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Nuclear Contact

France is going to be the site first nuclear fusion reactor, with Japan picked as the site of the second reactor. This is a major $10B+ undertaking by a six-nation consortium of the US, Japan, EU, China, Russia, and South Korea, and many scientific and engineering challenges will have be solved before the reactor is scheduled to come online in 2015.

This news reminds me of Carl Sagan's Contact. Beyond the similarities of Japan being picked as a second site for a major, international building effort, this paragraph from the article could have come straight out of a faux Contact news report:

Many experts also predict that construction could take much longer than currently foreseen, given the difficulty of coordinating multiple suppliers of costly and highly technical components in many countries. Today's agreement leaves open the possibility that still more countries may participate in the project. India, for example, has expressed interest in getting involved.

Comments (2)

hey man,

wandered across your blog the other day, then added the feed to my aggregator.... THEN saw you are from alexandria (as am i) and living in the bay area.... i went to TC and work in mountain view.... whats your info?

colin

kwc:

Just a couple letters off from you: went to TJ and work in MP (but live in MV). Small world!

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