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Episode 83 - Nuclear Power and Fusion

January 23, 2022 Daniel Episode 83
Breaking Bad Science
Episode 83 - Nuclear Power and Fusion
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We talked last week about the wonders and possibilities of traveling among the stars and visiting other planets via warp drives. While discussing it, we mentioned the incredible amount of power required to make something like that a reality. So what would that kind of power look like? How can it be achieved on a scale to even make it feasible? What exactly is Fusion...besides that thing that makes Gotenks? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they discuss the wonders of nuclear power and the possibility of fusion energy. 

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