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Podcast: Fusion

The interior of the Sun.

When the Universe formed after the Big Bang, all we had was hydrogen. But through the process of fusion, these hydrogen atoms were crushed into heavier and heavier elements. Fusion gives us warmth and light from the Sun, destruction with fusion bombs, and might be a source of inexpensive energy. We’ll also look into the controversy of cold fusion.

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Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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  • Nerull November 11, 2010, 10:46 AM

    Slight correction, after big bang nucelosynthesis, the makeup of the universe by mass was: “75% of hydrogen-1, about 25% helium-4, about 0.01% of deuterium, trace (on the order of 10^?10) amounts of lithium and beryllium, and no other heavy elements.”

  • Torbjorn Larsson OM November 11, 2010, 10:48 AM

    Another correction is that there is no “controversy” on cold fusion any more than on AGW, say. Been there, done that.

  • Aqua November 12, 2010, 9:01 AM

    As always your conversations open doors and illuminate! Thank you for sharing your dialogue.