China has claimed a breakthrough in the race to develop cheap, clean energy through nuclear fusion, a dream of scientists for decades. The potential of the reaction that occurs in the sun has long been recognised by researchers but they have struggled to recreate the process without putting in more energy than was released. Scientists at the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science say that they have made a big advance towards creating an artificial sun, generating a core temperature of 100 million degrees centigrade, greater control over the reaction and a higher ratio of energy output. The core of the sun is about 15 million degrees centigrade.
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