writes: The BBC are reporting encouraging results in the quest for nuclear fusion as a realiable power source. Previously it was believed that so called "laser fusion" would be hampered by interference from plasma — a "soup" of highly charged particles created by the lasers — but it seems that not only is the interference less significant than expected, it can actually be used to control the fusion process. The scientist heading the team behind this research is optimistic that a stable fusion process will happen any time now:
Dr Glenzer is confident that with everything in place, ignition is on the horizon. He added, quite simply, "It's going to happen this year."
It remains to be seen if fusion really is about to take off, or whether this is just another one of those amazing discoveries that quickly disappears, leaving fusion "in the next few decades" once again.