just out of curiosity, has anybody ever heard of this?
a $5 billion laser the size of a football stadium designed to ignite miniature hydrogen bomb explosions.
edit: nevermind. i got it.
As of October 7, 2013, this facility is understood to have achieved an important milestone towards commercialization of fusion, namely, for the first time a fuel capsule gave off more energy than was applied to it. This is still a long way from satisfying the Lawson Criterion, but is a major step forward.
The NIF was used as the set for the starship Enterprise's warp core in the movie Star Trek Into Darkness.