Lots of ideas have been suggested to plug BP’s oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but none as incendiary as using a nuclear weapon. And yes, this has actually been tried before in previous petro-calamities.
Fifty years ago, scientists predicted that fusion would provide the world with an endless supply of energy. That hasn’t turned out to be true. Charles Seife, author of Sun in a Bottle, talks about whether or not nuclear fusion will ever be a viable energy source.
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