An introduction to the concept of nuclear fusion and details of current scientific research. It looks at the work of the Joint European Torus (JET) project near Oxford in the UK. This facility is investigating the production of energy from nuclear fusion. Much detail of this process is given through an explanation of how the Sun produces energy. It ends with a brief discussion about the lower risks and reduced pollution of fusion when compared with fission.

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18 November 2008

After watching the clip, students could be asked to explain nuclear fusion in their own words. Ask students to explain how current research is being carried out in this field. They could also look at the importance of finding safe ways to create energy and at cheaper cost.