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China turns on its ‘artificial sun’ in quest for nuclear fusion energy

<b>China turns on its ‘artificial sun’ in quest for nuclear fusion energy</b>The HL-2M Tokamak apparatus is able to operate at 150 million degrees Celsius (270 million Fahrenheit), a temperature 10 times hotter than the sun.
The fusion reactor is located in southwestern Sichuan province and completed late last year. It has been often called 'an artificial sun' because of the enormous energy and heat it releases. Fusion is what powers the sun. Unlike fission, fusion does not create radioactive waste, and carries less risk of accidents or the theft of atomic material. But achieving fusion is extremely difficult and very expensive, with the total cost of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) estimated at $22.5 billion.


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