Inside job: A new technique to cool a fusion reactor

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Fusion offers the potential of near limitless energy by heating a gas trapped in a magnetic field to incredibly high temperatures where atoms are so energetic that they fuse together when they collide. But if that hot gas, called a plasma, breaks free from the magnetic field, it must be safely put back in place to avoid damaging the fusion device -- this problem has been one of the great challenges of magnetically confined fusion.

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