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Wonders of Nuclear Fusion

Creating an Ultimate Energy Source
By Neal Singer

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With accessible writing, Neal Singer introduces young readers to what fusion is-and isn't. He explains the ways scientists have approached and developed fusion and discusses its advantages over other forms of energy production.

Mention nuclear fusion-the joining of two light atoms to form a heavier one-and most people think of bombs. But fusion has other uses, too. Inside an encapsulated space at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, scientists test the Z Machine, a pulsed power structure that uses electricity and magnetism to produce nuclear fusion. Although much of the research has focused on the development of nuclear weaponry, the Z Machine--along with the ITER machine in France and the National Ignition Facility in California, also discussed in suitable detail--may also help scientists find a way to harness fusion energy in order to provide clean, renewable energy to the world's growing population.

Contributor Bios
Neal Singer, a science writer at Sandia National Laboratories, has authored
many freelance articles. This is his first book.