March 18, 2013
Our lives revolve entirely around electricity. Dennis Whyte, a Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT, has a vision for how we can consume energy in a cleaner, nearly limitless way. It’s called magnetic fusion—the same process that keeps our sun and stars burning bright. To recreate that power, a group of researchers at MIT are working to bring a star to earth—that is, they’re engineering a device that uses powerful magnetic fields and advanced superconductor materials. It’s not science fiction, it’s happening right now at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center in Cambridge, MA. In this future-facing TEDxBeaconStreet talk, Dennis Whyte talks through the development of a revolutionary energy device that can change our world in a very big way.