After years of deliberation, it has been decided that the ITER prototype nuclear fusion reactor will be sited in Cadarache. The debating process revealed a lot about the pettiness and internal politics of the scientific community – one of the reasons I’m unlikely to stay in the field.

New Scientist: France to build world’s largest fusion reactor
Nature: France wins fusion project

I’ve always been a fan of fusion power, partly because it represents a near-unobtainable future tech that could wipe out our dependence on fossil fuels at a stroke. It’s nice to see that the project is going ahead, but by the time the technology has matured we’ll have either moved to renewables or been baked along with the rest of the planet.

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