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|The largest laser system in the world was turned on for a fraction of a second July 5, and it unleashed the most powerful laser blast in history - besting a record set mere months earlier... Scientists celebrated the historic test, which created conditions in the laboratory that had previously only existed deep within the heart of a star... In fission, atoms are split and the massive energy released is captured. NIF aims for fusion, the ongoing energy process in the sun and other stars where hydrogen and helium nuclei are continually fusing and releasing enormous amounts of energy... NIF's managers hope by the end of the year to reach a break-even point, where the energy released is equal to if not greater than the energy that went into the blast. 'We have all the capability to make it happen in fiscal year 2012.'|
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