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New Milestone Achieved: China’s Revolutionary Fusion Reactor Sets World Record

In the realm where science meets the dreams of the stars, China has whispered a secret into the night: a triumph in the celestial quest of fusion power. Deep within the laboratories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a fusion machine, akin to a metal behemoth, awakened to a fiery dance of atoms. This mechanical titan reached a scorching 120 million degrees Celsius, a temperature echoing the heart of stars, and maintained this cosmic inferno for 101 seconds—a feat that beckons the future.

The EAST, an enigmatic name that stands for Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak, has danced with plasma before. In 2017, it embraced a plasma loop, reaching temperatures of 50 million °C. But now, the EAST has outdone itself, holding plasma at a temperature eightfold that of the Sun’s core for an unprecedented duration. This new achievement edges humanity tantalizingly closer to the holy grail of clean energy.

The words of physicist Li Miao from the Southern University of Science and Technology echo through the corridors of science: “This breakthrough is a leap towards the future. The goal now is to maintain this celestial fire at a stable level for extended periods.”

Fusion power, the art of fusing hydrogen atoms into helium, as seen in the heart of the sun, offers a promise of endless clean energy. Here on Earth, we mimic these stellar processes in colossal generators that ignite temperatures high enough to meld atoms.

The promise of fusion lies in the power of deuterium, a form of hydrogen found in seawater. Just one liter of this water has the potential energy equivalent to 300 liters of gasoline. Imagine the possibilities!

EAST, a metal colossus shaped like a donut, is supported by the intellect and dedication of 300 scientists and engineers. Magnetic coils within it create a vortex, holding superheated hydrogen plasma in an unending dance. The challenge? To keep this plasma, hotter than the sun, stable enough for fusion to occur.

Despite the allure of fusion power, with its promise of vast energy, minimal greenhouse gases, and negligible radioactive waste, the dream of an ‘artificial sun’ remains on the horizon. But every step, every leap, like China’s recent triumph, is a cause for hope and excitement.

As the world moves towards a post-carbon future, the race for fusion power continues. The quest is not just for a technological breakthrough but for a symbol of hope—a future where humanity harnesses the power of the stars.

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