Tabletop fusion breakthrough

Making neutrons around zero C. Sounds like progress.

A team at UCLA has produced fusion in a tabletop device.

This is not, apparently, a form of fusion capable of driving electric-power generation. Still, given the spectacular futility of the last half-century of fusion research, this is truly exciting news. The project, funded by DARPA, is exactly the sort of blue-sky university-based research DARPA’s new defense-contractor management has decided to stop funding.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: