June 27th, 2011
06:28 PM ET

Glossary: MECO

MECO is main-engine cutoff, the point at which a space craft's main engines stop firing. For the space shuttle, MECO occurs about 8 minutes after liftoff and indicates that the shuttle has reached orbit.

Filed under: Glossary
June 27th, 2011
01:24 PM ET

Seaside Sunrise

"The sun rises over the Atlantic Ocean silhouetting space shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters on Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the image taken on June 23, 2011."

Source: NASA

Filed under: Light up the screen
June 27th, 2011
10:47 AM ET

Can one idea be energy's holy grail?

Michel Laberge quit his job to invent a "glorified jackhammer" that he hoped would save the planet. That was 10 years ago.

Now, investors are betting more than $30 million on that jackhammer idea, which may yield a holy grail of energy - a safe, clean and unlimited power source called hot fusion.

Laberge is trying to do something that no one has ever done: create a controlled "net gain" fusion reaction that creates more energy than is required to produce it. It's the same process that powers our sun. If it works, it could solve huge problems like climate change, the energy crunch and reliance on foreign oil.


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