The World of Mad ScienceWell, the ITER has finally decided to build its fusion reactor in France. It has magnet buildings. It will hopefully be a working practical fusion power plant. Predictably, the slashdot discussion descended into people babbling about France surrendering. Roughly 90% of Americans seem unaware that America is a contributor; they see it as a French plot. Silly people. The plant should start operating in 2016. 13% of total cost will be for conductors.
And, some crackpot has decided that the obvious way to combat global warning is to build a ring around Earth, This would cost from 6 trillion to 200 trillion US dollars. Bring back the Orion project, I say! Simply bribing every government on earth to ban petrol engines and stop building coal power plants might be more cost-effective, though.