Recently I told you that the United Kingdom joined the nuclear fusion project. Since that news laser fusion is hot!
One of the big advantages of laser fusion compared to magnetic fusion is that laser fusion produces much higher temperatures and pressures with faster fusion as result. The National Ignition Facility at Livermore is the worlds biggest fusion laser. They hope to produce more energy from fusion than is needed to generate the laser pulse by the end of next year. They are very optimistic about the first running laser fusion power plant. A plant producing about 440 megawatts of electricity is expected in a decade. Plants of 1000 megawatts (full scaled version) will follow later.
More about laser fusion, its advantages and the latest developments you can read in this article from New Scientist
On August 8 of this year I started this blog. This means that today is my blogs one month anniversary!
I started this blog encouraged by my roommate Wouter Vandenneucker and a Canadian teacher Heidi Siwak. And I’m so glad I did it! In the last month I received lots of nice comments and messages from people who are interested in my cause and my articles.
So thank you all for your nice responses and I am definitely going through with this. And I hope I can soon share with you some exciting experiences related to my studies and further career!
Introducing myself to someone usually goes the same way. I tell them my name is Sienke, 22 years old, and that I am studying industrial sciences in nuclear technology. When saying these last words all I see are thoughtful faces.
And I wonder why!
I am not really different than any other girl. My favorite colors are purple and pink, I have over ten pairs of shoes and I have a cat that I adore. But besides that I love science!
The reason I am starting this blog is because there are so many women who did great things in science and still girls rarely choose for a career in this direction. In this blog I will write about women who have invented something, women who have won the Nobel Prize, female engineers and astronauts and lots of other things. I will also write about my own experiences.
And I hope that someday you will encourage your daughters, your sisters, your friends and maybe even your mother to do something in science because there is no reason why they should not.