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China’s Artificial Sun

The first plasma discharge from China’s experimental advanced superconducting research center — the so-called “artificial sun” — is set to occur next month.

The discharge, expected about Aug. 15, will be conducted at Science Island in Hefei, in east China’s Anhui Province, the Peoples Daily reported Monday.

Scientists told the newspaper a successful test will mean the world’s first nuclear fusion device of its kind will be ready to go into actual operation, the newspaper said.

The plasma discharge will draw international attention since some scientists are concerned with risks involved in such a process. But Chinese researchers involved in the project say any radiation will cease once the test is completed.

The experiment will take place in a structure made of reinforced concrete, with five-foot-thick walls and a three-foot-thick roof.

Published in researchmaterial


  1. fogbat fogbat

    Ah, well…

    If the Earth does get destroyed by the Chinese, at least there’ll be an element of surprise. My money’s always been on the Yanks.

  2. Kim Kim

    BYE CHINA! *waves*

  3. “Chinese researchers involved in the project say any radiation will cease once the test is completed”
    Yes all the radiation will stop once it stops having enough fuel (aka the Earth) to burn.

    I figured we were going out with a whimper, looks like we might get the bang!

  4. Dane Dane

    Reminds me of the ziggurat experiment in Rintaro’s / Osamu Tezuka’s Metropolis

  5. So, if this fails spectacularly, will the
    result be an “Argentina Syndrome”?

  6. I’m going to marry a chinaman.

  7. Yup. Venuns, Sun-Domes, Ray Bradbury– The Long Rain.

  8. Chris George Chris George

    I pray that they have an adequate tokamak – this sort of experiment could in theory ignite the earth’s oxygen, which would be a bad thing.

    But no-one’s gonna fuck with China; they’re going to THE future super power and lack adequate oil resources to justify a war.

  9. Arsnof Arsnof

    Hopefully, Chinese Spider-Man will be able to stop the inevitable Chinese Dr. Octopus.

  10. optical optical

    Mmh. So if the Big Burn starts in China, those of us on the western hemisphere will have ample warning and plenty of time…
    …to run around screaming like madmen and riot on the streets. Sweet.

  11. RLC RLC

    I still keep my head sized paper bag handy in case of global destruction.

  12. MAdMaN MAdMaN

    Didn’t they say the nuclear bomb would burn up the planet’s oxygen? Unitl it actually happens, there’s nothing to worry about.

  13. MrPerson MrPerson

    Yay! Another chance to get a Post-Apocalyptic Future!

  14. Arjan Arjan

    “Until it actually happens there’s nothing to worry about.”

    It looks like logic, but it actually isn’t. You could easily replace this statement by saying, “Before I made a mistake, I did not make that mistake.”

  15. Steve No_ Steve No_

    Finally, an Artificial Sun for Artificial People to wake up to, after a long night of my-robot-can-outdrink-your-robot.

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