Monday, February 2nd, 2015 - Dr. Brent Covele is trying to find a way to pull clean fuel from seawater via nuclear fusion


Dr. Brent Covele at the University of Texas’ Institute for Fusion Studies joined us to talk about his research on harnessing energy through nuclear fusion. We discuss the reactions associated with fusion, “acceptable radioactivity”, “dangerous radioactivity”, and the details behind how this research is done. Dr. Covele explains what a tokamak is, the importance of supercomputers in the field, and how both of these are used to study fusion. Tune in to this episode to hear Dr. Brent Covele expand on the comparison between fission and fusion, and the relative pros and cons of energy extraction via nuclear processes.

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