North Korea Claims Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough
Mastering nuclear fusion has stymied physicists for decades. The most that highly advanced, and funded, scientific labs have been able to accomplish has been very small scale fusion under tightly controlled laboratory environments. With this in mind, North Korea’s May 12th announcement that it has succeeded in creating a true thermo-nuclear reaction is being met with more than a little skepticism.
The lure of nuclear fusion is that, if controlled, it could produce a virtually limitless amount of energy. Just look at that sun shining in the sky for a perfect example of just how limitless nuclear fusion can be. However, ‘control ‘is the operative word here. Fusion is enormously difficult to control. That fact is leading scientists in other nations to doubt the veracity of the North Koreans’ claim.
The announcement came on the birthday of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-Sung, whose name means “Day of the Sun”. Sun? Fusion? Get it? Evidently, North Korea’s state-controlled news agencies can be counted on to make somewhat outlandish scientific claims on this date.