News of the WeekNUCLEAR FUSION

Chemistry Casts Doubt on Bubble Reactions

Science  26 Jul 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5581, pp. 496
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5581.496b

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A controversial claim that scientists had detected signs of fusion in a rapidly collapsing bubble may have further imploded this week. A new experiment that measures the energy budget of a collapsing bubble for the first time indicates that so-called bubble fusion is highly unlikely to occur.