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May 2014

How do you finally get nuclear fusion to work? One answer: Crowdfund it!

New Jersey company taps modern, free financing in the chase of energy’s Holy Grail

Out with the copper, in with the beryllium: Eric Lerner (left) examines the copper electrodes on his fusion machine. With crowdfunding, he hopes to replace them with beryllium versions.

If you play a game of word association with the phrase “nuclear fusion,” chances are someone will shout out, “always forty years in the future”(maybe they’d say “thirty” but you get the point) and, “expensive.” Fusion, the elusive Holy Grail energy technology, has remained decades away ever since physicists seriously began positing it in the 1950s as a clean, safe, plentiful power source. It can indeed carry a hefty price

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New frontiers for nuclear include Africa – and not just for electricity

Could the continent start hosting novel reactors?

Lagos, Nigeria is Africa's largest city with about 21 million people. It and the rapidly growing country lack adequate electricity and clean water. Nuclear power looks poised to help.

It is becoming a trend: As countries from the developed world prevaricate over nuclear power, the technology is gaining favor in underdeveloped nations and other places where you might not expect it as a source of desperately needed clean, steady, low-carbon electricity. Want proof?  Just look at the last week’s headlines from Africa alone, where three countries – Nigeria, Kenya and Algeria – all made moves toward establishing their first

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Indonesia’s nuclear future: Electricity, clean water and – Bill Gates?

A low-CO2 model for other countries too

The greening of Kalimantan: Lush Indonesia generates close to 90 percent of its electricity from coal, oil and natural gas. It needs a lot more power to sustain its economic growth, and it's looking toward nuclear, which could power smelters and desalination in places like Kalimantan (above).

Nuclear energy developer Bill Gates – better known as software billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates – is reportedly mulling a proposal to build his novel reactor for Indonesia, and while a deal looks unlikely, the prospect underscores how nuclear is poised for a pivotal transition towards not only superior new reactor technologies, but also to new markets and innovative uses of the clean energy source. Gates, who is chairman of

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