nuclear fusion

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nuclear fusion

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(Nuclear Physics) a reaction in which two nuclei combine to form a nucleus with the release of energy. Sometimes shortened to: fusion Compare nuclear fission See also thermonuclear reaction
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Noun1.nuclear fusion - a nuclear reaction in which nuclei combine to form more massive nuclei with the simultaneous release of energy
cold fusion - nuclear fusion at or near room temperatures; claims to have discovered it are generally considered to have been mistaken
nuclear reaction - (physics) a process that alters the energy or structure or composition of atomic nuclei
thermonuclear reaction - a nuclear fusion reaction taking place at very high temperatures (as in the sun)
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The international nuclear fusion project - named Iter, meaning "the way" in Latin - is designed to demonstrate a new kind of nuclear reactor that is capable of producing unlimited supplies of cheap, clean, safe and sustainable electricity from atomic fusion, the Independent reported.
NIF is intended to simulate the extreme temperatures and pressures of "ignition"--an atomic fusion event propagating a nuclear explosion--for the first time in a laboratory.
No mention was made (by him) of desalination, using renewable energy sources (wind and solar, just to mention two), or atomic fusion to produce drinking-quality water.