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Competition Heats Up on the Road to Fusion

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Science  03 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5373, pp. 26-29
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5373.26

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The demise of a full-scale ITER, a giant experimental reactor project, and the promise of alternative approaches have prompted a congressional call for a divided field to set its priorities. Last month the U.S. Congress asked the Department of Energy (DOE) and the fusion community to review the government's entire $650 million fusion research program and set priorities. The results could shape the direction of fusion research for decades to come, and it could ultimately lead to a unified strategy for fusion power that would test, compare, and perhaps even combine technologies from both arms of the current effort, civilian and military.