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Report on Future of Fusion Research Says U.S. Should Hedge Its Bets

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Science  09 Mar 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6073, pp. 1158-1159
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6073.1158

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The United States should fund a national program of research into inertial fusion energy, but it's too early to pick a winning technology. So says an interim report released this week from a committee that has been surveying research at national laboratories and universities since July 2010 on behalf of the National Research Council. This interim conclusion will come as a relief to many in the field who have been concerned that the National Ignition Facility—the world's largest and most advanced inertial fusion facility—would come to dominate the U.S. research effort.