Hopes of developing nuclear fusion in the UK secured a major boost this week, after researchers from the UK Atomic Energy Authority powered-up a multi-million pound machine that proponents hope may pave the way for the country’s first fusion power station. The government announced yesterday that the device, dubbed the Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak (MAST) Upgrade, has successfully produced its first plasma, the heated hydrogen gas required for nuclear fusion, following a lengthy seven-year assembly period.
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