Magnet milestones move distant nuclear fusion dream closer

  • Workers receive a central solinoid magnet for the ITER project in Saint-Paul-Lez-Durance, France, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. Scientists at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in southern France took delivery of the first part of a massive magnet so strong its American manufacturer claims it can lift an aircraft carrier. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

SAINT-PAUL-LES-DURANCE, France — Teams working on two continents have marked similar milestones in their respective efforts to tap an energy source key to the fight against climate change: They’ve each produced very impressive magnets.