Weekly Podcast: Groundbreaking Fusion Experiments Bring the World Closer to a New Source of Clean Energy

This week, significant milestones were reached in both the fusion energy and shipping industries. A team at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory improved their previous record of creating more power than required to sustain it by 25%, releasing almost twice the energy they put in. Meanwhile, the UK’s JET reactor set a new world record for total energy output from any fusion reaction before shutting down for good late last year. These advancements bring us closer to practical, sustainable fusion energy but there is still much work to be done.

On the other hand, a historic drought has caused a shipping traffic jam in the Panama Canal, one of the world’s most important shipping routes. With record low levels of water, fewer ships can pass through the intricate system of locks that carry them across the narrow strip of land. As climate change increases the likelihood of extreme droughts, how could this impact both the cost of shipping goods and Panama’s economy?

In terms of brain science, a new study found that microdosing LSD causes noticeable changes in brain activity even though people don’t feel any hallucinatory effects. The drug makes brain signals become far more complex than they would normally be. This research sheds light on the relationship between consciousness and neural complexity.

Magma flowing into a giant crack formed by this year’s volcanic eruption in Iceland was caught moving at a rate of 7400 cubic metres per second – the fastest ever recorded for this kind of event. The kilometres-long crack first began producing eruptions in December last year and another began just this week. So what lies ahead for those living nearby?

By Editor

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