Reports from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) claim that researchers there have obtained nuclear fusion in a laboratory by heating crystalline lithium tantalate bathed in deuterium gas. However, the claims do not promise endless renewable energy as far too few neutrons are produced by the system to be viable for commercial applications. Team leader Seth Putterman says, "we are nowhere near generating that kind of power." Nevertheless, the bench-top method developed by Putterman and his colleagues represents an important step towards a fusion power source because it is a self-contained system that precludes the need for a large high voltage power supply to kick-start the fusion process.
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