Monthly Archives: February 2010

Kudos to University of California Scientists at the National Ignition Facility


Anyone who lives in Berkeley knows how central the University of California is to our beloved city. They also probably know what an important place the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has in the University of California academic “ecosystem.”

I love to hike up Centennial Drive to the wonderful Lawrence Hall of Science above Berkeley:

Every time I visit, I realize the incredible historical role the University of California, Berkeley, has played in the history of science:

Last week, the scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA, hit another one out of the park, so to speak, and everyone can be proud of UCB and the Livermore Lab folks.

On Thursday, Januray 28th, 2010, the scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in Livermore announced that they had used a super-laser to create a fusion reaction that produced more energy than it used. This was a scientific breakthrough that helps bring us even closer to the “holy grail” of clean, sustainable fusion energy.

If you want to learn all about this breakthrough, and the science behind it—in language non-scientists or high school students can understand—stop by my sister blog, Goodheart’s Extreme Science and check out:

How Scientists brought the power of the Sun to Earth

This post has some great images from the LLN Lab and scientific explanations that just about anyone can understand. I think you’ll find it interesting and fun.

So, enjoy! And congratulations to the amazing men and women of NIF and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory! Once again, the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrates its unique place in academia and the scientific world.