excuses about why the United States and its allies from the UK and elsewhere failed to win the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Now boffins have put forward the bizarre suggestion that one of the Yanks' most infamous defeats was actually caused by a phenomenon called space bubbles. Lead …
Jasper Hamill, 24 Sep 2014
Luke Skywalker

Laser deflector shields possible with today's tech – but there's one small problem

Vid A new paper from the University of Leicester claims that it's technically possible to build shields around a spacecraft to protect it from laser fire using available technology, but with the somewhat troubling side effect of leaving the pilot unable to see where he or she is going. The research, published [PDF] in the peer- …
Iain Thomson, 3 May 2014
Plasma ball

POWER SOURCE that might END humanity's PROBLEMS: A step forward

Boffins have come up with a new way to bottle up the energy of a star, using an antenna to keep ultrahot plasma stable - and taking a big step towards cheap, clean, everlasting energy for the human race. Plasma ball Fusion research has been underway now for many decades, as controlled nuclear fusion offers practically …
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Panasonic throws in towel on plasma tellies, preps for BILLION-dollar kick in pants

Panasonic is reportedly planning to pull out of the plasma TV business by the end of the financial year. The TV market has proved more and more unprofitable for once-dominant Japanese consumer electronics firms and Panasonic was expected to give up on the plasma display industry at some point, though its exit is sooner than …
The Register breaking news

NASA probes spots temporary third Van Allen radiation belt

For over fifty years schoolbooks have been teaching about the Van Allen belts, two torus-shaped zones of charged particles that encircle the Earth. Now, a NASA mission has discovered that there is a third – but only when conditions are right. Third Van Allen belt Three belts for the price of two Last August, NASA fired a …
Iain Thomson, 1 Mar 2013
Broken TV

LCD TV shipments slip for FIRST TIME EVER

TV makers are desperate for the Next Big Thing. It's not hard to see why: even LCD TV sales are now falling. Year-on-year LCD shipments fell for the first time ever during Q1, market watcher NPD DisplaySearch said today. It was a small dip - down just three per cent - but symptomatic of an industry in decline. Other …
Tony Smith, 20 Jun 2012
Sony Internet TV

OLED to take 0.02% of TV sales through 2014

Samsung may be keen to tout OLED as the future of television tech, but it'll be a good few years yet before sales of organic LED screens come to match plasma and even CRT, let alone LCD. DisplaySearch, a market watcher, this week forecast effectively zero growth for the TV business this year. Shipments of LCD TVs will be up …
Tony Smith, 10 May 2012
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TV market stalls as LCD sales slow

World TV shipments slipped last year - for the first time since 2004, said market watcher NPD DisplaySearch - presenting a picture of a business that's stalling. The number of sets shipped during the year totalled some 247.7m units. That represents an overall decline of just a third of a percentage point on 2010's total - only …
Tony Smith, 14 Mar 2012

Japanese manufacturers cut domestic disc, telly production

Japanese manufacturers have started to take production abroad, with Hitachi and Mitsubishi announcing an end to their domestic arrangements for television sets and compact discs, respectively. Hitachi's plant in Gifu, which churns-out roughly 100,000 tellies a month, will now produce projectors and chipsets instead, with both …
Caleb Cox, 23 Jan 2012
The Register breaking news

Christmas solar plasma belches to hit Earth, Mars - and Mars rover in space

In tune perhaps with the festively-overtaxed digestive processes of many Register readers and hacks, the Sun has lately been giving vent to frightful burning eruptions of internal gas; ones sufficiently awful to mean fatal consequences for unprotected humans in their path. Fortunately (in the case of the Sun at least) there …
Lewis Page, 29 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

New 'plasma lamps' to replace fluorescent bulbs, LEDs

Boffins hope to be rolling in cash after finding a new way to use plasma to make light bulbs. The research team, which was funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, has made wafer-thin, flexible sheets of light by putting plasma in an array of micro-cavities in a sheet of aluminium foil, and now hopes to build a …
The Register breaking news

Fusion boffins crack shreddy eddy plasma puzzle

Physicists in the US are patting themselves on the back today as they prepare to announce that they've got a grip on a knotty problem troubling anyone designing working nuclear fusion powerplants - which could solve pretty much all of the human race's problems, but have proved very difficult to actually achieve. The idea of a …
Lewis Page, 11 Nov 2011
Samsung PS64D8000 64in plasma 3D TV

Samsung PS64D8000 64in plasma 3D TV

Review With Samsung’s domination of the LED TV market all but complete (bwahahaha!) it’s perhaps easy to forget the brand is a major purveyor of plasma screens too. Its current largest is the 64in D8000, which with stand weighs in at over 38kg and dominates all but the largest of living rooms. Samsung PS64D8000 64in plasma 3D TV …
Steve May, 8 Nov 2011
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World telly shipments stall

It wouldn't be fair to say World+Dog isn't buying new tellies at the moment, but numbers from market watcher DisplaySearch show it's still a depressing businesses to be in. Some 55.5m TVs shipped in Q2 2011, down - albeit by just a single percentage point - on Q2 2010's total. Sales of all types of TV were down with one …
Hard Reg, 26 Aug 2011

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